Nevada Wins First Road Match Sweeping Spartans 3-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Nevada (9-17, 5-7 WAC) volleyball team won its first road match of the season sweeping San Jose State (1-23, 1-12 WAC) in a Western Athletic Conference match by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21 at Spartan Gym in San Jose, Calif. tonight. The 3-0 sweep of the Spartans was the second for the Wolf Pack over the Spartans in less than a week after defeating them at home on Oct. 29. With the victory the Pack improved to 9-17 on the season and 5-7 in WAC play while SJSU dropped to 1-23 and 1-12 in conference play.
With set one tied at 8-8 the Pack used a 7-2 run to move on top 15-10 and SJSU could only get within three points the rest of the way as Nevada went on to win 25-18. Nevada hit .312 in set one and the Spartans .176.
The Pack scored the first three points of set two and never trailed on the way to the 25-22 victory. SJSU did tie the score on two occasions at 8-8 and 21-21. Nevada put together a 4-1 run down the stretch to break the 21-21 tie. Senior setter Sonnie Sei ended the set with a kill off an assist from freshman Kelly Chang. The Pack's attack percentage slipped to .143 but held SJSU to a negative .029 hitting percentage.
SJSU scored the first two points of the third set but Nevada scored eight of the next nine points to go in front 8-3 and the Wolf Pack never trailed the rest of the way in winning the final set 25-21 to take the match 3-0. Junior Kylie Harrington ended the match with her 14th kill of the night off an assist from Sei. The Pack hit .189 in set three and SJSU .200.
Harrington finished with a match-high 14 kills and junior Lindsay Baldwin added nine. Sei finished with a match-high 29 assists and libero Nicole Link totaled a match-high 13 digs.
Taylor Japhet topped SJSU with 11 kills and setter Caitlin Andrade had 29 assists. Kristal Tsukano led the Spartans with 10 digs.
Nevada hit .212 in the match compared to .117 for SJSU. The Pack totaled seven blocks and the Spartans had six. Baldwin led Nevada with four blocks and Alex Akana had four for SJSU.
Nevada will continue its two-match road swing with a trip to Fresno, Calif. to play at Fresno State on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.