Nevada Bested by Bulldogs in Fresno
Nov. 1, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. – The University of Nevada volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-16) to the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday night.
Janelle Batista, Taylar Rothfuss and Kelly Chang led the Wolf Pack in the loss, which leaves Nevada at 4-20 (1-10 MW) through its first two dozen contests. Fresno State is 16-8 (7-3 MW) after the home-court win.
As a team, the Pack could not recover from falling in a close first set. In the first frame, Nevada had 12 kills, a high for any set in the match. With momentum rolling in the favor of the Bulldogs after they outlasted Nevada, the match ended in three sets and sent the Pack looking for a road-trip split at UNLV on Saturday night.
Batista had eight kills on 22 attacks and committed five errors. Rothfuss, starting at setter for the third-straight match, had 20 assists, six digs and two assisted blocks. Chang had 10 digs, one assist and her second kill of the season as a libero.
Bonnie Paul also had a good offensive night, recording seven kills while committing only two errors. Her .333 hitting percentage led all Nevada players with at least five attacks.
Nevada’s contest with UNLV, at 7 p.m. inside Cox Pavilion on Saturday, could be worth three points in the newly-created Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy. With a win, UNLV would clinch the three volleyball points, after defeating the Pack 3-2 in the first meeting between the two teams this year. A Pack victory would mean a split and 1.5 points to each team.