Nevada Falls 3-1 At UNLV
Las Vegas, Nev. - The University of Nevada (5-8) volleyball team’s losing skid reached four-matches as the Wolf Pack fell 3-1 at UNLV (9-7) by scores of 26-24, 23-25, 13-25 and 18-25 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas tonight. With the loss the Pack are now 5-8 on the season while the Rebels improved to 9-7.
There were 10 ties and six lead changes in set one before the Pack scored a 26-24 victory to take the 1-0 lead in the match. With the set tied at 24-24 an attack error on UNLV’s Cursty Jackson put the Pack on top by a point and junior Jorgan Staker sealed the victory with a kill of an assist from junior setter Sonnie Sei. Nevada hit .195 and the Rebels .095 in the first set.
Set two went back and forth as there were nine ties and six lead changes before the Rebels won 25-23 to even the match at one set each. With the final tie coming at 20-20 the Rebels scored the next three points and closed out the set with a 5-3 run. Nevada hit .235 and UNLV .217 in set two.
Following the break UNLV came out of the locker room on fire winning set three 25-13. The Rebels scored the first three points of the set and never trailed on the way to the 2-1 lead in the match. UNLV hit .400 and held the Wolf Pack to a negative .033 attack percentage.
The fourth set was tied 10 times and there were four lead changes before the Rebels won 25-18 to close out the match 3-1. The Rebels scored back-to-back points to break an 11-11 tie and never trailed the rest of the way to win set four. UNLV continued their hot hitting with a .355 attack percentage while Nevada hit .179 in the final set.
Sophomore Kylie Harrington led the Pack with 14 kills as she was only Nevada player to reach double figures. Sei dished out a team-high 36 assists in the match. Sophomore libero Nicole Link and senior outside hitter Allison Hernandez topped the Pack with 19 and 12 digs respectively.
Leah Maurer and Kelsey Keeler had 15 and 12 kills respectively for the Rebels. Setter Melody Nua posted a double-double with 46 assists and 13 digs. Camille Cunningham (17) and Gerryn Moran (11) also reached double figures in digs for UNLV.
UNLV hit .248 in the match and Nevada .141. The Pack won the blocking battle 9-3. Sophomore Lindsay Baldwin, junior Staker and junior Sage Aune had four blocks each for Nevada while Erin Greenwood topped UNLV with two.
Nevada returns home to play its next three matches with the first being a Western Athletic Conference contest with Idaho on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.