Aug. 27, 2011
SAN DIEGO – The University of Nevada (0-3) volleyball team lost in three sets at San Diego State in the final match of the Aztec Invitational on Saturday night. The Wolf Pack went 0-3 in the invitational to begin 2011 season. SDSU won the match by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-18 to go 3-0 on the weekend and claim the invitational title.
SDSU jumped to a 10-4 lead in the first set but Nevada rallied to tie the score at 15-15. The Aztecs outscored the Pack 10-5 the rest of the way to take set one 25-20. The Wolf Pack hit just .027 in the first set while SDSU hit .194.
There were seven ties and four lead changes in the second set but SDSU prevailed 25-14 to take a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Pack improved their hitting percentage to .138 but the Aztecs hit .333.
Set three was once again featured seven ties but SDSU held on for the 25-18 victory and 3-0 match win. Nevada had its worst hitting set of the night at negative .040 and the Aztecs their best at .345.
Junior middle blocker Janelle Batista led the Pack with six kills and was named to the all-tournament team for her play in the three matches. Setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 18 assists and outside hitter Grace Anxo topped the team with nine digs.
Andrea Hannasch had 12 kills for SDSU and setter Johnna Fouch totaled 33 assists. Kristi Jackels finished with a match-high 13 digs.
Nevada hit .044 in the match and SDSU .289. The Aztecs won the blocking battle 8-2.
Nevada returns to the road next weekend playing at the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. The Pack will play Washington State and Butler on Friday. Saturday the Wolf Pack plays Texas A&M and the host Portland Pilots.
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