San Jose-San Jose State used a balanced hitting attack and held Texas State to just .086 hitting as the Spartans defeated the Bobcats 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) Monday night in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.
Three Spartans hit .300 or better, led by Alex Akana at .750. She led the team with 10 kills on 12 attempts and only one hitting error. Mary Alice O'Reilly hit .389 with nine kills on 18 attempts and only two errors. Krista Miller hit .364 with four kills on 11 attempts and no errors.
"This wins feels great coming off our road loss," said Akana. "This was a confidence booster for us. We had good passing and were communicating better with our setter tonight which helped us be successful."
Akana also moved into a tie for ninth all-time in block assists at San Jose State. With her two block assists, she now has 231 block assists for her career and is tied with Tanya Hart.
As a team, San Jose State hit .287 with 41 kills and just 12 errors on 101 attempts. The Spartans held Texas State to just 26 kills on 105 attempts with 17 errors.
Other contributing for the Spartans included Samantha O'Connell with nine kills and 13 digs, Hanah Blume with seven kills and 11 digs, Michaela Leonard with 34 assists and seven digs, and Kiely Pieper with nine digs and a service ace.
The Spartans took control of the first two sets early, taking a 3-2 lead in set one en route to a 25-17 lead and a 2-1 lead in second set for a 25-20 win. The third set featured 14 tied scores and four lead changes before San Jose State took the lead for good at 22-21 on an O'Connell kill.
"This win feels great for us," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We played well as a team and this give us confidence as we go back on the road for two matches this weekend. We know we are getting better and improving every match."
San Jose State improves to 9-11 overall and 5-5 in the WAC. The Spartans go back on the road this week for two more WAC matches, at Seattle U. on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday.
San Jose State def. Texas State 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23).
Kills - Texas State - Amari Deardorff 6.
San Jose State - Alex Akana 10.
Records - Texas State 10-11, 5-5; San Jose State 9-11, 5-5.
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