Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada(14-10, 8-4 WAC) volleyball team lost 3-0 to 16th ranked and co-Western Athletic Conference leader Hawai`i(18-5, 10-1 WAC) on Thursday night at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno. The Wolf Pack lost by scores of 30-24, 30-24, and 30-23. The Pack are now 14-10 on the season and 8-4 in conference play. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 18-5 overall and kept pace with New Mexico State, who also won on Thursday night, to stay tied atop the conference standings with a 10-1 record.
Game one was tied at 11-11 and the Pack trailed by just two points midway through the game 15-13. UH put together a 6-2 run to go on top 21-15 and were never threatened in winning the first game 30-24. Both teams struggled offensive as the Pack hit just .025 and the Rainbow Wahine .071.
UH scored the first three points of game two and built 6-1 lead but the Wolf Pack tied it up at seven apiece. A 4-0 run put the Wahine up 11-7 but again the Pack rallied to close within a point on two occasions with the last coming at 13-12. A 7-2 scoring run by UH was more than Nevada could overcome as UH again won by a 30-24 score to take a two games to none advantage into the break. The Pack hit .125 but Hawai`i was much better at .281.
Following the break UH jumped out to a 4-1 lead but slowly the Pack clawed back eventually tying the score at 18-18. The Rainbow Wahine scored six of the next seven points to take control of the game at 24-19 on the way to the 30-23 victory and 3-0 match win. The Pack had their best hitting game of the night at .167 but so did UH at .394.
Karly Sipherd led the Pack with nine kills on the night. Teal Ericson and Jorgan Staker finished with eight apiece. Senior setter Tristin Johnson totaled 19 kills and freshman Sonnie Sei 12. Libero Lauren Kelly finished with a match high 14 digs.
Sara Mason led three UH players in double figures with 13 kills. Juliana Sanders and Jamie Houston finished with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Setter Kanoe Kamana`o dished out a match high 35 assists. Libero Jayme Lee tallied a match high 11 digs.
UH hit .234 compared to Nevada’s .103 attack percentage in the match. The Rainbow Wahine also won the blocking battled 12-8. Sipherd led Nevada with five blocks and Sanders had six for UH.
Nevada will play its final regular season home match at the Virginia Street Gym on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. versus Fresno State. Seniors Brianne Hall, Tristin Johnson, and Carly Sorensen will be honored prior to the match for their contributions to Wolf Pack volleyball.