O'Reilly's Hot Hitting Leads Volleyball To Win

San Jose-Mary Alice O'Reilly hit .577, and Hanah Blume recorded her 11th kill on the final point of the match to give San Jose State a 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 15-8 win over Seattle U., Saturday night in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.

O'Reilly led the team with 17 kills on 26 attempts and hit just two errors.  After hitting .167 in the first set (3-2-6), O'Reilly did not have a hitting error in her final 20 attempts over the final four sets.  She also had two blocks, two assists and a dig in the win.

Three other Spartans recorded double-digit kills in the win.  Alex Akana hit .273 with 12 kills on 22 attempts and six errors.  She had a team-best three blocks (1-2) and added six digs and three assists.  Blume and Samantha O'Connell each had 11 kills.  Blume had her ninth double-double of the season as she had 10 digs. 

Michaela Leonard recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 51 assists and 13 digs.  Krista Miller added11 digs, five kills and two blocks, while Kiely Pieper added eight digs.

After losing the first set 25-16, the Spartans won the next two sets by identical scores of 25-22.  The team hit .344 in set two with 15 kills and just two errors.  Seattle then came back to win the fourth set, 25-16, to send the match to a fifth set.

In the fifth set, Seattle took early leads of 3-1 and 6-3 before the Spartans called a timeout.  O'Connell then took control of the set with a kill to make the score 6-4 and then served six consecutive points to give San Jose State a 10-6 that they would not relinquish.  Blume put the match away with her 11th kill to give San Jose State a 6-7 overall record and 2-2 mark in the WAC.

San Jose State hosts Pacific in a non-conference match on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.

San Jose State def. Seattle U., 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 15-8.)

Kills - Seattle U. - Kaytlyn Dill 18; Sarah Jaeckel 11; Karli Pedone 11; Andi Lowarnce 10.

San Jose State - Mary Alice O'Reilly 17; Alex Akana 12; Hanah Blume 11; Samantha O'Connell 11.

Records - Seattle U. 6-8, 1-3; San Jose State 6-7, 2-2.

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