Clement and Crow Lead Volleyball To Five-Game Victory

San JoseNiki Clement and Kelly Crow each recorded 20 or more kills to lead the San Jose State volleyball team to a 30-28, 25-30, 30-21, 27-30, 15-7, win over Idaho Saturday evening in a Western Athletic Conference match.

Clement led all hitters with a career-best 27 kills, while Crow had a career-high 20 kills for the Spartans. Clement recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 19 digs and added three blocks, one solo and two assists. Crow hit .294 for the match and had her first career double-double with a career-best 19 digs.

“This was the best our team has played together,” said Crow. “This was an all-out team effort tonight.”

“Niki and Kelly gave us great efforts tonight,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo. “Niki anchored our defense tonight and did a good job at outside hitter for us offensively. I was very proud on how Kelly played tonight. She did a phenomenal job and was composed offensively. She anchored our serve-receive tonight with solid passing.”

Colleen Burke hit a team-best .394 with 14 kills on 33 attempts and only one hitting error. She led the team with six blocks, one solo and five assists. Brianna Amian added 12 kills, five blocks, one solo and four assists, and four digs.

Emily Burke recorded her 13th double-double of the season with a season-best 71 assists and 13 digs. No Spartan setter has recorded 70 or more assists in a match since 2000 when Savannah Smith recorded 70 against UTEP on November 11, 2000.

“Emily had a fantastic match for us tonight and moved the ball around nicely in the offense,” said Crespo. “She got Brianna involved on the right side which opened up our offense and our left side hitting.”

For the second time this season, Kristal Tsukano recorded 30 or more digs in a match. She led the defense with 30 digs and added three assists for the match.

“Kristal did a nice job passing for us this evening,” stated Crespo. “She bounced back nicely after her play on Thursday.”

Others with statistics included Nia Freeman, who started at middle blocker, with four kills, four blocks and a dig. Courtney Zellmer had eight digs and an assist. Thao Pham and Amber Biddle each saw action in the match.

“We played very focused tonight,” said Crespo. “We were playing for each other on the court. We had good ball handling with turns into good hitting for our hitters.”

San Jose State improves to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the WAC, while Idaho falls to 9-13 overall and 5-6 in the WAC. The Spartans play its final home match this Tuesday, October 30, against Pacific. First serve is set for 7 p.m., in Spartan Gym.

San Jose State def. Idaho 30-28, 25-30, 30-21, 27-30, 15-7.

Kills Idaho Haley Larsen 22, Debbie Pederson 13, Sarah Conwell 11.

San Jose State Niki Clement 27, Kelly Crow 20, Colleen Burke 14, Brianna Amian 12.

Records San Jose State 12-12, 6-7; Idaho 9-13, 5-6.

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