VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS TO SAN JOSE STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Niki Clement’s 15 kills and 14 digs led San Jose State to a 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18) victory over the Hornets in the second round of the Sacramento State Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon at Colberg Court.
The Hornets, who lost to Cal State Northridge in the first round of the tournament yesterday, return later this evening for their final match of the tourney at 7:30 p.m. against Saint Mary’s. San Jose State improved to 1-1 at the tournament after falling to Saint Mary’s last night. Overall this season, both Sacramento State and San Jose State are now 2-4.
San Jose State hit .304 as a team, including a .613 percentage in the fourth and final set. The Spartans held the advantage over the Hornets in virtually every statistical category, including kills (59-50), hitting percentage (.304-.223), assists (58-47), digs (71-50) and team blocks (7.0-5.0).
The Hornets committed 15 service errors as seven different players had at least one miscue. In fact, over 15 percent of the Spartans’ points during the match came via Hornet service error (15 of SJSU’s 95 points).
Three San Jose State players posted double figures in kills, comprised of Clement (15), Brianna Amian (14) and Colleen Burke (12). Five of the Spartans’ six starters hit better than .300, including Burke who notched a .455 percentage.
For Sacramento State, senior Brittany Ferguson led the team with a career-high 12 kills to go along with a .407 hitting percentage. Junior Desiree Hoyum had 12 kills, sophomore Maddison Thivierge added eight kills and a team-best three blocks, and freshman Eryn Kirby led the team with 11 digs.
Hornet freshman Shannon Wilson had six kills and a .750 hitting percentage. The middle hitter from Rocklin is now hitting a team-high .444 this season with 11 kills and just three errors in 18 attacks. Sacramento State, which used 12 players in today’s match, also received nine digs from senior Katie Van Der Wende and eight from junior Melissa Melcher.