Rams stunned by Spartans in five sets

By James Kim (@Jdkim38): 

San Jose State women’s volleyball knocked off No. 19 Colorado State on Saturday afternoon in five sets to end the Rams’ 15-game winning streak.

The loss was just the third of the season for CSU and its first in Mountain West play.

Wins were alternated by set, until the final one, when the Spartans (17-10, 9-7 MW) created a five-point lead and eventually won 15-11.

“We were expecting them to fight hard,” said middleback Laura Parts after the game. “It was a good team win.”

The largest margin of victory was six points when each the Spartans and Rams (25-3, 15-1 MW) won a set 25-19.

Sophomore Fernanda Vido noticed her team’s aggressive offensive play from the opening set and felt serving won it for the Spartans Saturday as aces were in their favor, 8-5.

“The entire team prepared well for the match and did a good job blocking, stopping [and] digging,” Vido said after finishing the match with a team-high 18 kills.

It was surely a group effort as senior Breann Robinson put up a whopping 54 assists while liberos Luiza Andrade and Jamie Hirai combined for 43 digs. Three more Spartans joined Vido with double-digit kills in Parts, Thaliana Grajeda and Nandyala Gama.

“Everybody came through,” said head coach Jolene Shepardson. “We put pressure on them and kept them guessing.”

The Spartans next game will be on the road against Boise State at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 15.

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