Wolf Pack volleyball off to best start in nearly 20 years

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RENO, Nev. - With one week of conference play under the belt, the Nevada volleyball team hits the road for two road matches. The Pack meets the Broncos of Boise State on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 pm PT before traveling to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 am PT.

Both matches can be viewed on the Mountain West Network along with live stats through nevadawolfpack.com and updates on twitter using @PackVB.

Last week, Nevada finished up 1-1 taking the Saturday match against San Diego State after falling to Fresno State on Thursday of the same week. The Pack dropped straight sets to the Bulldogs but bounced back and took three of four sets against the Aztecs. The win over SDSU was the first of head coach Lee Nelson's career at Nevada and marked the first time the Pack beat the Aztecs since 2014.

Following the win over SDSU, the Pack moved to 11-3, 1-1; matching the 2001 team overall record.

Nevada's defense continues to prove itself, match after match, and the numbers do not lie when it comes to it. The Pack currently leads the conference as a team in digs with 875 and second in total blocks (behind #16 Colorado State) with 131.0. Individually, middle blocker, Sydney Petersen leads the Mountain West in total blocks with 75.

Offensively the Pack features senior, outside hitter Kayla Afoa who not only leads the team but is second in the conference with 195 kills and 228 points scored. Another threat Nevada has leaned on is setter, Dalyn Burns. The senior just moved into sole possession of seventh place in all-time career assists. Currently, Burns has 547 assists on the year, good for first in the Mountain West.

The team will first be tested against a good Boise State team who is led by head coach Shawn Garus, in his 11th season at the helm on Thursday, Oct. 3. The Broncos (10-3, 2-0) showcase this past week's Mountain West Offensive and Defensive athlete of the week in Janell Walley and Jessica Donahue. On Saturday, the Pack meets with Utah State (0-14, 0-2), coached by Grayson DuBose in his 14th season.

Following these two matches, Nevada returns to the Virginia Street Gym for a four match home-stand beginning with San José State on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6pm.