Aug 30, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of Nevada volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-12) loss to the preseason favorite in the Western Athletic Conference, the New Mexico State Aggies, in the first Match at the Cal Molten Invitational on Friday.
Nevada fell to 0-1 with the loss, while NMSU improved to 1-0 with the win.
Tessa Lea’ea led the Wolf Pack with seven kills, followed closely by Grace Anxo with six. Kara Kasser was Nevada’s starting libero on Friday afternoon, leading Nevada with eight digs. Dana Holt was Nevada’s leader in assists with 14.
Sam Willoughby looked comfortable returning to her natural position in the middle, recording five kills and committing only two errors. Lea’ea added three assisted bocks to her offense to lead the Pack on defense. Anxo also added five blocks in the match.
Game one was close throughout, with the score tied at 10 before a three-point run from the Aggies. Three quick points out of a timeout by the Nevada bench stemmed the NMSU momentum, once again tying the game, this time at 13 all.
Later in the game, trailing 22-19, Anxo pounded a ball off the block to get the Pack to within two, but the team in silver would get no closer late, falling 25-21.
Nevada fell 25-18 in game two, trailing for the majority of the early points. Nevada closed the gap in the middle of the game, putting together a string of four-straight points before NMSU closed it out. Strong play closer to the culmination of the game looked to set the table for the Pack in game three, but the Aggies were able to get the victory and take the match.
The Pack will take on the host Golden Bears at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in its second match of the day.
Nevada was assessed a four-point, delay-of-game penalty in game three for entering its lineup late.