Spartan notes: Volleyball rallies for big win over San Diego State

San Jose State’s volleyball team looked destined for another loss in what has already been a bleak year. Down 2 games to San Diego State on Thursday night and with top player, senior kills and digs leader Hanah Blume, the Spartans rallied for a come-from-behind win over a pretty good San Diego State team 23-25, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23, 15-7.

San Jose State’s volleyball has struggled this year. They haven’t had a winning streak until this week, with the win over the Aztecs making two (they routed lowly Nevada earlier this week.) Blume has been the one bright statistical spot this year.

Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with 19 kills, but also stepped up to get an astonishing 12 blocks (2 solo, 10 assisted), just the 23rd player in the program’s history to do so. Overall, the Spartans were rejecting a lot of what the Aztecs threw back at them, getting 17 team blocks, 3 solos and 28 assisted.

“We knew what they were going to do,” said volleyball coach Oscar Crespo. “We understood from the first match what they could do and what their strengths were. Our middles did a good job of being patient, reading the set, moving in and executing key blocks in certain situations.”

In other San Jose State sports news …

— The San Jose State men’s basketball team vented its frustration over its loss to D-II Cal State Monterey Bay by beating the tar out of NAIA Pacific Union on Wednesday, 93-42. Jaleel Williams led San Jose with 17 points.

Part of the reason the Spartans’ more than doubled up the Pioneers? Pacific Union was essentially playing chuck and duck from behind the arc, making just six of 29 shots from 3-point range (for reference, the Pioneers took just 58 shots total.)

The Spartans open the season Tuesday against cross-town rival Santa Clara at 8 p.m.

— The San Jose State women’s basketball team begins its 2013-14 campaign with a cupcake: D-II San Francisco State. It will be new coach Jamie Craighead’s first official game. Game is at 7 p.m. at the Event Center, with radio broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM. Perhaps its for the best to have a lower level team in the opener at home: Only two women’s basketball coaches have opened their career with wins. The late Janice Richard won six of seven season openers, only losing her first as coach in 1999.


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