Nevada loses final home match in heartbreaker with Air Force

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RENO, Nev. - The Nevada volleyball team falls to the Air Force Falcons in five-sets. The Pack is now 8-19 on the season with two more opportunities up ahead.

The teams exchanged sets with Air Force claiming the first, 22-25, the third, 21-25 and the fifth, 15-13. Nevada took the even sets with 25-21 in the second and 25-22 in the fourth.

Kayla Afoa lead the team in a significant way. The outside hitter put together 26 kills and 19 digs for her 15th double-double on the season. Afoa also had 68 total attacks on the night, both were career highs. Dalyn Burns also tied a career high in digs with 20 while also recording 49 assists on the night. That gives her 11 double-doubles on the year.

Redshirt freshman Hailey Maniglia lead the team in efficiency with a .321 hitting percentage with 13 kills. Shiloh Peleras posted a team high seven block assists with Kassie McGill in on three of them.

The theme of the match was, no one goes on scoring runs, and that was true. Neither team secured more than three points in a row through the duration of the game, Nevada claimed three in the first set to take the lead 10-6.

Nevada and Air Force went back and forth through the entire second set but the Falcons took the first three point lead, 11-9. The Pack answered and regained the lead, 16-15, and maintained the lead for the rest of the set. The Falcons committed a service error to secure the set, 25-21.

In the fourth set, Nevada held Air Force to a .171 hitting percentage while rocking a .214. The Pack took an early lead, going up 6-4 on the Falcons but they responded by tying the match up at 15-15 and taking the lead, 16-15. The two team exchanged leads multiple times and the match was tied five more times before the Pack could secure the win on a Camryn Rocha kill, 25-22.

The Pack had the 5-4 lead in the fifth and deciding set but the Falcons were not backing down. Air Force answered back and tied it up 8-8. After the media timeout, Nevada tacked on two points to take back the lead but again the Falcons responded to tie it up 10-10. Air Force had the match point with a 14-13 score that came down to a final challenge call that stood with the Falcons, 15-13.

Nevada hits the road for its final two matches. First up is San Diego State, next Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. PT before traveling to Fresno to take on Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m. PT.