Logan, Utah-San Jose State went to Utah State on a mission to make up for their performance Thursday night at Nevada, and the Spartans handed Utah State just its third loss of the season with a 25-23, 25-20, 13-25, 25-16 Western Athletic Conference win at the Smith Spectrum.
Hanah Blume led San Jose State with her third double-double of the season with 15 kills and 16 digs. Brianna Amian added 11 kills and four blocks, one solo and three assists.
The WAC road win is the first for the Spartans since the 2008 season when the team won at Louisiana Tech, 3-2, on November 13, 2008. The win is also the first in Logan since the 1995 season when both teams were members of the Big West Conference. The two teams did not play in a conference from 1996 to 2004. Since 2005, Utah State won the five meetings in Logan since the Aggies joined the WAC.
The Spartans jumped out early, winning the first set 25-23. The teams battled early in the set, and Utah State led by as much as five at 18-13. San Jose State slowly chipped away at the Aggie lead before taking the lead at 24-23 on an Amian kill and winning on another Amian kill.
The second set belong to San Jose State as the Spartans never relinquished the lead, and Utah State could only tie the set once at 16-16. Amian again had the clinching kill of the set as the Spartans won 25-20.
After the break, the Spartans came out of the locker room slow and fell behind after tying the set at 2-2. Utah State dominated in the third set, winning 25-13.
The loss in the third set, however, did not deter the Spartans, and the team came out fighting in set four. Trailing 6-3, Katie Turner served seven consecutive points which included a service ace and two kills by Sarah McAtee. For the third consecutive winning set, Amian recorded the winning kill and gave San Jose State the 3-1 win.
Others contributing to the Spartan victory included Alex Akana and Krista Miller who each six blocks in the match. Akana added eight kills and two digs, while Miller recorded five kills. Kylie Miraldi had four kills and four blocks, while McAtee had five kills on six attempts and no errors in one set played. Caitlin Andrade paced the team with 39 assists and eight digs, while Turner led the defense with 12 digs. Asia Casino had seven digs, and Courtney Zellmer added two digs.
"This was nice bounce-back win on the road for us after the way we played Thursday night," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We recomposed ourselves and played as a team tonight. This win is huge for us, especially coming early in the WAC season, on the road and against a strong opponent.
"Tonight we were focused on what we needed to accomplish and stayed composed throughout the match. We were confident tonight and in control of what was happening on our side of the net. We also did a nice job blocking and serving tonight."
San Jose State, now 7-10 on the season and 2-2 in the WAC, finishes its road trip Monday night with a WAC match at Idaho beginning at 7 p.m. PDT.
San Jose State def. Utah State - 25-23, 25-20, 13-25, 25-16.
Kills - San Jose State - Hanah Blume 15, Brianna Amian 11.
Utah State - Liz McArthur 19.
Records - San Jose State 7-10, 2-2; Utah State 13-3, 1-2.
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