San Antonio, Texas-Four Spartans recorded double-digit kills, led by Alex Akana's 15, but UTSA fought back in the fourth set to beat the San Jose State volleyball team 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 30-28, Saturday afternoon in a Western Athletic Conference match.
After Akana's 15 kills, Hanah Blume and Krista Miler each contributed 12 kills, while Mary Alice O'Reilly added 10 kills. Blume recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 17 digs, while Miller tied her career-best and recorded her third double-double with 20 kills. O'Reilly led the team with four blocks.
Setter Michaela Leonard recorded her fifth consecutive double-double with 50 assists and 13 digs. Samantha O'Connell had a career-high 17 digs to go with eight kills, while Kiely Pieper recorded 15 digs.
After falling 25-20 in the first set, San Jose State came out strong in the second set. After UTSA tied the score at 4-4, Miller recorded a kill to give the Spartans a lead at 5-4 that they would not relinquish and win 25-21.
UTSA came out after the break and won the third set 25-16. The Spartans then rebounded to start the fourth with a 10-1 lead with Blume serving three of the points, and Pieper serving for six points.
San Jose State had set point at 24-19, before the Roadrunners scored five consecutive points to tie the score at 24-25. The Spartans took the lead at 25-24 but UTSA responded with a kill. Miller then recorded her 12th kill of the match to give San Jose State a 26-25 lead and a chance to win with her serving. However, she recorded the team's 13th service error of the match to give the serve back to UTSA at 27-27.
The Spartans responded to take a 28-27 lead as Leonard set the ball over the net for a kill but an Akana hitting error in the net tied the score at 28-28. UTSA then took its first lead of the set on a Whitney Walls kills and won the match as McKenzie Adams put away her 24th kills of the match for the win.
"We had costly errors at the end of the fourth set which was the difference in us winning and losing," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We didn't come through at the end and answer UTSA's pressure.
"We are so much better than we were when we started three weeks ago. We are out-passing teams, and our middles can have good hitting matches. I am proud of the way we have handled four consecutive road trips to start the season and learned to battle on the way. We cannot wait to get home, clean up our errors in practice and play our next three matches at home."
San Jose State opens the home portion of the schedule with three matches in six days. The Spartans host Idaho on Thursday, Sept. 20, Seattle on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Pacific on Tuesday, Sept. 25. All three matches begin at 7 p.m., at Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.
UTSA def. San Jose State - 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 30-28.
Kills - San Jose State - Alex Akana 15; Hanah Blume 12; Krista Miller 12; Mary Alice O'Reilly 10.
UTSA - McKenzie Adams 24.
Records - San Jose State - 4-7, 0-2; UTSA 7-4, 1-1.
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