Four Spartans In Double-Figure Kills in Volleyball Victory

San JoseNiki Clement had a season-high 24 kills and a career-best 27 digs to lead the San Jose State volleyball team to a 29-31, 30-22, 29-31, 30-21, 15-9, victory over Boise State Thursday evening in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.


Clement led all hitters with her 24 kills and was one of four Spartans to record double-figure kills in the match.  Jennifer Senftleben added 21 kills, while Colleen Burke had 16 kills.  Nia Freeman had a season-best 13 kills.


“Niki was instrumental to our defense tonight,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “Her passing and ball handling was key for us tonight.  I am also extremely pleased with her offensive production, and she was a very composed hitter.


“Jen did well for us offensively tonight.  She dug the ball well even though she has not seen much action in the back row over the past 10 days.”


Six Spartans recorded 10 or more digs in the win.  After Clement’s 27 digs, Emily Burke had 17, Courtney Zellmer and Kelly Crow each had 15, Senftleben had 13 Kristal Tsukano added 10.


Others contributing for San Jose State included Keri Anglin with seven kills, four blocks and nine digs.  Emily Burke added a season-best 65 assists and three blocks.  Colleen Burke had four blocks, while Freeman contributed three.


“Our middles did a great job for us tonight,” stated Crespo.  “Keri had tough, aggressive serving for us, and Colleen was solid in the middle.  They had critical blocks at the end of the match.”


In game one, Boise State led by as many as four points in the game.  The Spartans tied the match at 25-25 and took a 29-28 lead on an Anglin kill.  However, the Broncos scored the last three points to win the game 31-29.


San Jose State took an early 9-3 lead in game two on a Senftleben kill.  However, Boise State slowly chipped away at the lead and tied the match at 13-13.  The Spartans then used a 4-0 run to take the lead for good at 17-13 and won the game, 30-22 on a Freeman kill.


Game three featured nine ties and five lead changes.  The Spartans had match point at 29-27 on a Colleen Burke kill.  However, Boise State got kills from Jeanette Jenkisns and Tiffany Starring tie the match at 29-29.  Bronco Jamie Claussen got two service aces to give the visitors at 31-29 lead.


Changes for the Spartans came in game four as Crow replaced Tsukano at libero.  San Jose State jumped out to a 15-4 advantage and never relinquished the lead.  Anglin served five straight points during that run, and Clement finished the game serving the last seven points for the win.


“Kelly did a nice job for us tonight moving from defensive specialist to libero,” said Crespo.  “She did a great job on serve-receive for us and was a solid passer on the floor.”


In game five, Boise State scored the first point, but the Spartans responded and took the lead for good at 2-1 and won the match, 15-9, on a Senftleben kill.


San Jose State improves to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in the WAC, while Boise State is now 4-18 overall and 1-11 in the WAC.  The Spartans return home Saturday night to host Idaho in a WAC match at Spartan Gym. First serve is set for 7 p.m.


San Jose State def. Boise State 29-31, 30-22, 29-31, 30-21, 15-9.


Kills Boise State Maren Ericson 19, Jeanette Jenkins 11.


San Jose State Niki Clement 24, Jennifer Senftleben 21, Colleen Burke 16, Nia Freeman.


Records San Jose State 11-12, 5-7; Boise State 4-18, 1-11.


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