Volleyball Comeback Falls Short Against Utah State

San JoseTwo Spartan volleyball players had 20 or more kills, but the San Jose State volleyball team’s comeback bid fell short against Utah State as the team fell in five sets, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11, Saturday evening at Spartan Gym.

Kelly Crow led the Spartans with a career-best 24 kills.  She hit a team-high.370 in the match with 54 attempts and only four hitting errors.  She also had her second double-double of the season with a season-high 17 digs.  Crow added a block and an assist in the match.

“I was extremely focused tonight,” said Crow on her performance this evening.  “I wanted to win this evening and losing Thursday night was devastating to this team.  As a team, we came together after Thursday night and decided we needed to play harder.”

Niki Clement added 20 kills and had her fifth double-double of the season with 11 digs.  She added a season-best two solo blocks.

One key contributor off the bench for San Jose State was Kylie Miraldi.  She came off the bench in the first set and changed the dynamic on the floor for the Spartans.  She added three kills and three blocks, one solo and two assists, in the match.

“Kylie brought a positive energy to the floor when she came in the match,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “She was active on the floor and infused an energy level that some of our players already have on the court.”

Others contributing for San Jose State included Colleen Burke who had eight kills, five digs and three block assists.  Brianna Amian added seven kills and a team-high four block assists.  Emily Burke had her first double-double of the year with 53 assists and 11 digs.  Kristal Tsukano added 16 digs, three service aces and three assists.

The Spartans fell behind in the match after losing the first set to the Aggies, 25-22.  In the second set, San Jose State took charge from the first service and got out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back.  The team hit .357 in the set with 12 kills on 28 attempts and only two errors.

After the break, San Jose State won the third set 25-21.  The team led by as many as six points during the set.  The Spartans hit .325 in the third set with 16 kills on 40 attempts and only three errors.

In the fourth set, the Spartans held a 10-6 lead, but Utah State chipped away at the lead took the lead for good at 14-13.  San Jose State got within one point at 24-23, but an attack error by Clement gave the Aggies the fourth set.

The fifth set featured four tied scores and two lead changes.  Utah State took the lead for good at 12-11 and served the next three points for the match victory.

San Jose State now goes on the road for two Western Athletic Conference matches.  The team plays at Nevada on Thursday and at Fresno State next Saturday.  Both matches begin at 7 p.m.  A live stat link for each match will be available on www.sjsuspartans.com.

Utah State def. San Jose State 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11.

Kills Utah State Melissa Osterloh 21, Katie Astle 10.

San Jose State Kelly Crow 24, Niki Clement 20.

Records Utah State 3-9, 1-0; San Jose State 4-8, 0-2.

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