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
“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,
Game three featured nine ties and five lead changes. The Spartans had match point at 29-27 on a Colleen Burke kill. However,
Changes for the Spartans came in game four as Crow replaced Tsukano at libero.
“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,
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