Nevada Opens Home Invitational With Sweep Of Weber State
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (2-2) volleyball team swept Weber State (0-5) 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22 to begin play at the Nevada Invitational taking place at the Virginia Street Gym over the next two days. With the victory the Wolf Pack improves to 2-2 while the Wildcats remain winless at 0-5. In the first match of the day Notre Dame (3-2) outlasted Belmont (2-3) 3-2.
There were eight ties and four lead changes in the first set before the Pack prevailed 25-17. Nevada scored six unanswered points to break a 16-16 time on the way to the first set victory. Junior Erin Garvey and sophomore Janelle Batista combined on a block to end the set and give the Pack the eight-point win. Nevada hit .333 and held WSU to a .133 attack percentage.
With set two tied at 7-7 Nevada put together a 7-2 run to take a five-point advantage at 14-9 only to have the Wildcats close within two at 18-16. A 7-4 run gave the Wolf Pack the 25-20 set victory and 2-0 advantage in the match. WSU hit .269 but Nevada was outstanding at .433.
Nevada trailed most of set three and was down by six points at 16-10. The Pack rallied scoring 10 of the next 14 points to tie the set at 20-20. The final tie came at 21-21 but 4-1 run was capped off by a kill from senior middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin to the end the set 25-22 and match 3-0. Nevada hit just .095 and WSU .138.
Baldwin led three Pack players in double figure kills with 13 and added 10 digs to post a double-double. Senior Kylie Harrington had 11 kills and freshman Grace Anxo added 10. Junior setter Tatiana Santiago dished out a match-high 36 assists on the night.
Bethany Wray topped WSU with 10 digs and setter Kim Lissinna finished with 20 assists.
Nevada hit .265 in the match and WSU .176. The Pack won the blocking battled 10.5 to five with Baldwin and Batista finishing with five each.
On Saturday the Pack take on Belmont at noon and close out play versus Notre Dame at 7:00 p.m. The Irish play Weber State in the first match of the day at 10:00 a.m. and the 5:00 p.m. match is WSU and Belmont.