Reno, Nevada - The University of Nevada(11-8, 8-4 WAC) volleyball team moved into a tie for third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings following a sweep of Idaho(9-12, 5-5 WAC) by scores of 31-29, 30-20, and 30-28 on Thursday night at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno. With the victory the Wolf Pack are now tied for third with Utah State at 8-4 in the WAC standings. The Pack improved to 11-8 on the season while UI is now 9-12 overall and 5-5 in league play. The two teams split the two WAC meetings this year after the Vandals scored a 3-2 victory in Moscow, Idaho earlier this season.
The first game of the night was tied 10 times and there were five lead changes before the Pack scored a 31-29 victory. With the game tied at 29-29 Nevada got a kill from Jorgan Staker off an assist from KatiJo Matthews to go in front 30-29. Freshman Lindsay Baldwin ended the first game with a block of Debbie Pederson to give the Pack the win. Nevada hit .250 and the Vandals .295 in the first game.
Game two was tight until Nevada put together a 9-3 run to take command at 21-13, on the way to easy 30-20 victory and 2-0 games advantage in the match. The Pack’s attack percentage slipped slightly to .241 but defensively held UI to .091.
UI led game three 28-25 but following a timeout Nevada scored the final five points to win the final game of the night 30-28 and the match 3-0. Senior Karly Sipherd served the final four points of the match and Baldwin’s ninth kill of the night on an overpass gave the Pack the victory. Offensively the Pack hit just .146 and the Vandals hit .103 in the final game.
For the third match in a row Sipherd led the Pack in kills finishing with 15 and hit .296. Freshmen Kylie Harrington and Baldwin totaled 10 and nine respectively. Setter Ashley Miller dished out 39 assists and reached 1,400 for her career in the process. Miller’s 1,438 career assists after tonight’s match ranks eighth in school history. Libero Allison Hernandez led the team with nine digs.
Haley Larsen and Sarah Loney topped the Vandals with 21 and 15 kills respectively. Setter Kelsey James had a match-high 43 assists on the night while Jamie Richards also had a match-high with 10 digs.
Nevada hit .209 in the match compared to .172 for the Vandals. Both teams blocked well but the Pack won the battle at the net 15.5 to 12. Baldwin’s 10 led the Pack as she just missed the double-double finishing with the nine kills. Her four solo blocks established a new career-high and she assisted on six other blocks in the match. Anna McKinney had eight blocks, one solo and seven assisted for UI.
Next up for the Wolf Pack is a match with Boise State on Saturday night at the Virginia Street Gym at 7:00 p.m.