San Jose-San Jose State used a balanced hitting attack and strong serving to defeat Utah State, 25-21, 25-12, 15-25, 26-24, Wednesday night in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.
Savanah Leaf recorded her fifth double-double of the year as she led the team with 13 kills and added 14 digs. She also had a team-best four blocks, one solo and three assists, in the win.
"Savanah is finding her groove as hitter for us," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "She is learning to pass better and play with poise."
Kylie Miraldi hit .429 on the evening with 10 kills on 21 attempts and just one hitting error. She also had three blocks assists in the match.
Setter Caitlin Andrade recorded 39 assists in the win and added four kills. She led the Spartans with a season-best four service aces and recorded five digs.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set, took control at 9-8 and won the first set 25-21.
Behind the serving of Andrade in the second set, San Jose State won 25-12. Andrade served nine consecutive points including two of her four service aces.
After falling in the third set 25-15, the two teams battled in the fourth set, with 10 ties and three lead changes. San Jose State took the lead for good at 25-24 on an Aggie hitting error, and Krista Miller recorded the final point on her ninth kill of the evening. Miller also had nine digs in the match.
"We really came together in the fourth set and zeroed in on winning," said Andrade. "Our hitters did a great job tonight and saw where they could hit. We had great passing too, and that gave them (our hitters) a better opportunity to hit for a higher percentage."
Kiely Pieper led San Jose State with 15 digs and added a service ace. Hanah Blume had eight kills, 11 digs and two block assists. Alex Akana had two kills and two blocks, while Mary Alice O'Reilly had three kills and a block assist.
San Jose State improves to 8-13 overall and 3-5 in the WAC. The team continues its homestand this Friday night with a WAC match against Idaho.
San Jose State def. Utah State - 25-21, 25-12, 15-25, 26-24.
Kills - Utah State - Liz McArthur 17; Shay Sorensen 11.
San Jose State - Savanah Leaf 13; Kylie Miraldi 10.
Records - Utah State 9-12, 4-4; San Jose State 8-13, 3-5.
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