Nevada Home to Host Wolf Pack Invitational
Week Three - Wolf Pack Invitational (Reno, Nev.)
- September 6, 7 p.m. vs Cal State Fullerton
- September 7, 6 p.m. vs Washington State
- September 8, 8 p.m. vs Cal State Bakersfield
This Week - Nevada returns to Reno after two weeks on the road to host the Wolf Pack Invitational from Thursday to Saturday ... Nevada will meet Cal State Fullerton, Washington State and Cal State Bakersfield ... The Wolf Pack is 1-5 this season, recording its victory against Tulane in its first tilt at the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic ... Cal State Fullerton has wins over SMU, Charleston Southern and Sacred Heart ... Washington State has beaten Montana, Alabama State, Seattle University and Weber State ... Cal State Bakersfield took out the Citadel its last time out ... Live Stats will accompany each match ... Live video of Nevada’s matches will be available for a fee ... The Wolf Pack Invitational Tournament Central Page can be found on the volleyball page at www.NevadaWolfPack.com and will have links to media coverage for each match, as well as a link to statistics and recaps throughout the weekend.
Opponents’ 2012 Records
Team 2012 Record Last Week
CS Fullerton 3-3 L, 3-0 at neutral site vs Arizona, L, 3-0 at Pepperdine, W, 3-0 at home vs Sacred Heart
Washington St. 4-2 W, 3-0 at home vs Alabama State, W, 3-0 vs Seattle U, W, 3-0 vs Weber St.
CSUB 1-2 Did not compete
Last Week - Nevada fell three times at the Community Bankers Classic hosted by the Pacific Tigers ... At the event, every match ended by a 3-0 score ... The Pack fell to Northern Illinois, the host Tigers and Portland State ... Tessa Lea’ea was named to an all-tournament team for the second consecutive week, as she also earned all-event honors at the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic ... She had 25 kills and six total blocks to lead the Pack in both categories.
Continuing Trend - Two all-conference performers from a year ago, Lea’ea and Janelle Batista, picked up where they left off in 2011 in the Pack’s first six contests ... Lea’ea was an all-newcomer honoree, while Batista was an all-second team selection in Nevada’s final WAC season. Both middle blockers, Lea’ea has 70 kills and 29 total blocks in 22 sets, while Batista has 43 kills and 13 total blocks in the same number of sets.
Immediate Impact - Kara Kasser, a freshman from Brea, Calif. (Brea Olinda HS) has made her mark on the 2012 Wolf Pack. The defensive specialist leads Nevada with 90 digs in 22 sets. Her average of 4.09 per set leads the team. She is the only Nevada player with a dig-per-set average above three.
Holt New Direction - Junior setter Dana Holt is getting her first crack at running the offense in 2012 and is doing so in fine form. She has 183 assists in 22 sets for an average of 8.32 per set and a .290 set percentage.
New Conference - Nevada will compete with eight teams in the Mountain West in 2012, after competing in the Western Athletic Conference for the final time during the 2011 season.
Second Time Around - Second-year head coach Ruth Lawanson welcomes five freshmen into an experienced roster in 2012.
Home Sweet Home - The 2012 season will feature 12 home matches for the Wolf Pack, including three in the Wolf Pack Invitational, its season-opening event. It will kick off on September 6 at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Street Gym with Nevada’s contest against Cal State Fullerton.
A Look at Every Team - This season’s Mountain West home slate will feature each team within the conference making an appearance in the Virginia Street Gym. With the home-and-home format in place, fans will be able to see all of Nevada’s conference opponents in Reno.
Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic
- Tessa Lea’ea - All Tournament Team
- Kara Kasser - Defensive MVP
Communtiy Bankers Classic
- Tessa Lea’ea - All Tournament Team
- Anxo, Grace 10 kills, 18 digs; vs Tulane, Aug 24, 2012
- Holt, Dana 42 assists, 12 digs; vs Texas A&M-CC, Aug 25, 2012
- Holt, Dana 22 assists, 10 digs; vs Northern Illinois, Aug 31, 2012
- Lea'ea, Tessa 18 kills, 10 blocks; vs Tulane, Aug 24, 2012