LAS VEGAS - The University of Nevada (11-20) volleyball team had its season come to an end Monday night falling 3-2 to Fresno State (15-15) in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament being played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The Wolf Pack lost their first five-set match of the year falling by scores of 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 24-26 and 12-15. The Pack end their season at 11-20 while the Bulldogs improved to 15-15 on the season.
Nevada led the match 2-1 before FS scored a 26-24 fourth set victory to force the deciding fifth set. The Pack jumped to a 5-3 lead in the fifth set and the Bulldogs called timeout. After the timeout FS rallied to eventually catch Nevada at 7-7. With the set tied for the sixth time at 8-8 the Bulldogs scored the next three points on the way to the 15-12 victory. Nevada hit .211 in the final set and FS had their best set of the night posting a .412 attack percentage.
With set one tied at 3-3 the Pack scored the next two points and never looked back in winning easily 25-14. Nevada hit an outstanding .424 while FS hit .258.
There were nine ties and six lead changes in set two before the Bulldogs won 25-23 to even the match at one set each. A service error and a kill by FS broke the final tie of 23-23. Nevada’s attack percentage slipped all the way to zero and FS hit .105.
Following the break Nevada scored a 25-20 set three victory and held a 2-1 advantage in the match. Sophomore Erin Garvey ended the set with a kill off and assist from senior setter Sonnie Sei. Nevada improved its hitting percentage to .220 and FS hit .200.
FS scored the first five points of set four but the Pack would not go away and eventually tied the set at 23-23 and 24-24. The Bulldogs scored the final two points to win 26-24 and even the match at two sets apiece. Offensively the Pack again struggled hitting .162 while FS hit .306.
Junior Kylie Harrington led Nevada with a match-high 18 kills. Junior Lindsay Baldwin and Garvey finished with 15 and 14 kills respectively. Sei dished out a match-high 44 kills and recorded her 1800th career kill in the match. She ends her career ranked seventh in school history with 1842 career assists. Libero Nicole Link also reached a milestone with her match-high 17 digs which moved her past 1000 for her career. Link’s 1014 ranks ninth in school history. Senior Lauren Kelly and freshman Kelly Chang totaled 10 digs apiece.
Lauren Berger (15), Kelli Parker (13), Baylee Platt (12) and Brianna Clarke (12) all reached double figures in kills for the Bulldogs. Setter Allanah Munson had 36 assists and 12 digs to post a double-double. Platt also had a double-double in the match as she totaled 12 digs. Kelly Mason led FS with 16 digs in the match.
Nevada hit .198 for the match and FS .236. The Pack totaled 11 blocks and the Bulldogs had eight. Baldwin topped the Wolf Pack with seven blocks and Clarke had five for FS.