San Jose-Outside hitters Hanah Blume and Taylor Japhet led the Spartans Saturday afternoon against #3 Hawaii, but the Rainbow Wahine outhit and outblocked San Jose State in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 Western Athletic Conference match at Spartan Gym.
Blume led the team with 13 kills and hit .273 for the match with 33 attempts and just four errors. She added three digs in the match. Japhet led the Spartans with three block assists and hit .438 for the match. She had eight kills on 16 attempts and just one error.
"Our outside hitters had a good day between Hanah and Taylor," said Spartan head coach Oscar Crespo. "They minimized their errors today, and I was pleased with their offensive numbers. They both hit aggressively and recorded a good number of digs."
In the team's final home match of the year, Courtney Zellmer and Leilani Marple made their final appearance in Spartan Gym. Zellmer had seven digs and an assist, while Marple saw action in the match but did not record any stats.
Despite never having a lead on the day, the Spartans never gave up during the match and held Hawaii to just .194 hitting in the first set. In the third set, San Jose State stayed with the Rainbow Wahine for the most of the set, getting as close at 22-20 on a Blume kill.
Others contributing for the Spartans included Caitlin Andrade with 26 and nine digs, while Sarah McAtee came off the bench for four kills and a block assist. Kylie Miraldi had six kills and a block, while Alex Akana had two kills and two blocks. Asia Casino and Katie Turner each had six digs, while Sarah Griest came off the bench for a kill.
San Jose State now plays on the road for the final two matches of the season. The Spartans play at Boise State Monday at 7 p.m. MST, followed by a match at Fresno State next Thursday night at 7 p.m. PST.
#3 Hawaii def. San Jose State - 25-17, 25-17, 25-21.
Kills - Hawaii - Kanani Danielson 13.
San Jose State - Hanah Blume 13.
Records - Hawaii 25-1, 14-0; San Jose State 8-20, 3-11.
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