Nevada Volleyball Falls to Boise State

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RENO, Nev. – For the second time in three matches the University of Nevada (2-17, 0-7 MW) volleyball team lost a five-set Mountain West match. Tonight at the Virginia Street Gym the Wolf Pack rallied from a 2-1 deficit to Boise State (9-9, 3-5 MW) only to fall in the deciding fifth set 15-10.

BSU took the first and third sets by identical scores of 25-20. The Pack won the second set 25-17 and the fourth set 25-23 to even match at two sets apiece. The Broncos took the deciding fifth set 15-10. The loss dropped Nevada to 2-17 on the season and 0-7 in MW play. BSU improved to 9-9 and 3-5 in conference action.

The Pack led the final set 5-3 forcing BSU to call a timeout. The Broncos scored the next three points to take a 6-5 advantage. The eighth and final tie of the match was at eight all before a 7-2 Bronco run gave them the set 15-10 and match 3-2.

There were 11 ties and three lead changes in set one before BSU used a 6-1 run to break a 19-19 tie and take the set 25-20. In set two the Pack jumped out to a 5-1 advantage and never trailed the rest of the way to win 25-17 and even the match at a set apiece.

After the break BSU took set three 25-20 on the strength of a .394 attack percentage. Trailing 17-15 in the fourth set Nevada outscored the Broncos 10-6 to win 25-23 and even the match at two sets each. BSU scored a 15-10 fifth set victory to win the match.

For the second time this season Nevada had four players reach double figures in kills. Grace Anxo, Madison Morell and Sam Willoughby all had 14 kills in the match while Tessa Lea’ea finished with 12. Anxo and Morell each had 12 digs to post double-doubles. Setter Lyndsey Anderson also posted a double-double with 47 assists and 10 digs. Libero Kara Kasser totaled 10 digs in the match.

Sarah Horton led three BSU players in double figures with 19 kills. Alyssa Gammel had a double-double with 17 kills and 16 digs. Taylor Murphey contributed 13 kills. Setters Casey Rose and Sarah Baugh had 31 and 25 assists respectively. Hannah Hubbard had a match-high 19 digs.

The Pack hit .248 in the match and BSU .281. Nevada had 11 blocks compared to seven for BSU.

Nevada hosts Utah State on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.