LOGAN, Utah - The University of Nevada (11-19, 7-9 WAC) volleyball team lost its final Western Athletic Conference match of the season falling in four sets at Utah State (15-13, 6-10 WAC).
The Wolf Pack won the first set 26-24 but lost the final three by scores of 26-24, 25-16 and 25-19 to the Aggies. With the loss the Pack end the regular season at 11-19 and 7-9 in the WAC while USU improved to 15-13 on the year and 6-10 in conference play.
The two schools split their two meetings as Nevada won 3-2 earlier in Reno. Nevada advances to next week’s WAC Tournament in Las Vegas and will play Fresno State at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
There were 13 ties and seven lead changes before the Pack escaped with the 26-24 first set victory. With the set tied for the last time at 24-24, junior Lindsay Baldwin served up an ace to put Nevada in front 25-24. On Baldwin’s next serve the Aggies’ Josselyn White had an attack error to give the Pack the first set. Nevada hit .333 in set one and USU .314.
Set was also back and forth with eight ties and three lead changes but USU scored the 26-24 victory to even the match at one set apiece. This time the Aggies got a service ace from Chelsea Fowles and an attack error by the Pack’s Kylie Harrington ended the second set. The Pack’s attack percentage slipped to .194 while USU hit .250.
USU scored the first two points of set three and went on to the easy 25-16 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Pack hit .182 and the Aggies .303 in the third set.
With set four tied for the 11th time at 16-16 USU used a 9-4 run to close out the set winning 25-19 to take the match 3-1. The Pack hit just .069 in the final set while the Aggies had their best hitting set of the night with a .393 attack percentage.
Harrington led four Pack players in double figure kills with 16 while freshman Elissa Ji had 12. Baldwin and Jorgan Staker finished with 10 each. Senior setter Sonnie Sei dished out 36 assists which leaves her two shy of 1800 for her career but she did move into seventh on Nevada’s career list. Libero Nicole Link posted a match-high 18 digs on the night and is one shy of 1000 for her career.
Liz McArthur topped the Aggies with a match-high 21 kills while setter Chelsea Fowles had a match-high 45 assists. Christine Morrill finished with 17 digs in the match.
Nevada hit .207 in the match compared to .312 for USU. The Aggies totaled 10.5 blocks and the Pack eight. Staker had four blocks for the Wolf Pack and Katie Astle seven for USU.