Wolf Pack Fall In Three At No. 21 BYU
Provo, Utah. - In its final regular season nonconference match of the season the University of Nevada(15-11) fell 3-0 at 21st ranked BYU(21-4) at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah Thursday night. The Wolf Pack lost by scores of 30-24, 30-24, and 30-15 which leaves them at 15-11 on the season while the Cougars improved to 21-4.
The first game was tied 15-15 before BYU put together a 7-2 run to go on top 22-17 on the way to the 30-24 victory. The Pack hit negative .030 in the first game and BYU .152.
Game two was tied seven times and there were four lead changes before BYU won the by the identical score to the first game 30-24. The last tie was at 7-7 and the Cougars led by a point 11-10 but BYU went on to build a 10-point advantage at 29-19 on the way to the commanding two games to none advantage in the match. Nevada had their best attack percentage of the night at .182 but BYU was better at .211.
BYU dominated the final game winning 30-15. The Cougars scored the first two points of the game and never trailed in winning to take the match 3-0. Again the Pack struggled hitting just .100 and BYU sizzled hitting .419.
Teal Ericson tied for match-high honors with 13 kills to lead the Pack. Ericson surpassed 1,000 career kills in the match as she came into the night needing just two to reach the milestone. Setter Tristin Johnson dished out 19 assists and led the team with eight digs.
Erica Lott tied for match-high honors with her 13 kills in the match. Chelsea Goodman and Lindsy Hartsock finished with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Setter Amy Schlauder tallied a match-high 40 assists and Annie Pinegar recorded a match-high 14 digs.
BYU hit .285 on the night compared to Nevada’s .085 attack percentage. The Cougars held a slim 9.5 to 9.0 advantage in blocking. Junior Karly Sipherd led the Pack with five blocks and Rachel Dyer topped the Cougars with six.
Nevada continues its stay in Utah playing a Western Athletic Conference match at Utah State on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. MT.