Pack Fights to Final Point, Falls to WSU

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada volleyball team fell 3-0 to Washington State on Friday at the Virginia Street Gym.

The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 1-7, while Washington State improved to 6-2 and won its second game in as many days at the Wolf Pack Invitational.

Nevada competed hard in the third set, falling by only two points and pushing WSU to the limit. The Pack had 12 of its 20 kills in the final set and hit .083 for its best percentage in any set. Clawing back from five points down and trading blows until the scoreboard said 24-23 in favor of the Cougars, Nevada saw the final point of the match come on a ball that clipped the net and popped up into the air, finding the floor before any Nevada player could get a hand to it.

The Pack was paced by a group of players throughout the match.

Six players recorded at least two kills, as Nevada was again led by Tessa Lea’ea in the attacking statistics. She had seven kills on Friday night in 27 attempts. As a group, the Pack had a difficult time staying away from attacking errors, missing 21 times in the match.

The Pack had 29 digs, 17 assists and seven blocks as a group. Three players, Janelle Batista, Grace Anxo and Dana Holt, recorded at least one block solo.

Nevada will close out the Wolf Pack Invitational on Saturday night, taking on CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Street Gym.