FRESNO, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Kylie Harrington’s career-high 25 kills led the University of Nevada (10-17, 6-7 WAC) volleyball team to 3-1 Western Athletic Conference victory over Fresno State (12-13, 5-8 WAC) Monday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The Wolf Pack dropped the first set 25-14 but won the next three 25-20, 25-21 and 26-24 to win the match. With the victory the Pack improved to 10-17 on the season and 6-7 in WAC play while the Bulldogs dropped to 12-13 on the year and 5-8 in conference play.
Nevada earned its first road win of the season on Saturday with a sweep at San Jose State and tonight was the Pack’s second of the year as they went 2-0 on the two-match California road swing. The two match win streak also equaled the longest of the season for the Pack. Nevada won both matches from FS this year after a 3-1 victory in Reno back on Sept. 26.
FS scored the first two points in set one and never trailed on the way to the easy 25-14 victory. The Bulldogs were hot offensively hitting .389 in set one while the Pack struggled finishing with a .194 attack percentage.
The Pack jumped to a 7-2 lead in the second set and held on for the 25-20 victory to even the match at 1-1. Junior Lindsay Baldwin and sophomore Erin Garvey teamed to block the Bulldogs’ Marissa Brand to end the set. Nevada improved its attack percentage to .242 and held FS to a .182 hitting percentage.
There were 10 ties and four lead changes in set three before the Pack escaped with the 25-21 win to take 2-1 advantage into the locker room. Set three ended similar to set two only this time Baldwin teamed with freshman Elissa Ji to block Lauren Berger to score the final point of the set. Once again Nevada increased its attack percentage hitting .265 in set three and defensively held FS to a .088 attack percentage.
Set four went back and forth and was tied nine times with the last coming at 24-24. Harrington’s 24th and 25th kills of the night off assists from senior setter Sonnie Sei resulted in the 26-24 set win and 3-1 match victory for the Pack. Nevada had its best hitting set of the night at .268 while the Bulldogs hit .282.
Harrington’s career and match-high 25 kills led the Pack and surpassed her previous high of 22 set against the same Bulldogs in the Nevada’s 3-1 victory earlier this season in Reno on Sept. 26. Ji finished the night with 10 kills and hit .320 in the match. Sei dished out a match and season-high 42 assists while libero Nicole Link totaled a team-high 12 digs.
Kelli Parker (16), Berger (13) and Brand (10) all reached double figures in kills for FS. Setters Allanah Munson and Lisa Gera finished with 33 and 14 assists respectively. Parker added 11 digs and Munson 13 as they both posted double-doubles on the night. Kelly Mason had a match-high 22 digs in the match.
Nevada hit .243 in the match and FS .239. The Pack totaled 8.5 blocks and the Bulldogs eight. Baldwin had six blocks and Ji five for the Wolf Pack while Brianna Clarke led FS with four blocks.
Nevada returns home to host New Mexico State University on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.