San Jose, Calif.-Savanah Leaf recorded 12 kills for the Spartans, but #7 Hawaii hit .348 for the match as the Rainbow Wahine defeated San Jose State 25-17, 25-20, 25-19, in front of 812 fans at Spartan Gym for the Western Athletic Conference match.
Leaf hit .281 on the match as she recorded her 12 kills on 32 attempts and just three errors. She added seven digs and a block assist.
Alex Akana added six kills as she hit .333 for the match with a team-best two blocks. Krista Miller, Hanah Blume and Samantha O'Connell each had five kills. Kiely Pieper added a team-best 10 digs.
"We came out and fought hard against a really good team tonight," said Miller. "The crowd really pumped us tonight. The fans wanted to see good volleyball and we tried to give it to them tonight."
During the match, Spartan setter Caitlin Andrade moved up two spots on the San Jose State career assists list. She recorded 33 assists and seven digs in the match. Andrade now has 2,561 kills, passing Kristina Conrad (2,548) and Teri DeBusk (2,555). Savannah Smith is in third place with 3,040 assists.
San Jose State played Hawaii tough in the first set, with four tie scores and stayed within two points at 15-13 at the media timeout. But Hawaii used strong serving by Jane Croson after the timeout to extend its lead and eventually win 25-17.
The second set was even tighter than the first set with 16 tie scores and nine lead changes. The Spartans tied the score at 19-19 on an Akana kills, but Hawaii got three straight serves to open up its lead and win 25-20.
"We played hard tonight and I am proud of them executing what we needed to do on our side of the net," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "We posted some really nice numbers. It was a great team effort from our starters to our players coming off the bench."
San Jose State now travels to Nevada on Thursday and at Fresno State on Saturday.
#7 Hawaii def. San Jose State - 25-17, 25-20, 25-19.
Kills - Hawaii - Chanteal Satele 15; Kanani Danielson 14.
San Jose State - Savanah Leaf 12.
Records - Hawaii 22-1, 10-0; San Jose State 9-14, 4-6.
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