Moscow, Idaho-After hitting better than .275 the past two matches, San Jose State hit just .089 in a four-set loss at Idaho, 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-7), Saturday night in a Western Athletic Conference match.
Mary Alice O'Reilly was the team's best hitter at just .138. She led the team with 11 kills on 29 attempts but committed seven hitting errors. Hanah Blume hit just .108 with her 11th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 17 digs. Alex Akana contributed 10 kills on 32 attempts, but eight errors led to a .062 percentage.
The Spartans started the match hitting .047 in the first set, losing 25-17. The team improved in the second set, hitting .130 in a set that had 11 tie score and two lead changes. In winning the third set, San Jose State hit .306 and took the lead for good 16-15 on a Blume kill. The team then hit -.139 in losing the fourth set 25-7.
"This was a disappointing match for us," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We got stuck in a bad rotation in the fourth set and could not recover after fighting so hard in the second set and playing relaxed and with confidence in set three.
"We have to learn how to play better on the road. We battled hard, especially after losing the first two sets. Idaho is a tough team and a tough place to play."
San Jose State falls to 10-12 overall and 6-6 in the WAC. The team returns home for two matches next week against Louisiana Tech (Thursday) and UT Arlington (Saturday). Both matches start at 7 p.m., inside Spartan Gym, located on the corner of Fourth and San Carlos Streets.
Idaho def. San Jose State 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-7).
Kills - San Jose State -Mary Alice O'Reilly 11; Hanah Blume 10; Alex Akana 10.
Idaho - Katelyn Peterson 17.
Records - San Jose State 10-12, 6-6; Idaho 10-11, 8-3.
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