San José, Calif.-- The San José State volleyball team won sets two and four and forced a fifth set against Mountain West leader UNLV Saturday afternoon before losing 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 27-29, 15-11) in a conference match at Spartan Gym.
San José State is now 8-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference, while UNLV remain atop the standings with a 15-1 overall record and 4-0 MW mark.
The two middle blockers for San José State hit a combined .412 for the match, led by Nandyala Gama at .524 with 12 kills on 21 attempts and only one error. Thaliana Grajeda hit .333 with 13 kills on 30 attempts and only three errors.
Gama recorded her second double-digit blocking match of the season with 10 total blocks, one solo and nine assists. Breann Robinson added five blocks, one solo and four assists, while Hana Tresnáková had four block assists.
Defensively, Luiza Andrade led the team with 23 digs, her fifth match of the year with 20 or more digs. Jamie Hirai added a season-best 14 digs, while Tresnáková rounded out the quartet of players in double-digit digs with 12.
Robinson recorded 55 assists for the team and added eight digs to go with her five blocks.
This was the second consecutive five-set match for the Spartans after a 3-2 win over New Mexico this past Thursday night. San José State dropped the first set Saturday, 25-19, after leading for much of the set. The Spartans led by as many as four points, the last at 15-11, before UNLV used a 6-2 to tie the set at 17-17 before taking control for the win.
In the second set, UNLV jumped out to a 12-7 lead and maintain the lead at 23-20. The Spartans then got kills from four different players and a Rebel hitting error to win 25-23 on a Tresnáková kill. San José State also hit .300 for the set (11-2-30).
After the 10-minute break, the two teams battled in the third set, with neither team taking more than a three-point lead. The Spartans tied the match at 21-21, but UNLV scored four of the last five points to win 25-22.
The fourth set was any teams to win. The Rebels looked like they were on their way to victory with a 20-14 lead, but the Spartans showed they were not ready to give up. The team got four consecutive points while Ciara Reistad was serving to close the gap to 20-19. Tied at 21-21, the two teams battled back and fourth as UNLV had match points, 24-23 and 25-24, but San José State rallied each time to tie. The Spartans also had set point two at 27-26 and 28-27 before a solo block by Gama gave SJSU the 29-27 win.
UNLV took control of the fifth set early on and led by as many as three at 7-4. The Spartans rallied and took the lead at 8-7 on a Gávio kill and led 9-7 before the Rebels again chipped away at the lead and won 15-11.
The Spartans go back on the road next week for matches at Nevada on October 6, and at San Diego State on October 8.
UNLV def. San José State - 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 27-29, 15-11).
Records - UNLV 15-1, 4-0; San José State 8-8, 1-3.
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