Volleyball Uses Fifth-Set Rally To Defeat Idaho

San Jose, Calif-Friday night's win was a total team effort for the San Jose State volleyball team as four players had double-figure kills, there were three double-doubles and five players had double-digit digs as the Spartans defeated Idaho 25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12, in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.

Savanah Leaf led the Spartans with her sixth double-double of the year with a team-best 19 kills and 17 digs.  Kylie Miraldi had a hit a team-best .448 with 15 kills on 29 attempts and just two hitting errors.  Krista Miller recorded her second double-double of the year with 13 kills and a career-best 20 digs. 

Caitlin Andrade recorded 62 assists and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the year and moved to within 20 assists of fifth place on the San Jose State career assist list.  She ends the week with 2,528 assists in her third season in a Spartan uniform.

Hanah Blume recorded a career-best 20 digs and added seven kills.  Kiely Pieper added a career-best 16 digs and four service aces.  Alex Akana had 13 kills and three assists.

San Jose State started the match with a 25-23 win in the first set and had to hold off Idaho after they tied the score at 22-22.  Two kills by Leaf and a Pieper service ace in three of the final four points gave the Spartans the win. 

After falling 25-18 in the second set, San Jose State took an early 9-8 lead in the third set on a Miraldi kill.  The team never relinquished the lead and won the set on three consecutive Akana kills for the 25-18 win.

Idaho won the fourth set, 25-19, setting up a showdown in set five.  The Spartans jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but Idaho clawed back and took at 5-4 lead, prompting a San Jose State timeout. 

The two teams traded the lead before Miller served six consecutive points to give San Jose State a 12-6 lead.  During the run, the Spartans got two kills from Miraldi, and Samantha O'Connell came off the bench with two key kills.   Miraldi gave the team a 14-11 lead, and Leaf closed out the match with her 19th kill to give San Jose State the 15-12 win.

"Our goal was to play together with unity tonight," said Miraldi.  "We really talked about making eye contact and communicating with each other on the court.  This was a fun match for us as we were communicating and telling each other where to hit the ball and where the defense was set up."

"This was a phenomenal team effort all the way around tonight," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo.  "Our team did a good job communicating on the court and worked hard to close out the match."

The Spartans recorded team season-highs in kills with 76, attempts with 191 and assists at 70. 

With the two WAC home wins this week, San Jose State has won back-to-back home WAC matches for the first time since the 2007 season when the team defeated Fresno State, Boise State and Idaho.

San Jose State continues at home on Tuesday, October 25, against #8 Hawaii inside Spartan Gym at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., with tickets available the day of the match.

WAC Match

Spartan Gym

San Jose State def. Idaho - 25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12.

Kills - Idaho - Alicia Milo 18; Jessica Hastriter 13.

San Jose State - Savanah Leaf 19; Kylie Miraldi 15; Alex Akana 13; Krista Miller 13.

Records - Idaho 11-10, 5-3; San Jose State 9-13, 4-5.

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