San JoseOn Senior Day, the San Jose State volleyball seniors proved to be the difference for the Spartans as the team defeated Nevada, 25-15, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, Saturday afternoon in a Western Athletic Conference match. The match was the final home appearance for the Spartans this season.
For the fourth consecutive match, Kelly Crow recorded a double-double with team-bests of 23 kills and 18 digs. Her 23 kills mark the third time this season she has recorded 20 or more kills. Her 18 digs are the second-highest total this year.
Three other seniors had big contributions for the Spartans this match. Colleen Burke hit a team-best .464 with a season-best 14 kills on 28 attempts and only one hitting error. She added two digs and an assist. Nia Freeman hit .409 with 10 kills on 22 attempts and only one hitting error. She contributed two blocks, two digs and an assist. Brittany Collet recorded her second double-double of the week with 45 assists and 13 digs and added three kills and two aces.
Others contributing for the Spartans included Brianna Amian with seven kills and seven digs. Kristal Tsukano had 12 digs, four assists and a service ace, while Courtney Zellmer recorded 12 digs and three assists. Kylie Miraldi recorded a team-best three blocks, five kills and two digs.
With her 12 digs in the match, Tsukano jumped from ninth-place in the San Jose State record book to sixth place with 984 digs. She moved ahead of Danielle Spier (978), Darcy Walker (981) and current assistant coach Jeanine Haldi (982). Tsukano now needs just 16 digs to become the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 career digs.
After winning the first set 25-15 and hitting .382, the Spartans and Wolf Pack battled in the second set. There were three lead changes and 12 tied scores in the set that San Jose State won 25-23. Nevada tied the set at 23-23, before a Burke kill and Wolf Pack hitting error gave the Spartans the win.
In the third set, Nevada jumped out to a 2-1 lead and never relinquished it. The Spartans hit just .103 in the set.
The fourth set was another battle the Spartans had to overcome. The Spartans jumped out to a 10-5 lead, but Nevada slowly chipped away and tied the match at 18-18 on a Crow hitting error. The two teams battled, as Nevada could never get ahead by more than one point. The seniors then put the set away for San Jose State as Crow scored points 23 and 24, and Burke hit the game-winner.
San Jose State improves to 11-15 overall and 6-8 in the WAC. The team finishes WAC play next week with two road matches. The Spartans play at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and at New Mexico State next Saturday
San Jose State def. Nevada 25-15, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22.
Kills Nevada Kylie Harrington 21, Lindsay Baldwin 13.
San Jose State Kelly Crow 23, Colleen Burke 14, Nia Freeman 10.
Records Nevada 11-13, 6-8; San Jose State 11-15, 6-8.
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