Stockton, Calif.-Setter Caitlin Andrade moved up two spots in the San Jose State career assist list with her 51 assists Thursday night as the San Jose State volleyball opened the Hilton Stockton Invitational with a win over host Pacific, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Andrade moved from 10th to eighth place with her 51 assists. She now has 2,119 assists in a Spartan uniform, passing Emily Burke at 2,092 and Jennifer Liston at 2,102. Andrade now needs 211 assists to move into seventh place with Susie Laymon at 2,330. Andrade had her second double-double of the season with her 51 assists and a career and team best 21 digs.
"Caitlin was key to our win tonight," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "She executed our game the way we needed and was smart with her choices in critical situations. Caitlin put the ball where are hitters needed it to be successful tonight."
Two other Spartans recorded double-doubles in the win. Savanah Leaf recorded her third double-double of the year with 21 kills and 14 digs, the exact numbers she had in the team's first win at Arizona State. Taylor Japhet added 11 kills and 16 digs and tied her career-high with three service aces.
San Jose State took an early 3-2 in the first set and never looked back to win 25-22. Pacific got as close as two points near the end of the set, but the Spartans took advantage of a Tiger ball handling error for the win.
The second set was closer with 12 tied scores and three lead changes. The score was tied at 15-15 before Japhet served four consecutive points to open the lead to 20-15. Leaf eventually put the set away with a kill at 25-20.
After falling 25-21 in the third set, San Jose State jumped out to a 16-10 lead in the fourth set. Pacific scratched its way back and tied the match at 19-19. The two teams stayed within two points before the Tigers took a 23-22 lead. Brianna Amian tied the set at 23-23 and kills by Japhet and Kylie Miraldi gave San Jose State the 25-23 win and the match.
"I am very happy with the win on the road and in a very tough place to play," said Crespo. "We played very composed and took care of business on our side of the net. Everyone had a part in our success tonight and made key plays in the win."
Alex Akana led the team in hitting at .308 with 12 kills on 26 attempts and just four errors. She added three blocks and three assists. Miraldi led the team with four blocks including a career-best three solo blocks and added eight kills.
Katie Turner had a season-best 19 digs. Krista Miller added seven kills, nine digs and two blocks. Amian added two kills and two digs.
San Jose State continues play at the Hilton Stockton Invitational on Friday with a match against CSU Bakersfield at 12 noon.
Hilton Stockton Tournament
San Jose State def. Pacific - 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23.
Kills - San Jose State - Savanah Leaf 21; Alex Akana 12; Taylor Japhet 11.
Pacific - Samantha Misa 21.
Records - San Jose State 3-6; Pacific 7-4.
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