PacK Fall In Three At SJSU
San Jose, Calif. - The University of Nevada(10-8, 4-2 WAC) volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference road match falling 3-0 to San Jose State(11-8, 2-4 WAC) by scores of 30-21, 30-24, and 30-25 at the Spartan Gym in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday night. The Wolf Pack started the WAC season by going 4-0 at home but are now 4-2 after dropping a pair of road matches and stand at 10-8 on the season. The Spartans, who lost the first matchup with the Pack 3-0 in Reno earlier this season, improved to 11-8 on the year and 2-4 in conference play.
SJSU wasted little time taking control of game one breaking a 3-3 tie with a 3-0 run to go on top for good 6-3. The Spartans largest advantage of game one was nine as they won 30-21. SJSU hit .364 and held the Pack to a .222 attack percentage.
In the second game SJSU jumped to a 4-1 lead and never trailed in winning 30-24. With the victory the Spartans took a 2-0 games lead into the locker room at intermission. Nevada improved its hitting percentage to .245 but SJSU hit .349 in game two.
Game three was controlled by SJSU as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead and settled for the 30-25 game victory and 3-0 match win. The Spartans finished the match with their best attack percentage of the night hitting .459 in the final game and the Pack had their best hitting game at .286.
Junior Teal Ericson finished with a match high 17 kills and senior Carly Sorensen added 11. Sorensen tallied 10 digs to post her eighth double-double of the season. Starting setter Tristin Johnson totaled 29 assists and reserve Sonnie Sei had a career high 16 in the match. Freshman libero Lauren Kelly led Nevada with 12 digs on the night.
Jennifer Senftleben led SJSU with 15 kills and Niki Clement contributed 14 in the match. Setter Kristina Conrad dished out a match high 43 assists on the night. Jessie Shull finished with a match high 14 digs and became the 18th player in NCAA history to record 2000 digs in a career.
SJSU out hit the Pack .389 to .252 in the match and both teams finished with five blocks. Karly Sipherd posted a match high four blocks and Conrad led the Spartans with three.
Nevada continues its trip to California on Saturday at Fresno State versus the Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m.