Volleyball Splits Matches; Burke Reaches 1,000 Kill Plateau

Sacramento, Calif.On day two of action for the Spartan volleyball team at the Sacramento State Invitational, San Jose State split a pair of matches.  The team defeated host Sacramento State, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, but lost a hard-fought five-set match to Cal State Northridge, 29-27, 16-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15.  Spartan Colleen Burke also reached the 1,000 career kill mark against the Matadors.

In the first match of the day, Niki Clement recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 kills and 14 digs.  Colleen Burke hit .455 with 12 kills on 22 attempts and only two hitting errors and added a team-high four blocks.  Brianna Amian added 14 kills and hit .385 for the match (14-4-26).

After a triple-double Friday night, Emily Burke followed that up Saturday afternoon with a double-double in the Spartan win.  She had 48 assists and 11 digs.  Burke added a season-best three block assists and five kills.

Other contributing included Kristal Tsukano who had a season-best 18 digs and four assists.  Kelly Crown had seven kills and 13 digs, while Nia Freeman had six kills and three blocks, one solo and two assists.

“We played very confidently in this match,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “We found our rhythm offensively during this match.  Our middles, Colleen and Nia, did nicely for us.  I am proud of our offensive production.”

The Spartans hit .304 for the match.  The team hit .310 in game one to win 25-18, and won game four by hitting .613 with 19 kills on 31 attempts and no errors.

Against Cal State Northridge Saturday night, another Spartan reached the 1,000 career kill plateau.  With 11 kills, Colleen Burke became the 12th San Jose State player in school history to record 1,000 or more career kills.  She ended the weekend with 1,005 kills.  In the match, Burke hit .526 with only one hitting error in 19 attempts and added six blocks including a career-best two solo blocks.

Three other Spartans recorded double-digit kills against the Matadors, led by Kelly Crow who tied her season-high with 17 kills.  She also had a double-double with 12 digs and added three block assists.  Clement had 15 kills and 10 digs for her second-straight double-double and added four block assists.  Amian recorded a season-best 15 kills with seven digs and four block assists. 

Freeman tied her career high in blocks with seven block assists.  She also had five kills and two digs.  Tsukano had a season-high 23 digs and six assists.  Emily Burke recorded 53 assists, seven digs and six kills.

“We didn’t handle the ball well enough in set five after leading 8-2,” said Crespo.  “We were a little tired in the set, but we didn’t pass the ball well enough

“Overall, we did a nice job this weekend. We executed our game plan and how we were going to attack our opponents.  We came together this weekend and matured on the court.”

With her kill totals on Saturday, Clement is now 10th all-time on the San Jose State career kill list.  She now has 1,075 kills in three-plus season and passed Melissa Myers for 10th place.  Clement needs 26 kills to tie Christa Cook for ninth place at 1,101 kills.

In other career totals, Clement moved into eighth all-time in career kill attempts with 2,871, and 10th in block assists with 221.  Colleen Burke remained second in hitting percentage at .313, and moved into eighth in block assists at 238.  She needs just one block to move into 10th place all time at 257.  Emily Burke entered the all-time assist list this weekend and is now ninth with 1,487 career in assists in just 36 matches played.

San Jose State plays next weekend at the Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic in Los Angeles.  The team will play UC Irvine Friday night and Loyola Marymount and Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Sacramento State Invitational
Sacramento, Calif.

San Jose State def. Sacramento State 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18.

Kills San Jose State Niki Clement 15, Brianna Amian 14, Colleen Burke 12.

Sacramento State Brittany Ferguson 12, Desiree Hoyum 12.

Records San Jose State 2-4; Sacramento State 2-4.

Cal State Northridge def. San Jose State 29-27, 16-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15.

Kills San Jose State Kelly Crow 17, Niki Clement 15, Brianna Amian 15, Colleen Burke 11.

CS Northridge Angela Hupp 18, Brittany Williams 15, Puneet Pataria 13, Lynda Morales 11.

Records San Jose State 2-5; CS Northridge 4-2.

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