San Jose, Calif.-Savanah Leaf had a team-high 18 kills, and Krista Miller had her first double-double of the season Saturday night as the San Jose State volleyball team fell to UC Santa Barbara 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 in the final match of the San Jose State/Santa Clara Invitational at Spartan Gym.
Leaf recorded her 18 kills on 47 attempts and added nine digs and two block assists in the match. Miller topped her season-best with 10 kills and added 17 digs for her first double-double .
Alex Akana led San Jose State with four blocks assists. She hit a team-best .263 for the match with eight kills on 19 attempts and just three errors. Setter Caitlin Andrade tallied 45 assists, six digs, three kills and two blocks. She moved closer to ninth-place all-time in assists at San Jose State. Andrade stands at 2,068 assists and needs just 24 to move into ninth place.
San Jose State started the match by winning the first set, 25-22. The Spartans took the lead for good at 18-17 on one of Kylie Miraldi's four kills on the night. A kill by Akana gave San Jose State the win.
The Spartans battled the Gauchos over the next three sets, but could not overcome deficits in each set in the loss.
Others contributing for the Spartans included libero Katie Turner with 13 digs and two service aces. Hanah Blume had 11 digs and an ace, while Taylor Japhet tallied eight kills and four digs. Freshman Samantha O'Connell made her Spartan debut in the third set and recorded an attempt.
San Jose State returns to the court next week at the Hilton Stockton Invitational hosted by the University of the Pacific. The Spartans face the Tigers Thursday night at 7 p.m., followed by CSU Bakersfield on Friday and Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside on Saturday.
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UC Santa Barbara def. San Jose State - 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.
Kills - UCSB - Leah Sully 16; Stacey Schmidt 13; Kara Sherrard 13.
San Jose State - Savanah Leaf 18; Krista Miller 10.
Records - UC Santa Barbara 5-4; San Jose State 2-6.
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