Fresno, Calif. The University of Nevada(11-8, 5-2 WAC) volleyball team won its first Western Athletic Conference road match of the season defeating Fresno State(3-15, 1-6 WAC) 3-2 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. by scores of 34-32, 23-30, 30-14, 20-30, and 18-16. With the win the Pack improved to 11-8 on the season and 5-2 in conference play while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-15 overall and 1-6 league play.
In the deciding fifth game Nevada trailed 16-15 but scored the final three points to take the game 18-16 and match 3-2. The Pack got consecutive kills from Allison Hernandez, Teal Ericson, and Karly Sipherd to close out the match. The Pack hit .345 in the final game while FS hit just .226.
The Pack would need some extra play in game one to defeat the Bulldogs 34-32. Both teams hit well in the first game with Nevada finishing with a .410 attack percentage and FS hit .368.
FS took the second game 30-23 to even the match at one game apiece. The Pack’s attack percentage slipped to .150 and the Bulldogs hit .275.
Following the break the Pack dominated game three winning easily 30-14 to take a 2-1 games advantage. Nevada had its best hitting game of the night at .586 while the Bulldogs hit .167.
The Bulldogs would not go away winning the game four 30-20 to even the match at two games apiece forcing a deciding fifth game in which Nevada prevailed 18-16. The Pack’s attack percentage in game four was .000 while FS hit .214.
Ericson led Nevada with 21 kills on the night. Sipherd finished with 16 kills and Hernandez added 14. Hernandez tallied 17 digs to post her first double-double of the season. Setter Tristin Johnson had a match high 49 assists and totaled 10 digs to post her fourth double-double of the season. Freshmen KatiJo Matthews and Lauren Kelly had 18 and 11 digs respectively in the match.
Angela Wiggins had a match high 22 kills for the Bulldogs. Jamie Temperino(12), Lacey Gera(11), and Alison Pitton(10) also reached double figures in kills. Pitton added 15 digs to post a double-double. FS two setters Tiffany Hess and Lisa Gera each had 28 assists in the match. Hess posted a double-double as she collected 13 digs on the night. Cassie Gilford finished with a match high 22 digs for the Bulldogs.
Nevada hit .259 in the match which was slightly better than the Bulldogs’ .251 attack percentage. The Pack won the blocking battled 13-10. Sipherd had a match high seven blocks for Nevada and senior Brianne Davis totaled six. Wiggins led FS with six blocks on the night.
The Wolf Pack return home for a pair of WAC matches next week hosting Boise State on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno. Both matches get underway at 7:00 p.m.