Nevada loses third match in a row, falls to rival UNLV in four sets

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RENO, Nev. - The Nevada volleyball team falls to 14-6, 4-4 on the season after a four-set loss to the Rebels of UNLV. The Pack won the second set to tie it up at one set apiece but two straight set wins for UNLV pushed them over the top, 3-1.

Kayla Afoa once again dominated in the kill section with 18 to her name while accumulating 12 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Mandalay Rennon recorded 11 digs while Kaila Spevak and Dalyn Burns each had 10. Burns also had 38 assists to notch her 11th double-double of the season.

Freshman Sydney Petersen had a team high, seven block assists while Kassie McGill had five. The two helped combine with the team for 22 total block assists and push Nevada over last year's block total. In the 2018 season, Nevada recorded 180 total blocks, where currently the Pack is at 182 with 10 matches to go.

The Rebels won the first, third and fourth sets but the Pack took the second by a score of 25-20. In the third, UNLV was up early, 3-2 but two kills from Afoa and one from Souza along with errors from Rebels put the Pack on a 7-0 scoring run to take the 9-3 lead. UNLV called a timeout but Nevada tacked on two more points.

Once Nevada took the five point lead, the Rebels never regained momentum as the teams battled back and forth, exchanging points. The Rebels called another timeout as Nevada went up, 19-13, and it worked as they took the next three points forcing Lee Nelson to call timeout. The teams both tallied two kills each before Nevada took the 23-20 lead. The set ended on a block from Afoa and Brianna Souza, 25-20.

The fourth set saw the two tied at the 4-4 mark after an Afoa service ace, and take the 7-6 lead after Kili Robins recorded three straight kills for the Pack. UNLV regained the lead after a service error, 9-8 and never lost it the rest of the set, winning 25-20.

Nevada now hits the road with two tough matches against Wyoming and nationally-ranked Colorado State. The Pack take on the Cowgirls on Oct. 24th at 5:30 pm before the Rams on that Saturday, Oct. 26th at noon.