Nevada volleyball matches best start in program history; tops SDSU for first time under Nelson

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RENO, Nev. - Now matching the 2001 teams record at 11-3, the Nevada volleyball program picked up a big win over the San Diego Aztecs on Saturday afternoon. The Pack won in four sets, only dropping the third to SDSU.

The set scores were, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25 and finally 25-17. Kaila Spevak was the silent weapon needed to secure the win with seven service aces in the match, the most this season by a single Wolf Pack player and her new career high. The team as a whole had 11 in the match, a season high for Nevada.

Kayla Afoa led the Pack with 19 kills while Kili Robins recorded 12 of her own. Nevada, as an offense hit for a 25.8 percentage, holding San Diego State to 18.6 percent. Joining Robins and Afoa on the offensive front was Sydney Petersen with nine kills, Brianna Souza with seven and Kassie McGill with six.

In the first set, Nevada jumped out a 9-2 lead forcing SDSU to call timeout following an ace from Spevak. The Pack continued the roll and lead, 12-4 early on before the Aztecs went on a 4-0 run, cutting the lead, 12-8. A 7-1 scoring run for the Pack forced another SDSU timeout but the Nevada offense had the momentum and kept it until the end. Freshman Mandalay Rennon was responsible for the final point, a service ace, 25-22.

The second set was similar to the first as the Aztecs only lead was at the 0-1 and 1-2 point marks, early on. Souza had a kill at the 2-2 mark to put the Pack up 3-2, after that SDSU never regained the lead. The score was 21-11 at just over the midway mark when the Aztecs threatened, cutting the lead to five, 23-18, but a kill from McGill sealed it, 25-19.

San Diego State took the third set, out hitting Nevada .281 to .167 and recording four blocks. However the fourth and final set, the Pack hit at a 52 percent while the Aztecs were at a 25 percent. The last set was secured after a Dalyn Burns service ace and followed with a Robins kill, 25-20, Nevada.

Next up for the Pack is two road matches, at Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 pm and then at Utah State on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 am. The next time Nevada plays at Virginia Street Gym is Tuesday, Oct. 8 against the Spartans of San José State at 6 pm.