Nevada volleyball back even in conference play after win against Air Force

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USFA ACADEMY, Colo. - The Nevada volleyball program is now 17-9, 7-7 on the year after picking up a three-set win over the Falcons of Air Force at the academy. The set scores were: 25-20, 25-20 and 25-23.

Kayla Afoa and Brianna Souza lead the Pack with 10 kills each while Kili Robins had nine, Kassie McGill had seven and Sydney Petersen had five. Nevada tallied a .255 hitting percentage along with a .387 kill percentage in the match while holding the Falcons to .155 hitting and .371 kill percentage. Ryan Blackwood, Kaila Spevak and Afoa all recorded a single service ace in the match as well.

Defense was key in the match as the Pack out blocked the Falcons, 8-4 with Petersen leading the way with five assists by herself. Robins recorded a solo block along with an assist on the afternoon. Spevak led with 16 digs, averaging about five per set in the match with Mandalay Rennon right behind her with seven.

In the first set the Pack jumped out to a 6-3 lead but it was short lived as the Falcons tied it up, 6-6. With Nevada up again, this time by five, 12-7, Air Force called a timeout. Following the timeout, the Falcons went on a 4-1 run to pull within two, 13-11, Nevada. The Pack however did not waver and pulled ahead 17-12 forcing another Air Force timeout but it was a little too late as Nevada stayed on a roll to close it out, 25-20.

The second set was similar in that Nevada never trailed but it was much more dominate as the Pack was up by as many as nine points at the 21-12 mark. Air Force was not going to roll over though as the Falcons rattled off four straight points, forcing Nevada to call a timeout. It was good timing because Petersen hammered a kill the very first point out of the timeout. A couple of attack errors on the Falcons gave the Pack the win, 25-20.

A back-and-forth set was what the third set was, as Air Force took the lead out of the gates, 4-1 but another Petersen kill and an attack error from the Falcons kept Nevada within reach. Fast forward to the middle of the set, an ace from Blackwood followed by a kill from Afoa and its tied up, 16-16. The score was tied at the 17-17 mark and again at the 20-20 mark after another attack error from the Falcons, Air Force called timeout. The match got tied up again at the 23-23 mark before an Afoa service ace and a kill from Souza sealed it, 25-23.

Up next for the Pack is two more road matches beginning with UNLV on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm before heading to New Mexico on Saturday for a noon match. Live stats and stream will be available.