San Jose-Hanah Blume recorded her first collegiate double-double and helped lead the San Jose State volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-16, 34-32 win over UC Riverside Friday night at the SJSU/SMC Tournament at Spartan Gym.
Blume led the team with 14 kills and added 13 digs in the win. She hit .229 for the match with 35 kill attempts and only six hitting errors.
"This was a good win for our team," said Blume. "We are young and still growing. Just this week, we got better with each of our three matches and know we still have farther to go. We had to work really hard as team during the match and knew we had to win in three."
After winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-16, the Spartans were extended in the third set with five match points before winning 34-32. The two teams tied the set 15 times and 10 lead changes including five Highlander set points. Blume put away the match with her 14th kill on the night.
"I think we came away with an understanding that details are important in the match," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We were about staying in the moment during the match and not hesitating on the court. We pushed each other on the court and didn't give up. I am really pleased with our win tonight."
Other Spartan contributors in the win included Alex Akana with nine kills, a block and an ace. Caitlin Andrade had 37 assists, six digs, three kills and one block assist. Krista Miller added eight kills, three digs and block, while Sara Griest had six kills, a dig and a block. Brianna Amian and Taylor Japhet each contributed three kills.
Courtney Zellmer led the team with 20 digs and added two assists and two aces. Katie Turner added four digs, while Asia Casino had three digs, one assist and one ace.
In the earlier match of the day, #14 UCLA went four sets with Saint Mary's in a 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24 win. The Bruins were led by Dicey McGraw with 14 kills and 10 digs and Kelly Reeves with 12 kills and 13 digs. UCLA had 15 blocks in the match. Gabby Jolly led the Gaels with 17 kills.
The tournament ends Saturday with a morning match featuring #14 UCLA and UC Riverside at 10 a.m. at Spartan Gym. Saint Mary's and UC Riverside face off in Moraga at 7 p.m.
San Jose State def. UC Riverside - 25-21, 25-16, 34-32.
Kills - UCR - Bianca Endersby 8.
SJSU - Hanah Blume 14.
Records - UC Riverside 0-4; San Jose State 1-5.
#14 UCLA def. Saint Mary's - 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24.
Kills - SMC - Gabby Jolly 17.
UCLA - Dicey McGraw 14, Kelly Reeves 12.
Records - UCLA 4-1; Saint Mary's 3-2.
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