Las Vegas-Hanah Blume led the Spartans in kills in both matches at the UNLV Classic Saturday afternoon as the Spartans defeated UNLV, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21, but fell to Cal State Northridge, 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19.
Against UNLV, Blume recorded 17 kills on 32 attempts and hit .312 for the match. She added nine digs, three assists and two blocks in the win. In the team's loss to the Matadors, Blume had 13 kills to lead San Jose State as she hit .370 for the match and added four digs.
In the victory, Brianna Amian hit .455 for the match with 12 kills on 22 attempts and only two hitting errors. Alex Akana led the team with five blocks, one solo and four assists, while she and Taylor Japhet each added eight kills.
Caitlin Andrade recorded 50 assists and nine digs, while Katie Turner had 13 digs in the match. Asia Casino had seven digs, while Courtney Zellmer added six.
The Spartans used strong hitting in sets one and four to propel them to the win. The team had just two hitting errors in the first set, hitting .438 with 16 kills on 32 attempts. The fourth set found San Jose State hitting .351 with 17 kills on 37 attempts and just four errors.
In the loss to the Matadors, Amian added 10 kills and three blocks, while Akana had five kills and three blocks. Taylor Japhet recorded a season-high nine kills and five digs. Miraldi added five kills and two blocks.
Andrade recorded 39 assists and nine digs while running the offense. Turner led the defense with 16 digs. Casino added 10 digs.
San Jose State returns home next week to open Western Athletic Conference play. The team hosts Boise State on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner for Fourth and San Carlos Streets.
Las Vegas, Nev.
San Jose State def. UNLV - 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21.
Kills - SJSU - Hanah Blume 17, Brianna Amian 12.
UNLV - Candice Thomas 14, Kelsey Keeler 12, Sara Nehf 12.
Records - San Jose State 5-7; UNLV 3-8.
Cal State Northridge def. San Jose State - 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19
Kills - SJSU - Hanah Blume 13, Brianna Amian 10.
CSN - Mahina Haina 12, Natalie Allen 11.
Records - San Jose State 5-8; Cal State Northridge 6-7.
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