Nevada Falls In Four Sets At Idaho
Moscow, Idaho - The University of Nevada (11-14, 6-9 WAC) volleyball team dropped its fourth Western Athletic Conference match in a row falling in four sets by scores of 10-25, 25-19, 26-28 and 17-25 to the University of Idaho (17-9, 10-5 WAC) at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho tonight. With the loss the Wolf Pack is now 11-14 overall and 6-9 in conference play. The third place Vandals improved to 17-9 on the season and to 10-5 in WAC action.
Idaho scored the first four points of the match and went on to win set one 25-10. The Vandals hit a match-high .346 in the first set and held the Pack to a negative .158 attack percentage.
Nevada broke a 5-5 tie by scoring three unanswered points and never trailed the remainder of set two to win 25-19 and even the match at one set apiece. Senior Allison Hernandez recorded the final two kills of the set off assists from junior setter Sonnie Sei. The Pack hit .250 in set two and the Vandals attack percentage dropped to .081.
Set three was tied seven times and there were four lead changes before Idaho rallied for the 28-26 victory. Nevada needed just one point to win the set twice leading 25-24 and 26-25 but the Vandals scored the final three points to win the set. With the win UI held a 2-1 advantage in the match. The Pack’s attack percentage fell to .118 and the Vandals hit .179.
The Pack scored the first four points of set four only to have the Vandals put together a 17-5 run to take a commanding lead at 17-9 on the way to the 25-17 victory. With the win UI took the match 3-1. The Pack again struggled offensively hitting just .022 while the Vandals hit .268.
Hernandez led Nevada with 12 kills and added 11 digs to post her sixth double-double of the season. Lindsey Baldwin and Sage Aune had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Aune’s 10 kills tied her career-high. Sei also posted her sixth double-double of the year with 34 assists and 10 digs. Libero Nicole Link tied for match-high honors with her 17 digs.
Idaho was led by Haley Larson who posted a match-high 15 kills. Sarah Loney, Anna McKinney and Sarah Conwell each finished with 10 kills in the match. Loney s 17 digs tied for match-high honors and earned her a double-double. Setter Kelsey James posted a match-high 41 assists and contributed 11 digs to record a double-double. Kelsey Yonker also totaled 17 digs in the match to tie for match-high honors while Meredith Rice was the fourth UI player to reach double figures in digs with her 12.
UI hit .210 in the match while the Pack finished with a .063 attack percentage. The Vandals won the blocking battle 19-9. Baldwin led Nevada with five blocks and Kelsey Taylor topped Idaho with a match-high 10.
Nevada continues its road trip with a match at Boise State on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in its final WAC match of the season.