Stockton, Calif. - The University of Nevada (12-17) volleyball ended the 2008 season with a 3-0 loss to Portland (8-24) at the Bankers Classic being hosted by the University of the Pacific at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. tonight. The Wolf Pack lost by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-21 leaving them with an overall record of 12-17 on the season. With the victory the Pilots improved to 8-24.
Utah won the classic beating the host Tigers 3-1 in today’s second match. Pacific and Portland both went 1-1 while Nevada was 0-2 on the weekend.
In set one the Pilots used a 4-0 run to break a 4-4 tie and never looked back in winning 25-19. The Pack hit .088 in the first set compared to .333 for Portland.
Portland scored the first two points of set two and never trailed on the way to the 25-14 victory and 2-0 sets advantage. The Pack’s hitting percentage dipped to .086 and the Pilots improved on theirs hitting .344.
There were six ties and two lead changes in the final set before the Pilots won 25-21 to take the match 3-0. The final tie of the set came at 8-8 before Portland scored the next three points and the Pack would get no closer in the third set. Nevada had its best hitting set of the night at .208 while Portland continued its hot hitting with a .333 attack percentage in the final set.
Sophomore Kylie Harrington led Nevada with 11 kills and was named to the all-tournament team for her play on the weekend. Libero Nicole Link posted a match-high 11 digs on the night. Setters Sonnie Sei and Tatiana Santiago finished with 16 and 13 assists respectively.
K.C. Fox, the Pilots representative on the all-tournament team, finished with a match-high 14 kills. Setter Kaylyn Jones also posted a match-high with her 33 assists and led the team with nine digs.
Nevada hit .118 in the match while Portland hit .337 on the night. The Pilots also won the blocking battle 8-2. Jennifer Sheedy had five blocks to top Portland while Lindsay Baldwin had two for the Pack.
Bankers Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP - Alison Baird, Utah
Cinthia Silva, Utah
Emillie Toone, Utah
Alexa Anderson, Pacific
Shannon Krug, Pacific
K.C. Fox, Portland
Kylie Harrington, Nevada