Lubbock, Texas-After a 3-0 sweep of Texas-Pan American on Saturday, the San Jose State volleyball team finished 2-1 at the Lonestar Showdown hosted by Texas Tech the past two days. The Spartans split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Northwestern State 3-0 and falling to the Red Raiders 0-3.
Against Texas-Pan American, the Spartans hit a season-best .404 with 52 kills on 109 attempts and just eight errors in winning 25-23, 25-16, 25-17. Two Spartans hit better than .500 for the match - Mary Alice O'Reilly at .571 and Krista Miller at .542. O'Reilly and Miller each recorded 15 kills, and Miller had her first double-double of the season with 10 digs. Hanah Blume added 11 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.
San Jose State started the tournament with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 win over Northwestern State on Friday. Miller led the team with 13 kills, hit a season-best .765 with 17 attempts and no hitting errors and added four block assists. Samantha O'Connell recorded 11 kills and hit .320. Blume tied her career-high with 20 digs, while Kiely Pieper recorded a career-high 19 digs. Alex Akana led the Spartans with five blocks - tying her career high with two solo blocks and three block assists, and had three service aces.
The Spartans played a very close match with Texas Tech Friday night but fell to the Red Raiders 25-22, 28-26, 27-25. O'Reilly again led the team with 13 kills and hit .321 with 28 attempts and just four errors. O'Connell added 12 kills, while Blume had a double-double with 10 kills and a team-high 16 kills. Michaela Leonard recorded 36 assists, while Miller and Pieper each had 10 digs.
For their efforts this weekend, Blume and O'Reilly were named to the Lonestar Showdown All-Tournament. It is the second all-tournament honor this season for Blume and the first for O'Reilly.
"This weekend, we really played as team with great effort," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We passed well, served touch and are coming together nicely as a team. We are getting into a rhythm offensively on the floor. We had good wins this weekend
"The Texas Tech match was extremely competitive, and I am proud of the way we competed against them and in front of their crowd Friday night. We got down early in the last two sets and fought back in both set. I think it could have been a different outcome if we didn't get down six points and have to call a timeout to refocus our team."
San Jose State takes its 3-3 record to Boise, Idaho, next weekend for the Boise State Tournament. The Spartans face UC Irvine and Boise State on Friday, followed by Southern Utah on Saturday.
San Jose State def. Texas-Pan American - 25-23, 25-16, 25-17.
Kills - San Jose State - Mary Alice O'Reilly 15, Krista Miller 15, Hanah Blume 11.
Texas-Pan American - Krysta Freitsas 9.
Records - San Jose State 3-3; Texas-Pan American 1-6.
San Jose State def. Northwestern State - 25-18, 25-12-, 25-18.
Kills - Northwestern State - Mackenzie Neely 8.
San Jose State - Krista Miller 13, Samantha O'Connell 11.
Records - San Jose State 2-3; Northwestern State 1-3.
Texas Tech def. San Jose State - 25-22, 28-26, 27-25.
Kills - San Jose State - Mary Alice O'Reilly 13, Samantha O'Connell 12, Hanah Blume 10.
Texas Tech - Breeann David 13.
Records - San Jose State 2-3; Texas Tech 6-0.
# # #