Sept. 21, 2011
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada (2-9) lost its home opener to UNLV (7-6) at the Virginia Street Gym Wednesday night by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-18. With the loss the Wolf Pack is now 2-9 while the Rebels improved to 7-6 on the season.
The first set was tied for the eighth time at 10-10 before UNLV scored the next five points and went on to win 25-17. Nevada struggled hitting .062 in the set compared to .333 for the Rebels.
Set two was also tied eight times but a 3-0 Rebel run broke an eight all tie as UNLV won 25-19 to take a 2-0 advantage in the match. Nevada improved its attack percentage to .139 but UNLV hit .320.
UNLV built an early three-point advantage 12-9 and never trailed in winning the final set 25-18 and the match 3-0. The Pack hit zero in set three and the Rebels .154.
Junior middle blocker Janelle Batista finished with a match-high 10 kills to lead the Pack. Senior setter Tatiana Santiago dished out a match-high 27 assists and added a match-high 13 digs to record her fifth double-double of the season.
Candice Thomas led UNLV with eight kills and setter Stephanie Thelen totaled 26 assists. Taylor Richard finished with nine digs for the Rebels.
Nevada hit .073 in the match and UNLV .253. The Rebels totaled 12 blocks and the Wolf Pack four on the night.
Nevada opens Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday when Fresno State travels to Reno for a 7:00 p.m. match.
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