Sept. 15, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Janelle Batista exploded for a season-high 19 kills against the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday, leading Nevada to a 3-1 (15-25, 26-24, 26-24, 26-24) win in its final match at the Utah Classic.
The Wolf Pack improved to 2-10 with the victory, while Cal Poly fell to 1-10.
Batista's 19 kills were not only an individual high for the season, but also a high for any Nevada player in 2012. The senior from Corvallis, Ore. put on a dominating offensive show on Saturday, recording her 19 kills on 39 attacks and committing only three errors. Her .410 hitting percentage was also a season high for any Pack player.
As a team, the Pack swung effectively all afternoon, committing only 22 errors on 145 attempts. Its .186 hitting percentage was a high for the weekend. Each of the four sets saw the Wolf Pack come away with a positive hitting number, also a first for the weekend.
Tessa Lea'ea continued a strong 2012 campaign with a massive defensive effort and 13 kills on 36 attempts, posting a .167 hitting percentage. She had 13 total blocks (one solo, 12 assisted), deterring any offense the Mustangs were hoping to generate down the middle.
Kelly Chang and Kara Kasser tied for the team lead with eight digs and Chang was honored as the tournament's most valuable libero for her play. She had 21 digs in three matches and an average of 1.91 per set.
The Pack will return to Reno for two matches next week, meeting Texas Tech on September 19 at 7 p.m. and San Diego State on September 22 at 7 p.m. Nevada's meeting with San Diego State will be its first in Mountain West play.