Nevada Snaps Four Game Skid Defeating LTU 3-2
Nov. 5, 2005
Ruston, La. - The University of Nevada(14-10, 8-5 WAC) snapped its season high four match losing skid defeating Louisiana Tech(15-14, 2-11 WAC) 3-2 in a Western Athletic Conference match at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. Saturday night. The Wolf Pack won games one, and three by 30-27 scores while the Lady Techsters won the even games two, and four by the same 30-27 scores. The Pack took the deciding fifth game 15-8.
With the win Nevada improved to 14-10 on the season and 8-5 in WAC play while LTU fell to 15-14 overall, and 2-11 in conference play. The Pack swept the two-match season series and has won all six WAC meetings played between the two schools.
With the match tied at two games apiece the deciding fifth game would determine the match winner. Game five was tied 5-5 before the Pack scored the next two points and put together a 10-3 run to close out the game 15-8 to take the match 3-2. Senior Salaia Salave`a and junior Ashley Miller combined to block Anielle Da Silva to score the final point of the match. Nevada saved its best for last hitting a match high .294 in the final game while LTU hit just .062.
Trailing 25-23 in game one the Pack used a 7-2 run down the stretch to take the first game 30-27. Nevada only managed to hit .063 in the first game compared to .125 for LTU.
In game two the Pack led 13-8 but LTU came roaring back scoring nine of the next 10 points to go in front 17-14 and never trailed the rest of the game in winning 30-27 to even the match at one game apiece. Nevada out hit LTU .143 to .133 in game two.
Game three was tied for the final time at 25-25 before the Pack outscored LTU 5-2 to claim the 30-27 win. The game three victory gave Nevada a two games to one lead in the match. Both teams hit over .200 for the first time in the match with Nevada hitting .205 and the Lady Techsters .206.
LTU would need a victory in game four to force the deciding fifth game. The back and fourth game was tied at 27-27 but three unanswered points by the Lady Techsters clinched the game four victory 30-27 to force a game five in which the Pack prevailed 15-8. LTU out hit Nevada for the third time in four games in game four, this time by a tally of .192 to .135.
Salave`a posted her second triple-double of the season and career with 26 kills, 12 digs, and 12 blocks. Sophomore Teal Ericson contributed 17 kills while sophomore Karly Sipherd, and junior Carly Sorensen added 11 apiece. Setter Ashley Miller dished a career and a team season high 66 assists. Miller also had 13 digs to post a double-double in the match. Libero Christine Harms had a career, and team season high 28 digs. Defensive specialists Lindsay Holda, and Dana Henry totaled 14 digs each.
Da Silva led LTU with 16 kills while Ambra Hayes(14), Shannon Phillips(12), and Lauren Gustafson(10) also posted double figures in kills. Da Silva, and Hayes finished with 17, and 11 digs respectively to post double-doubles in the match. Meghan Haas had a match high 34 digs and setter Jillann Walker finished with 56 assists.
LTU hit .154 in the match compared to Nevada's .141 attack percentage. The Lady Techsters won the blocking battle 15-13 despite a season high 12 coming from Salave`a.
Nevada returns Reno to play its final three home matches of the season beginning on Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. contest with Idaho.