RENO, Nev. - For the first time since 2008, the Nevada volleyball program took the win over Boise State in both matches during the regular conference season. The Pack took down the Broncos, 3-1 on Saturday in an intense match to move to 16-8, 6-6 on the year.
To say the win was an entire team effort would not be an understatement as the Pack combined for 60 kills with six different members tallying at least two. Kayla Afoa had another big number match with 17 kills but Brianna Souza and Kassie McGill also recorded double digit kills while McGill hit for a .391. McGill only committed three errors in the entire match on 23 swings while also being apart of two blocks.
Dalyn Burns had another 50-plus assist match with 51 while Kaila Spevak led the team with 15 digs. Mandalay Rennon and Ryan Blackwood each recorded three services aces each while Souza had one for her name as well.
The first set was just as one would imagine, a back and forth battle that saw 13 tied scores and four lead changes. At the 7-6 mark, early in set one, Nevada went on a 3-0 run and then Boise State went on a 3-0 run, just for the Pack to respond with another three straight points, so the Broncos called timeout down, 12-9.
With the score 17-17 in the first set, the two teams alternated points until it was tied again at 22-22 . Boise State took the one-point lead, 23-22 and a timeout later took the set, 25-23.
Nevada bounced back in the second set and won the first two points before the Broncos got one on an attack error from the Pack but that did not stop Nevada. The team went on to take the 7-1 lead before Boise State could take a timeout. Following the timeout, the Broncos cut the lead to 9-6 in favor of the Pack but again a roll from Nevada kept them at an arms distance. At the 21-14 mark a 3-1 run from Boise State threatened the Nevada lead but a quick regroup from head coach Lee Nelson and two straight points and the Pack took the set, 25-20.
Mandalay Rennon is a force to be reckoned with behind the service line and the start to the third set proved that. The freshman knocked two aces in the first four points of the set to put Nevada on top, 4-0, early on and forced Boise State to call timeout. From the time the Broncos called its first timeout to its second, they scored eight points while the Pack tallied up nine, keeping them at a four point deficit to Nevada, 13-9.
Following the Broncos second timeout, Nevada let the match just play out winning it, 25-18 before moving into the fourth and final set. The Pack once again took the first two points of the set before giving one up on an attack error. Boise State tied it up a total of eight times in the match with the most coming at the end.
After an attack error from the Pack allowed the score to get knotted up at 19-19, it was a battle of whoever could score two consecutive points would win. It was tied at 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 25-25 and even 26-26 after back-to-back service errors from both squads. It came down to the wire with the score 27-26, Nevada need just one point to win the match and they left it up to the freshman Petersen who just tipped over the middle and it got down for a kill, 28-26, Nevada wins.
Up next for Nevada is a four-match road swing that begins on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6 pm against San José State before heading to take on Air Force next Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon.