Colorado Springs, Colo.—After trailing 2-0 at Air Force, the San José State volleyball team rallied to win the third set and had set point in the fourth set but fell to the Falcons, 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 29-27), Saturday afternoon at Falcon Court.
The Spartans had to fight all day during the set. The team fell by identical scores of 25-15 in the first two sets. In the third set, San José State trailed 23-21, but rallied with kills by Nandyala Gama and Giulia Gávio to tie the score at 23-23. The Falcons then had back-to-back hitting errors for the 25-23 Spartan win.
The Spartans had a 24-21 lead in the final set but could not put the Falcons away. San José State took its final lead at 25-24, and could not take the lead back after fighting to tie set three more times. Air Force won the set, 29-27, and the match on two Spartan hitting errors.
Sara Hibbs led the Spartan hitters with 12 kills and hit .296 for the match (12-4-27). She added five block assists and a team-high three aces. Tyanna Roy had 11 kills and three blocks, while Gama recorded 10 kills and had a team-high six block assists.
San José State is now 12-13 overall and 4-8 in the MW. The team returns home next week for two matches – Thursday the 5th against Utah State at 6 p.m., and Saturday the 7th versus Boise State at 1 p.m.
Falcon Court, Air Force Academy
Air Force def. San José State 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 29-27).
Records – San José State 12-13, 4-8; Air Force 11-15, 4-7.
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