San Jose-Taylor Japhet recorded her first double-double of the season, and the Spartan volleyball team battled back from an 0-2 deficit to take Nevada to a fifth and deciding set Saturday night. San Jose State eventually lost to the Wolf Pack, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11, in a Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.
Japhet led the Spartans with 14 kills and 16 digs in just her third career double-double. Her 16 digs are a new career-high for her. She added a career-best three service aces, two assists and a block assists.
"This is a goal to work of off and setting my standards high," said Japhet. "Hopefully we can perform like this next week and come out with wins on our road trip. After we came out of the locker room, we started playing and communicating better."
Three other Spartans recorded double-digit kills in the match. Hanah Blume had 13 kills and added a career best four block assists to go with her four digs, two assists and an ace. Alex Akana had 11 kills and a team-best five block assists. Kylie Miraldi hit a team-best .381 with 10 kills on 21 attempts and just two errors. She added four blocks, one solo and three assists.
After losing the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-22, the Spartans came out fighting in the third set to win 25-23. There were eight ties and three lead changes in the set, the final at 24-23 on a Nevada hitting error, and San Jose State won on a Nevada hitting error.
The fourth set featured more of the same fight from both teams with six tied scores and three lead changes. San Jose State jumped out to an 18-13 lead before Nevada tied the match for the final time at 19-19. The Spartans took control of the set with a Blume kill and got two key kills from Japhet down the stretch to win 25-19.
Nevada jumped out early in the fifth set at 4-1 and did not let the Spartans tie the score as the Wolf Pack won the final set 15-11.
The Spartans go on the road next week for two WAC matches. The team plays at Louisiana Tech next Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT, followed by a match at New Mexico State next Saturday at 7 p.m. MDT. Both matches will have live stats on the Spartan website, www.sjsuspartans.com.
Nevada def. San Jose State - 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11.
Kills - Nevada - Grace Anxo 18, Kylie Harrington 13, Lindsay Baldwin 13, Erin Garvey 10.
San Jose State - Taylor Japhet 14, Hanah Blume 13, Alex Akana 11, Kylie Miraldi 10.
Records - Nevada 13-11, 7-4; San Jose State 8-17, 3-8.
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