Akana, Miller Have Good Nights For Volleyball

San Jose-Krista Miller hit .375, and Alex Akana led the Spartans with nine kills for the San Jose State volleyball team Wednesday night.  Saint Mary's rallied in the fourth set to defeat the Spartans, 25-7, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16, in the SJSU/SMC Tournament in Spartan Gym.


Miller recorded seven kills on 16 attempts with only one hitting error for her .375 hitting percentage.  Akana hit .353 with nine kills on 17 attempts and three errors. 

Others contributing included Brianna Amian with eight kills and seven digs and Hanah Blume with seven kills and six digs.  Caitlin Andrade had 28 assists and eight digs, while libero Courtney Zellmer had 13 digs and three assists.  Asia Casino added 10 digs and two service aces.  Taylor Japhet added four kills on seven attempts with one error for a .429 percentage.  Leilani Marple added two digs and an ace.

After falling 25-7 and 25-15 in the first two sets, the Spartans rallied in the third set to win 25-23.  The Spartans took the lead for good at 19-18 on a Japhet kill.  Saint Mary's got within one at 24-23, but Blume put the set away with her fifth kill of the game.

"We minimized our errors and passed well in the third set," said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  "We isolated our middles, and we had success on the right side.  Putting Taylor in the middle was a big change for her, and she did a nice job there."

Action at the SJSU/SMC Tournament continues on Thursday as the Spartans face #14 UCLA at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym.  On Friday, UCLA and Saint Mary's play at 5 p.m., followed by the Spartans and UC Riverside at 7 p.m.  On Saturday, UCLA and UC Riverside play at Spartan Gym at 10 a.m., while the tournament ends that night with UC Riverside playing at Saint Mary's at 7 p.m.

SJSU/SMC Tournament

Saint Mary's def. San Jose State - 25-7, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16.

Kills - Saint Mary's - Megan York 13, Lauren Corp 12, Gabby Jolly 11.

San Jose State - Alex Akana 9.

Records - Saint Mary's 3-1; San Jose State 0-4.

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