Sept. 9, 2005
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Freshman middle blocker Colleen Burke recorded a match-high 14 kills to lead San Jose State University (4-2) to a three-game sweep over the Greyhounds (1-5) in a non-conference volleyball match at Mott Gym in the opening match of the Cal Poly/Best Western Royal Oak Invitational on Friday evening.
It was the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Greyhounds. San Jose State won the match by scores of 30-23, 30-25 and 30-15.
The Spartans took an early 5-1 lead in the opening game as Burke recorded three kills in the first six points. After the Greyhounds cut the deficit to 12-11, San Jose State scored six of the next seven points to extend its advantage to 18-12 and never looked back, taking the first game by a 30-23 margin. Burke had four kills in the opening game.
Loyola jumped out to an 11-8 lead in Game Two before the Spartans used an 8-2 run to gain a 16-13 cushion. The Greyhounds cut the deficit to 17-15 before San Jose State extended its advantage to 28-18 by scoring 13 of the next 14 points, including three kills by Burke. Desptite three kills by freshman Rachel Schillinger , the Greyhounds were unable to mount a comeback and lost the second game by 30-25.
The Spartans never trailed in the third game, jumping out to an early 7-3 lead. San Jose State hit .368 in the final game and had just three attack errors, while the Greyhounds had nine attack errors to go with 11 kills. Schillinger led Loyola with four kills in the final game, while Burke ended her night with five kills in the third game.
Burke was one of three players to record double-digit kills in the win for the Spartans. Kristina Conrad and Jennifer Senftleben each added 12 kills for San Jose State.
Schillinger was the lone Greyhound with double-figure kills while senior Becky Corb had five kills. Senior libero Jamie Arndt registered a season-high 22 digs in the loss for Loyola, while freshman setter Marcellee Williams had 24 assists.
The Greyhounds conclude play in the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday, taking on the host Mustangs at 9:00 a.m. and the University of Portland to open the afternoon session. Loyola returns home on Tuesday evening to host Howard University at Reitz Arena.