Nov. 10, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Despite a career high 53 assists from Taylar Rothfuss and 19 kills each from Tessa Lea'ea and Janelle Batista, the University of Nevada volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 30-32, 18-25) to Air Force on senior day, Saturday, at the Virginia Street Gym.
The Wolf Pack fell to 4-23 (1-13 MW) with the loss, while Air Force leaves Reno at 9-17 (3-9 MW) with the win.
In her final match at VSG, Batista got her kills on 35 attacks and committed only three errors. Her .457 hitting percentage led all Nevada players with at least 10 attempts on Saturday. Lea'ea was nearly as efficient, committing two five errors on the same number of attacks for a .400 hitting percentage.
Rothfuss's previous high, 44 assists, came against Boise State on October 13 this season. She added five digs, five assisted blocks and one kill to the strongest passing performance of her young career.
After a ceremony to honor Batista and fellow seniors Kelly Chang and Elissa Ji, the Pack started the match strong, winning the first set without trailing. After a win from Air Force leveled the match at one, a 62-point third set went to the Falcons, and Nevada was unable to recover for the comeback win.
Grace Anxo also had a solid day for the Pack, tallying 10 kills to put three Nevada players into double digits and missing a double-double by one dig, as she finished the match with nine.
Air Force had four players with at least 10 kills, led by Felecia Clement at 15.
Nevada will play once next week, taking on New Mexico at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Albuquerque.