RENO, NV - The Nevada volleyball swept day one at the Les Schwab Rose City Showdown, hosted by Portland State, after a 3-1 win over CSUN and a 3-0 win over Portland State. The Pack is now 6-2 on the season and just one win away from matching last years, 7-2 start to the season.
Nevada 3, CSUN 1
The Pack posted a .297 hitting percentage over the course of the match, while holding the Matadors to a .162. The team also combined for 11 blocks, another double digit match for the Pack and another five for the freshman Sydney Petersen and six for Brianna Souza.
Between Petersen, Souza holding the defense down in the first match, the offense thrived. Kayla Afoa had another double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs while Kili Robins (15) and Souza (7) helped out on the offensive side as well. Dalyn Burns got in on the action recording three service aces to go along with four blocks, tying her career high.
A 25-19 win in the first set, followed by a 25-15 win in the second, the match looked like it was going to be an easy three and out. However in the third set, CSUN pulled a 25-17 win over the Pack and left it to the fourth set to be decided. In the fourth and final set, the two teams kept it within one point until the Pack went on an 8-0 scoring run, thanks to kills from a multitude of members. The set ended on an attack error from CSUN, 25-16.
Nevada 3, Portland State 0
The evening set saw the Pack sweep the Viking in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-17 and 25-22. In the first set, Portland State got off to a early 3-0 lead but a series of 3-0 and 4-0 scoring runs from Nevada kept the Pack in the hunt. After the score was 16-11, Nevada, the Vikings never regained the lead.
Nevada had one of the best offensive sets in the second, hitting a 41.5 percent and held Portland State to a negative hitting percentage, -3.1 percentage. The Pack also never trailed in the set and a series of 4-0 scoring runs held the Vikings off until Kassie McGill got the final kill and ended the set, 25-17.
In the final set, it looked like it may go to four after Portland State hung around with more than six ties and four lead changes. However, when Nevada tied it up, 8-8, another 8-0 scoring run took place putting the Pack up, 15-7 but then the Vikings answered back and cut the lead, 19-17. A kill from Hailey Maniglia and Afoa secured the match, 3-0.
Tomorrow the tournament wraps up with a single match for Nevada, against Morgan State at 10:30 am PT. Live stats will be available with more information on nevadawolfpack.com.