Pieper Has Career-Best 25 Digs At UT Arlington

Arlington, Texas-Kiely Pieper recorded a career-best 25 digs and Mary Alice O'Reilly had a team-best 15 kills as the San Jose State volleyball team lost at UT Arlington 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) Thursday night in a Western Athletic Conference match.

Pieper was one of three players in double-digit digs.  Michaela Leonard had her ninth double-double of the season with 47 assists and 11 digs, while Samantha O'Connell had her second double-double of the year with 10 kills and 11 digs.

O'Reilly led a trio of hitters in double-digit kills with 15.  She added three blocks on the night.  Krista Miller had 11 kills and a team-best five block assists, while O'Connell added the 10 kills.

Alex Akana and Hanah Blume each had seven kills.  Akana also had a team-best five block assists, while Blume and Pieper each had two service aces.  Sydney LaFollette recorded a seaso-best three kills and four digs in the match.

The Spartans trailed in every set of the match.  After losing 25-21 in the first set, the Spartans and Mavericks traded the lead five times and had 13 tied scores in set two. 

The third set found the teams tying the score 13 times and traded the lead just twice.  San Jose State tied the score at 21-21 on a UTA hitting error and took lead on a Miller kill at 22-21 to win 25-22.

"We played from behind in every set we played including the one we one," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo.  "We are disappointed at the outcome because we had the numbers to win but could not execute and put the ball away when we needed.  We have to start strong early and learn how to finish off sets and matches.  We are looking for different results at Louisiana Tech."

San Jose State plays at Louisiana Tech this Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m. CDT.

UT  Arlington def. San Jose State - 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20).

Kills - San Jose State - Mary Alice O'Reilly 15; Krista Miller 11; Samantha O'Connell 10.

UT Arlington - Shelby Dickson 20; Charmaine Whitmore 12; Taylor Gross 1; Ashley Bennett 10.

Records - San Jose State 6-9, 2-3; UT Arlington 6-10, 2-2.

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