RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (8-17) volleyball team fell in three sets to intrastate rival UNLV (7-14) by scores of 25-27, 22-25 and 20-25 on Thursday night.
With the loss the Wolf Pack are now 8-17 on the season while the Rebels improved to 7-14.
UNLV held an eight-point advantage in set one but the Pack caught the Rebels at 18-18 and there were five more ties the rest of the first set. With the set tied at 25-25 the Rebels got back to back kills to win 27-25. Both teams were hot offensively in set one as Nevada hit .406 and UNLV .421.
Nevada built and early five-point lead at 6-1 and led most of set two until UNLV tied the score at 21-21 and again at 22-22. The Rebels scored the final three points of the set to win 25-22 and take a 2-0 lead into the break. UNLV hit .283 in set two and the Wolf Pack .225.
After the break UNLV scored the first three points of set three and held a seven-point advantage at 9-2. Nevada used a10-4 run to close within a point at 13-12 but would get no closer as the Rebels prevailed in set three 25-20 to win the match 3-0. Nevada hit .194 in the final set and UNLV .314.
Juniors Kylie Harrington and Lindsay Baldwin led the Pack with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Senior setter Sonnie Sei finished with 34 assists and junior libero Nicole Link had 14 digs. Sei dished out her 1600th assist in the match and now currently ranks ninth in school history with 1,618.
Cursty Jackson (18), Sara Hehf (16) and Kelsey Keeler (11) all reached double figures in kills on the night for UNLV. Setter Samantha Richard topped the Rebels with a match-high 43 assists and Jeralynn Makaiwi finished with 11 digs.
Nevada hit .269 in the match compared to .336 for UNLV. The Pack won the blocking battled 7-4. Baldwin topped Nevada with four blocks and Erin Greenwood had two for the Rebels.
The Pack now takes to the road for a pair of WAC matches. First up is a trip to San Jose, Calif. to take on the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Monday Nevada is at Fresno State with a scheduled start of 6:00 p.m.