San JoseFour Spartans recorded double-digit kills, and three had double-doubles. But San Jose State could not hold off a rally from Idaho in set three and lost to the Vandals in four sets, 25-21, 20-25, 30-28, 25-15, Saturday night at Spartan Gym.
Brianna Amian led the Spartans in kills with 15 and recorded a double-double for the second consecutive match with 18 kills. Kelly Crow also recorded a double-double for the second time this week with 13 kills and 13 digs. Nia Freeman had 11 kills on 22 attempts and only two errors and led the team in hitting at .409. Colleen Burke rounded out the Spartan hitters with 10 kills.
Emily Burke recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 45 assists and 10 digs. Others helping the Spartans included Kristal Tsukano with 11 digs and four assists. Courtney Zellmer had nine digs, one assist and one ace. Thao Pham added six digs and one assist.
“We showed glimpses of good things we are doing against opponents,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo. “We had good defense and serving tonight and slowed down our opponents attacks. However, we need to be more mentally focused and more competitive against our opponents.”
In the second set, San Jose State jumped out to an early 2-1 lead on an Amian kill and did not relinquish the lead. Idaho got as close as three points near the end of the set at 23-20, but a Vandal service error and attack error gave San Jose State the set win.
The third set featured eight ties and three lead changes before Idaho won 30-28. The Spartans had the lead early in the set and led 17-13 on a Colleen Burke kill, before the Vandals slowly chipped away at the lead. Idaho tied the match at 23-23 on a bad set by Emily Burke and took the lead at 24-23 with a Haley Larsen kill. However, the Spartans fought back and tied the score at 24-24 on a Crow kill. San Jose State then had three set points but were denied each time by Idaho. The Vandals took the lead on a Sara Conwell kill and won the set, 30-28, on a Larsen kill.
“We played well for most of the third set, but we need to control our own destiny in close sets,” said Crespo. “We cannot give points to our opponent and not let them get back into the set. We need to take advantage of our opportunities and play our best all of the time.”
San Jose State is now 10-14 overall and 5-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. The team travels to Utah State next Thursday, November 6, before returning home on Saturday, November 8, to play Nevada in the final match in Spartan Gym this season. The senior class will be honored prior to the afternoon match that begins at 2 p.m.
Idaho def. San Jose State 25-21, 20-25, 30-28, 25-15.
Kills Idaho Haley Larsen 25, Sarah Conwell 17.
San Jose State Brianna Amian 15, Kelly Crow 13, Nia Freeman 11, Colleen Burke 10.
Records Idaho 15-8, 8-4; San Jose State 10-14, 5-7.
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