Stockton, Calif. - The University of Nevada (3-7) volleyball team dropped its first match of the Stockton Hilton Invitational being hosted by Pacific in Stockton, Calif. to Loyola Marymount (8-3) by scores of 13-25, 22-25 and 23-25 today. The loss leaves the Wolf Pack 3-7 on the season while the Lions improved to 8-3 on the year.
LMU jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and went on to win 25-13. The Pack hit .062 in set one while the Lions produced their best offensive set of the match hitting .320.
The Lions took and early 5-1 advantage in set two but Nevada rallied to tie the score at 16-16. LMU scored the next two points and the Pack would get no closer falling 25-22. Nevada improved its attack percentage to .118 but the Lions hit .206.
The third set was the closest of the match as there were nine ties and four lead changes before the Lions prevailed 25-23 to win the match 3-0. The final tie was 22-22 before LMU put together a 3-1 run to close out the match. Nevada produced its best hitting set of the match at .125 and held the Lions to their worst output in the match at .087.
Senior Kylie Harrington led the Pack with 11 kills and added six digs. It marked the ninth time in 10 matches Harrington has led the team in kills this season. Setters Sonnie Sei and Tatiana Santiago finished with nine and eight assists respectively. Libero Nicole Link finished with a team-high 11 digs.
Ariana Covington posted a match-high 13 kills for LMU while setter Alesha Young dished out a match-high 36 assists. Libero Lauren DeGrandmont totaled a match-high 12 digs.
LMU hit .181 in the match compared to .104 for the Pack. Nevada won the blocking battle 10-4 with freshman Janelle Batista posting a career-high six.
Nevada returns to the court tonight to play the host Pacific Tigers at 7:00 p.m.