Wolf Pack sweeps Utah State to snap five-match losing skid

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RENO, Nev. - The Nevada volleyball team broke the recent skid with a three-set sweep over the Utah State Aggies on Thursday night. The Pack is now 15-8, 5-6 on the season and can put the Utah State series in the win column.

Nevada had several members shine offensively but Brianna Souza led the group with 16 kills and just two errors for a whopping .560 hitting percentage. Kili Robins was the other member of the Pack to hit double digit kills with 13. While Kayla Afoa had the majority of the digs on the night, Dalyn Burns had just about every assist, recording 43 in the match.

In the first set, Nevada and Utah State were knotted up a few different times with ties at the 11-11 and 13-13 mark to start the match off. It was a little rocky at first for the Pack as it tried to find a rhythm but once head coach Lee Nelson called timeout, down 17-14 to the Aggies, it was all Nevada. The team went on a 5-2 run to tie it up 19-19 and went on to take the lead on a kill from Afoa. The set ended on a 5-1 scoring run from the Pack, 25-20.

The Wolf Pack found the momentum early in the second set, going up 5-4 and rattling off six straight points to take the early lead on the Aggies, 11-4. A ball handling error was called on Utah State to keep the run going and it did not end until after the Aggies called a time out trailing, 16-4. A few more points went in the favor of Utah State but Nevada stayed right there not letting the 11 point lead alter for very long. With the score, 23-12, Souza tallied back-to-back kills and secured the second set win.

After the third set saw Nevada up 3-2, it never looked back; the Pack held the lead for the rest of the set. Utah State came within one point at several different moments in the set but Nevada always responded with two or more straight points to extend its lead once again. At the mark, 21-15 in favor of the Pack, Utah State called a timeout but it did not workout as Burns recorded a service ace the very next point. Ultimately, the Wolf Pack won the set, 25-18 and the match, 3-0.

Up next for Nevada is a matchup with Boise State in the Virginia Street Gym on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 am. Tickets are available online at nevadawolfpack.com for purchase.