Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker To Hornets

San Jose-Three Spartans volleyball players recorded double-doubles, and two others had over 20 digs against Sacramento State Tuesday night.   San Jose State won the first two sets of the match, but the Hornets rallied to win the final three sets to win the non-conference match, 25-27, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-10.

For the fourth consecutive match, Caitlin Andrade recorded a double-double.  Tuesday night she had 46 assists and 18 kills and added eight kills and two service aces.  Taylor Japhet recorded her first collegiate double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs to go with two assists, one ace and one block assist.  Kristal Tsukano led all Spartan hitters with 15 kills to go with 17 digs for her third collegiate double-double.

Defensively, two Spartans dug 50 balls between the two of them.  Thao Pham led all players on the night with 26 digs and added two aces and an assist.  Courtney Zellmer added 24 digs as San Jose State recorded a season-high 106 digs. 

Others contributing included Kylie Miraldi with a team-best four blocks, two solo and two assists.  She added eight kills, two assists and a dig.  Alex Akana added a season-best 14 kills, one ace, one dig and one block assist.  Krista Miller had five kills and two block assists, while Katie Turner added five digs.

San Jose State started the match strong winning set one 27-25.  The Spartans fell behind early 4-1 and were down 18-15 before scoring four consecutive points to take a 19-18 lead.  The two teams battled back and forth before consecutive Tsukano kills gave San Jose State the first set win.

In the second set, the Spartans hit .517 with 17 kills on 29 attempts and only two hitting errors.  Once again, the team fell behind early, but took a 7-6 lead on a Japhet kills and never looked back for the 25-18 win.

After the 10-minute intermission, San Jose State never found its hitting groove in the final three sets, hitting just .085 in the last three sets.  The Spartans got within one point at 20-19 on Akana's kill in the third set, but could not tie the set  to lose 25-21.

"We ran our offense nicely in sets one and two, attacking and playing consistently," said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  "However, we lost the match but not running our offense over the last three sets..  We got a bit tired later in the match and let them back in to take control.

"We have to get tougher mentally to get over this.  We cannot use the excuse of being young anymore because we have played some of the best teams in the country and the top team in our conference.  We need to learn from this match and use it with the rest of our conference schedule."

San Jose State continues its home stand with two more Western Athletic Conference matches this week.  The Spartans host New Mexico State Thursday night and Louisiana Tech Saturday night.  Both matches begin at 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.

Sacramento State def. San Jose State - 25-27, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-10.

Kills - Sacramento State - Desiree Hoyum 18, Maddison Thivierge 12, Janelle Currey 11.

San Jose State - Kristal Tsukano 15, Alex Akana 14, Taylor Japhet 10.

Records - Sacramento State 12-9; San Jose State 0-15.

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