Pack Volleyball Falls in San Jose

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The University of Nevada (2-15, 0-5 MW) volleyball team led 2-0 at San Jose State (4-11, 1-4 MW) but the Spartans rallied to win the next three sets to take the match 3-2. The Wolf Pack won the first two sets 25-18 and 28-26 before the Spartans took the next three 25-17, 25-20 and 15-7.

The loss was the eighth in a row for the Pack leaving them 2-15 on the season and winless in the MW at 0-5. SJSU is now 4-11 and earned its first MW win to improve to 1-4.

Nevada led the first set early 2-1 and never trailed on the way to the 25-18 victory. Senior Grace Anxo had six kills in set one. There were 14 ties and four lead changes before the Pack took set two 28-26. Back-to-back kills by sophomore Sam Willoughby and freshman Madison Morell scored Nevada’s final two points of the set to give the Pack a 2-0 lead in the match.

SJSU held a 3-1 advantage in set three and did not trail on the way to the 25-17 victory to close within a set at 2-1. The fourth set was back-and-forth with 12 ties and six lead changes. With the score tied at 18 the Spartans put together a 7-2 run to win 25-20 and even the match at two sets apiece.

In the deciding fifth set the Spartans scored the first two points and went on to win 15-7 to complete the comeback. SJSU hit .412 in the final set and Nevada negative .087.

Three Pack players had double figure kills led by junior Tessa Lea`ea’s 15. Morell posted a career-highs with 14 kills and 12 digs to record her first career double-double. Anxo had 13 kills and was one dig short of a double-double finishing with nine. Setter Lyndsey Anderson posted a career-high 40 assists. Libero Kara Kasser had 15 digs in the match.

Hanah Blume totaled 25 kills and 13 digs to record a double-double for SJSU. Lauren Jacobsen also had a double-double with 20 kills and 17 digs. Mary Alice O’Reilly added 14 kills. Michaela Leonard dished out 66 assists.

The Pack hit .182 in the match and the Spartans .272. SJSU had 11 blocks and Nevada six.

Nevada continues its road trip into California at Fresno State on Saturday night at 7 p.m.