RENO, Nev. - The Nevada volleyball team falls to 17-12, 7-10 on the season after coming up short against the Wyoming Cowgirls on Thursday evening. The match went to five-sets after Nevada won the first two sets but dropped the next two to force a fifth where the Cowgirls sealed the win.
Kayla Afoa tallied her 16th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 17 digs while Dalyn Burns recorded her 14th with 26 assists and 18 digs. Sydney Petersen was not far behind in kills with 11 and led the team with six blocks while Kassie McGill had three block assists.
The first two sets were all Nevada as the Pack came out rolling. In the first set, Nevada kept the Cowgirls to a .094 hitting percentage while rattling off three aces and two blocks. The second set saw the Wolf Pack hit its highest percentage in the match at a .250 along with four blocks. The Pack won the first point in each of the first three sets courtesy of Petersen.
Nevada held the momentum in the first two sets along with the lead of the entirety of each before the midpoint of the third set when the Cowgirls took the lead, 9-8 and did not look back. Nevada took back the lead right before the media timeout, 15-14 but again Wyoming came back with an 8-0 run to go up, 22-15. The Cowgirls then won the next four out of seven points for the win, 25-19.
The fourth set was all Wyoming as the Cowgirls won the first point and went up 4-3 and never lost the lead. The team extended their lead, 14-9 before Nevada called a timeout. The Pack battled back after a Mandalay Rennon ace cut the Cowgirl lead to two points, 16-14 forcing Wyoming to call timeout. The Cowgirls went on a 5-1 run to take back the extended lead and won the set, 25-18.
With Wyoming winning the third and fourth sets, it forced a fifth and final set. The Cowgirls took the early lead and maintained it during the switch, 8-3 before Nevada won the next two points but Wyoming rattled off four more points to win it, 15-7.
Next up for the Pack is its final match of the season. Nevada hosts No. 11 Colorado State on Saturday at noon with senior day recognition happening after the match.