RENO, Nev. - After falling in the first two sets to the San José State, the Nevada volleyball rattled off three straight sets to win a five-set thriller in Virginia Street Gym. The Pack is now, 14-3 and 4-1 in conference play.
The last time Nevada came back from a 2-0 deficit was at the Virginia Street Gym in Sept. 2016 against Gonzaga, who the Pack beat earlier this season, 3-0. It was also the first three set comeback in conference since Oct. of 2014 when Nevada came back and beat Fresno State in Fresno, Calif.
Freshman Sydney Petersen and junior Kassie McGill were the only two Wolf Pack players to have double digit kills, Petersen with 11 and McGill with 10. Kayla Afoa was next with nine to her name. Ryan Blackwood ended with 16 digs while setter and senior Dalyn Burns recorded her eighth double-double posting 22 digs and 26 assists.
While the Spartans had better numbers across the board, the Pack came out on top. San José State took the first two sets rapidly, firing a .333 hitting percentage in the second set when they took it 25-18. Nevada was hitting a low of 0.91 heading into the intermission and came out on a mission.
In the third set, the Pack rattled off two 5-0 scoring runs to go up for the first big lead of the match, 15-8, before the Spartans called a timeout. Two scoring runs for San José State pulled them to within one, 17-16, before a 7-1 run from Nevada pulled the must-win set away from the Spartans.
Nevada started the fourth set off on a 6-1 lead after freshman, Andrea Alcaraz, fed Petersen a kill on the outside. The Pack had the largest lead at the 20-11 mark when Afoa had a service ace to go up even more to 21-11. McGill with back-to-back kills sealed the win of set four and forced a fifth and deciding set.
The fifth set was the closest played set on the night. The Spartans hit at a .310 while the Pack had an astounding .393. In the fifth set alone, Nevada only committed one error. San José State took the 5-3 lead early but a kill from McGill tied it up, 7-7. The Spartans had the lead, 8-7 at the switch but a kill from Camryn Rocha tied it back up 8-8. It was back-and-forth until Brianna Souza ended it with a tip roll for a kill, 15-13.
Now Nevada prepares for Air Force to come into the Virginia Street Gym on Thursday, Oct. 10th at 6 pm PT. The match will again be on Mountain West Network and be covered through social media @PackVB.