Pacific Women's Volleyball: Pacific Takes Down San Jose State On The Road In Three Games
Playing out of the Big West Conference for a midweek match in San Jose, Calif., the Pacific women's volleyball team picked up a three game victory over San Jose State on October 19. The win for the Tigers bumped their record to 12-8 on the year while the Spartans fell to 8-12.
Game scores for the match were: 25-23, 25-21, 25-19.
After finishing the first half of the conference schedule the previous weekend, the Tigers hit the road for a non-conference match up with their former rival, San Jose State at Spartan Gym on Tuesday night. Riding high from their comeback win over Cal Poly just three days prior, the Tigers used their momentum from that win to pick up a quick three game victory over the Spartans, their seventh sweep of the 2010 season.
Despite the quick win, the Tigers did take a few points to get their game going against San Jose State as the Spartans jumped out to the lead in both games one and two before Pacific's talent and speed took over to turn the tides of each of the games. After falling behind 10-6 in the opening game, the Tigers battled back to even the game at 11-11. From there the two teams traded points until Pacific was able to take its first lead of the game on a service ace by sophomore Gabby Cowden. With the lead, the Tigers used a 5-2 run behind the brute strength pinpoint serving of redshirt-freshman Natalie Robinson. The run to gave the Tigers four game points at 24-20 before finally putting the Spartans away on their fourth and final game point of the opening frame.
With the first game in their win column, the Tigers set their sites on game two, playing the contest in eerily similar fashion to the first game. Falling behind early before tying the game again at 11-11, the Tigers and Spartans traded points until a four point run by the Tigers broke open the game at 22-18. Cowden started the rally for the Tigers while senior Svenja Engelhardt posted back-to-back kills to put the game squarely into Pacific's control. For the second straight game, the Tigers gave themselves four game points with a 24-20 lead, needing just two to put the Spartans into a 2-0 hole they would not be able to recover from. In the game, Engelhardt dropped in eight of her match-high 18 kills while also passing the 10 dig mark for her third double-double in the last four matches.
Game three proved to be a little easier of a time for Pacific as the Tigers jumped out to the early lead against the Spartans and never looked back, breaking the contest open late while leading by two at 19-17. The Tigers put together their best game of the night in the final frame of the contest as they hit an impressive .405 in game three, committing just two errors while tallying 17 kills on 37 attacks. Pacific put the match away with a 6-2 run late with kills from junior Samantha Misa and freshman Jennifer Sandersas the Tigers put together a well balanced attack against the Spartans.
Overall, Engelhardt led all attackers with a match-high 18 kills while also finishing with 15 digs. The senior hit .432 in the match while also adding two blocks and an ace giving her 166 career service aces, four away from moving into a tie for No. 2 on Pacific's all-time list. Misa recorded 10 kills in the victory for the Tigers while hitting .300 while Sanders finished with nine kills and Cowden posted five kills and four blocks.
Hanah Blume led the Spartans with 13 kills as she finished as the only attack San Jose State attacker with 10+ kills. Briana Amian and Alex Akana each tallied nine kills while the Spartans finished hitting .218 as a team. Caitlin Andrade posted a double-double for the Spartans in the loss with 35 assists and 15 digs.
The Tigers get back into conference action on Friday, October 22 when they take on UC Riverside in the second run through of Big West play. Pacific's match will be played in support of Breast Health Awareness as they Dig for a Cure while wearing pink at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.