Wolf Pack lose ninth straight match as UNLV wins in five

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Nevada volleyball team moves to 8-16, 1-12 on the season after falling to in-state rival UNLV in five sets. The set scores are as follows: 25-18, 23-25, 24-26, 25-17, 7-15 with Nevada winning the first and fourth sets to keep the match going.

Nevada had a balanced offensive game with five players have over five kills with two in double digits, Kayla Afoa and Sam Hayward. Sophomore Afoa had 15 kills on the night with Hayward notching 14 while carrying a .320 hitting percentage, best on the team. Mo Maluotoga recorded 21 digs while setters, Dalyn Burns and McKayla Wuensch split time and both picked up 20 plus assists.

On the defensive side, Hailey Maniglia and Shiloh Peleras put together four block assists to help the team to nine total, three more than UNLV.

The Pack came out of the locker room ready to fight. The first set saw Nevada leading, 15-10 at the media timeout and they continued to lead throughout. At one point the Pack was up 20-11 and forced a UNLV timeout that resulted in the Rebels taking the next four out of five points and bringing it 23-16. An Afoa kill sealed the set win, 25-18.

In the second set, Nevada rattled off the first four sets with three of them being aces from Burns. The team had a total of six aces in the set. After the set was tied at six different moments the Rebels secured the final point on a kill from Kate Brennen.

The third set was again a back and forth battle but the Rebels outhit the Pack, .237 to .167 and saw two more kills than Nevada, ultimately taking it 26-24.

Nevada stepped up in the fourth set, holding the Rebels to a negative hitting percentage, -.067. UNLV also saw six service errors to the three that Nevada had along with eight attack errors where the Pack only had four. With the Pack up 23-17, Maniglia laid down a huge kill and was followed by an Afoa kill to take the set, 25-17.

UNLV sported a .350 hitting percentage in the fifth and final set, its best of the evening while the Pack struggled to find the rhythm and was held to a sup 100 for the first time all night. The Rebels took the final set and the match, 3-2.