In Final Home Match Nevada Falls 3-2 To New Mexico State
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada (11-12, 6-7 WAC) volleyball team led New Mexico State (18-7, 12-1 WAC) two sets to none but the Aggies rallied to take the next three and win the Western Athletic Conference match 3-2 at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno tonight. The Wolf Pack won the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-17 but following the break the Aggies were victorious in the next three sets 25-13, 25-9 and 15-10 to win the match. With loss the Wolf Pack dropped to 11-12 on the season and are 6-7 in WAC play. NMSU kept pace with league leading Hawai`i remaining just one half game back by improving to 12-1 in conference action and 18-7 overall.
The first set of the match was tied for the seventh time at 18-18 before the Pack put together a 7-1 run to win 25-19. Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin ended the set with a kill off an assist from junior setter Sonnie Sei. Both teams struggled offensively with the Pack hitting .033 and NMSU negative .070.
Nevada scored the first five points of set two only to have NMSU score the next six following a timeout. With the set tied at 7-7 the Pack again used a 5-0 run to take control and never trailed the rest of the set to win 25-17 and take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Pack hit .219 in the second set and held the Aggies to a .027 attack percentage.
Following the break NMSU came out of the locker room on fire jumping to an early 10-5 advantage and finished the set with a 15-8 run to win 25-13. With the victory the Aggies pulled within a set at 2-1. Offensively NMSU hit .289 and held the Pack to a negative .033 attack percentage.
NMSU was even more dominating in set four winning 25-9. The Pack again hit a negative number at .083 while the Aggies had their best hitting set of the night at .423.
The deciding fifth set went back and forth until the midway point when NMSU put together a 5-0 run to break an 8-8 tie and went on to win 15-10. With the victory the Aggies had completed the comeback after being down 2-0 to win the match 3-2. NMSU hit .261 in the final set and Nevada zero.
Nevada’s lone senior, Allison Hernandez was honored prior to the match on senior night and led the Pack with a 10 kills and added nine digs. The 10 kills tied for match-high honors. Sei posted a match-high 29 assists and tied for match-high honors with 20 digs to post her fifth double-double of the season. The 20 digs is also a career-high. Libero Nicole Link recorded 12 digs in the match.
Lindsey Yon, Krista Altermatt and Amber Simpson each had 10 kills to top NMSU and tie for match-high honors with Hernandez. Yon added 12 digs to post a double-double on the night. The Aggies two setters Jennah Devries and Alyssa Gintant finished with 23 and 18 assists respectively. Devries totaled 10 digs to record a double-double. Libero Krystal Torres reached double figures with her 10 digs.
NMSU hit .156 in the match and Nevada .037. Nevada held a slim 15-13 advantage in blocking and was led by freshman Erin Garvey and Baldwin’s eight. The eight for Garvey is a career-high. Simpson led the Aggies with eight and tied the two Nevada players for match-high honors.
Nevada next travels to San Jose State to play the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.