Boise, Idaho -A total team effort for the San Jose State volleyball teams helped propel them to a 25-13, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11 win over Southern Utah Saturday morning at the Boise State Invitational.
Samantha O'Connell led a quintet of Spartan hitters with 10 or more kills in the match. She had 16 kills and added six digs in the match. Alex Akana had 14 kills and a team-high three aces. Krista Miller hit .286 with her 12 kills on 28 attempts and four errors. She had her second double-double of the season with 13 digs.
Hanah Blume recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Mary Alice O'Reilly recorded 10 kills and added a team-best three blocks, one solo and two assists.
Michaela Leonard recorded her third consecutive and fifth double-double of the season with 46 assists and 11 digs. Leonard and O'Reilly have been named to the Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team for their efforts this weekend.
Libero Kiely Pieper led the Spartans with a career-best 23 digs.
San Jose State started the match strong, taking the lead at 2-1 and not looking back to win set one 25-13. The second set featured 11 tied scores and five lead changes before the Thunderbirds scored five consecutive points to take the lead and win 25-22.
The third and fourth sets were dominated by the team that won, with Southern Utah winning 25-20 in set three, and San Jose State winning set four 25-20 to force the fifth set.
In the fifth set, San Jose State took the lead on an O'Connell kill at 7-6 and did not look back as Blume recorded her 10th kill of the match to give the Spartans the 15-11 win and the team's fourth win of the season.
San Jose State opens the Western Athletic Conference portion of the schedule next week with matches at Texas State on Thursday night and at UTSA on Saturday afternoon.
Boise State Invitational
San Jose State def. Southern Utah - 25-13, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11.
Kills - Southern Utah - Ana Mailoto 17.
San Jose State - Samantha O'Connell 16; Alex Akan 14; Krista Miller 12; Hanah Blume 10; Mary Alice O'Reilly 10.
Records - Southern Utah 3-7; San Jose State 4-5.
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