Volleyball Falls To Broncos In Five Sets

San Jose-Four Spartans recorded double-digit kills Saturday afternoon, but the San Jose State volleyball team fell to Boise State, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13, in Spartan Gym.

Taylor Japhet led all San Jose State hitters with 16 kills, while Kristal Tsukano recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs.  Kylie Miraldi led the Spartans in hitting at .611 as she recorded 13 kills on 18 attempts and only two hitting errors.  She also led the team in blocking with three, one solo and two assists.  Alex Akana added 12 kills, four digs and two blocks.

The Spartans won the first set after jumping out to an early 5-1 lead and never game up the lead.  Japhet recorded the final two kills of the set as San Jose State won 25-17.

In set two, the two teams played within two points for much of the set before Boise State took a 14-10 lead.  The Spartans slowly chipped away at the lead and took the lead for good at 17-16 with a Caitlin Andrade service ace.  The Spartans did not relinquish the lead and won 25-22.

After the 10-minute intermission, Boise State came out and took an early 4-1 lead.  The Spartans fought back and had a four-point lead at 10-6 on an Akana service ace.  San Jose State maintained the lead and had a 17-13 lead before the Broncos started chipping away.  Boise State took the lead at 19-18 on a Kati Lewis service ace and maintained the lead for the rest of set to win 25-20. 

In the fourth set, the two teams each took leads with Boise State taking its final lead on a Tsukano service error.  The Broncos then scored the final three points to win 25-21 to force a fifth and deciding set, the first time this season either team had been forced to a fifth set.

The two teams again traded the lead six times in the final set and had 10 ties.  The Spartans had the lead at 11-10, but Boise State took a 13-11 lead on back-to back San Jose State hitting errors.  The Spartans tied the match at 13-13, but Boise State rallied for the final two points to win the match. 

"We were not effective passing today," said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  "We lost because we could not pass to the net off of Boise's serve.  Our bad passing did not give our offense a chance to get into a rhythm including setting our middles more. 

"Kylie and Alex did a good job for us today, but they did not get enough of the offense set to them."

Others contributing for the Spartans included Andrade with a season-best 49 assists, 11 digs, three service aces, two kills and a block assist.  Libero Thao Pham had 14 digs, four aces and three assists, while Asia Casino recorded five digs, two aces and two assists.  Devan Wong had a season-best six digs, while Krista Miller hade five kills and five digs.  Katie Turner had two digs in one set played, while Kaci Miller saw action on two sets.

After two home matches, San Jose State goes back on the road next week for a WAC match.  The team plays at Utah State Thursday night at 7 p.m. MDT.

Boise State def. San Jose State - 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13.

Kills - Boise State - Sadie Maughan 20; San Jose State - Taylor Japhet 16, Kristal Tsukano 14, Kylie Miraldi 13, Alex Akana 12.

Records - Boise State 1-11, 1-1; San Jose State 0-12, 0-2.

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