Volleyball Fights Back In Tough Loss at Nevada

Reno, Nev.After losing the first two games of the match, the San Jose State volleyball team rallied to win games three and four and put up a fight in game five, but lost to host Nevada, 30-24, 30-23, 25-30, 22-30, 15-12, Saturday evening at the Virginia Street Gym.


The Spartans had five players in double-figure kills for the match.  Jennifer Senftleben led the team with 14 kills, followed by Kelly Crow and Keri Anglin with 12 kills each.  Brianna Amian contributed 11 kills from the right side, and Colleen Burke rounded out the hitters with 10 kills.


Four Spartans also recorded 10 or more digs in the match led by libero Kristal Tsukano with 20.  Emily Burke recorded 14 digs, and Crow had 13 digs.  Courtney Zellmer contributed 10 digs for San Jose State.


“I am very proud of my team and the way they played tonight,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “Nevada is one of the toughest places to play in the WAC, and we didn’t let the atmosphere affect the way we played.”


Other contributions for the Spartans include Amian who led the team in blocks with five, one solo and four assists. Angli added four blocks, two solo and two assists.  Emily Burke recorded 55 assists and a block.  Colleen Burke had a career-best five service aces to go with three block assists.  Thao Pham came off the bench in game five and recorded a service ace.


“Keri and Colleen were solid for us tonight,” stated Crespo.  “Brianna did a nice job offensively on the right side.  Emily moved the ball around in tough situations.  She did a good job distributing the ball to the right side which opened up our offense for our middles and outsides.”


The Spartans dropped the first two games of the match, but rebounded after the 10-minute break to tie the match at 2-2.  In game three, there were eight ties and four lead changes in the game.  Tied at 9-9, the Spartans got strong serving from Colleen Burke, including three service aces to take a 13-9 lead in the game.  Nevada got as close as 18-19 but never regained the lead.


In game four, the Wolf Pack jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, but San Jose State slowly chipped away at the lead and took the lead for good at 7-6 on a Crow kill.  The Spartans led by as many as nine points in the game.


“We switched up our lineup in game three, and we dug the ball a lot better in these two games,” said Crespo.  “Jen did a nice job of passing, and our middles got into a nice groove offensively. We also did a nice job of serving for the two games.”


San Jose State is now 13-13 overall and 7-8 in the WAC, while Nevada is 14-9 overall and 10-5 in the WAC.  The Spartans play its final conference match next Thursday at Hawaii.


Nevada def. San Jose State 30-24, 30-23, 25-30, 22-30, 15-12.


Kills San Jose State Jennifer Senftleben 14, Kelly Crow 12, Keri Anglin 12, Brianna Amian 11, Colleen Burke 10.


Nevada Teal Ericson 30, Karly Sipherd 17, Kylie Harrington 11.


Records San Jose State 13-13, 7-8; Nevada 14-9, 10-5.


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