Nevada Continues Home Stand Against Wyoming, Colorado State
Oct. 23, 2012
- Thursday, October 25 vs. Wyoming (Reno, Nev. - Virginia Street Gym)
- Saturday, October 27 vs. Colorado State (Reno, Nev. - Virginia Street Gym)
This Week - After playing once last week, the Wolf Pack 4-17 (1-7 MW) will stay at home for two matches ... Nevada will welcome Wyoming (15-8, 3-5 MW) to the Virginia Street Gym on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Colorado State (13-6, 6-2 MW) on Saturday at the same time ... Tessa Lea’ea continues her drive toward a conference honor in her second season ... She leads Nevada in kills (256) and is the only Nevada player with more than 250 ... Also leads Nevada with 114 total blocks and is the only player with more than 100 ... Jody Purdi leads the Cowgirls on the offensive end ... She has 276 kills on 786 attacks for a .223 hitting percentage ... The Rams are led by Dana Cranston and Megan Plourde ... Cranston has 233 kills ... Plourde had 117 total blocks.
Promotions Corner - Nevada will welcome all kids 18 and under and in full costume into the Pack’s match with Colorado State free of charge ... One adult and one child wearing the best costume of the night will be recognized on the court between sets one and two ... After the match, the team will pass out candy to any trick or treaters in attendance ... Parents are encourage to bring their own trick or treat bags for their children.
Last Week - Nevada returned to Reno after a weekend on the road to conclude the first half of its Mountain West schedule ... After the Pack took on the New Mexico Lobos at VSG on Saturday afternoon it has now met each conference opponent once ... New Mexico came into the contest at 17-4 (4-2 MW) but had been average in road matches this season, the only place the Lobos record showed some strain ... With a 3-0 win over the Pack, they improved to 3-3 in away matches in 2012 ... Mountain West kills leader Chantale Riddle led all players with 16 kills ... Nevada was paced by Tessa Lea’ea and Elissa Ji, who had nine and eight kills, respectively.
Contributions - Grace Anxo, Bonnie Paul, Kelly Chang and Elissa Ji have all chipped in to help the Pack this season ... Anxo has started each match ... She has 165 digs, 135 kills and 32 total blocks ... Paul has 130 kills, 41 total blocks and 16 service aces in 77 sets ... Chang earned all-tournament libero honors at the Utah Classic and has 224 digs in 77 sets ... Ji has 46 kills, 15 assists, eight service aces 115 digs and eight total blocks.
Conference Ranking - A number of Nevada players are in the top-10 in various categories in the Mountain West. Dana Holt is fifth with 667 assists. Tessa Lea’ea is fourth in total blocks at 114, fourth in blocks per set at 1.39, fifth in points at 322 and seventh in kills at 256. Kelly Chang is in the top-10 in service aces per set. She is sixth at .29.
Remaining Schedule - The Pack will split its eight remaining matches between the Virginia Street Gym and a collection of road venues. In the next three weeks, Nevada will welcome Boise State and Air Force to VSG as well as its opponents this week. The final home match of 2012 will be against Air Force on November 10 at 1 p.m. The Pack will honor its three outgoing seniors, Janelle Batista, Kelly Chang and Elissa Ji.
Team Highs - As a team, Nevada’s match highs for the season are; 67 kills vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... a .256 attack percentage vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... 185 attempts on Oct. 4 vs. UNLV ... 62 assists vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... 75 digs vs. UNLV on Oct. 4 and Wyoming on Sept. 24 ... 14 aces vs. Tulane on Aug. 24 ... 17.5 blocks vs. Wyoming on Sept. 29.