Flagstaff, Ariz.-Krista Miller recorded three career highs for the San Jose State volleyball team Friday night at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The Spartans fell to host Northern Arizona, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21.
Miller led the team as she tied her career high with nine kills on a career-tying 22 attempts. She also recorded a team-best and career-tying five blocks in the match. Miller added seven digs in three sets played.
"Krista had a strong blocking night for us," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "She played a bit better than everyone else."
After losing the first set 25-13, the Spartans took an early 10-9 lead in the second set behind four consecutive serves by Caitlin Andrade and a kill by Savanah Leaf. Kylie Miraldi tied the set at 13-13 with one of her four kills, but three consecutive points scored by Northern Arizona gave them the lead for good and the 25-19 win.
In the third set, there were 10 tied scored and two lead changes before the Lumberjacks won 25-21. The Spartans took their first lead at 11-10 on a Leaf service aces. The two teams battled back and forth, and San Jose State took an 18-16 lead on a block by Miller and Mary Alice O'Reilly. Northern Arizona took the lead for good on a Spartan hitting error.
Contributing for the Spartans included Kylie Miraldi with four kills and two blocks, Taylor Japhet and Leaf each with three kills, Andrade with 18 assists and five digs, and Katie Turner with a team-best eight digs.
"We did not execute well tonight. We needed to figure out how to stop them, and our serve-receive was not good," said Crespo.
San Jose State continues play at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Saturday with match against New Mexico at 10 a.m., and Hampton at 4 p.m. Both matches will have live stats with a link provided on the Spartan website.
Northern Arizona def. San Jose State - 25-13, 25-19, 25-21.
Kills - San Jose State - Krista Miller 9.
Northern Arizona - Kobi Christensen 13.
Records - San Jose State 1-3; Northern Arizona 4-0.#