Nevada at Utah Invitational
Sept. 12, 2012
Week Four - Utah Classic (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- September 14, 9 a.m. vs Utah Valley University
- September 14, 6 p.m. at Utah
- September 15, 11 a.m. vs Cal Poly
This Week - Nevada returns to the road to face three opponents at the Utah Classic in Salt Lake City ... The Wolf Pack will meet Utah Valley University and Utah on Friday, followed by a meeting with Cal Poly on Saturday ... Utah Valley came from behind to take out the Fresno State Bulldogs 3-2 in its last match ... The Wolverines are led by a number of players, including McKenna Tait on offense and Lauren Stringham on defense ... Utah beat Bowling Green 3-0 in its last match ... They beat the Wolverines 3-0 earlier in the year ... Cal Poly has lost its last four matches, including a 3-0 decision to San Diego last time out.
This Week's Competition
Utah Valley University - 4-4 overall, 2-1 at the Fresno State Classic last week.
Utah - 7-4 overall, 1-2 at the BYU Invitational last week.
Cal Poly - 1-7 overall, 0-3 vs Notre Dame, USC and San Diego last week.
Last Week - The Wolf Pack dropped three matches at home, competing in the Wolf Pack Invitational at the Virginia Street Gym ... Tessa Lea'ea earned all-tournament honors for the third consecutive week ... Dana Holt had one of the best matches of her career against Cal State Fullerton in the tournament's first tilt ... She had 30 assists, eight digs and six kills from the setter position.
Continuing Trend - Two all-conference performers from a year ago, Lea'ea and Janelle Batista, picked up where they left off in 2011 in the Pack's first six contests ... Lea'ea was an all-newcomer honoree, while Batista was an all-second team selection in Nevada's final WAC season ... Lea'ea has been the only Nevada player to earn all-tournament honors in 2012, doing so in each of the Pack's first three events on her way to an even 100 kills.
Immediate Impact - Kara Kasser, a freshman from Brea, Calif. (Brea Olinda HS) has made her mark on the 2012 Wolf Pack. The defensive specialist leads Nevada with 123 digs in 33 sets. Her average of 3.73 per set leads the team. She is the only Nevada player with a dig-per-set average above three.
Holt New Direction - Junior setter Dana Holt is getting her first crack at running the offense in 2012 and is doing so in fine form. She has 270 assists in 33 sets for an average of 8.18 per set and a .297 set percentage. That is up from .290 a week ago.
New Conference - Nevada will compete with eight teams in the Mountain West in 2012, after competing in the Western Athletic Conference for the final time during the 2011 season.
Second Time Around - Second-year head coach Ruth Lawanson has incorporated five freshmen into an experienced roster in 2012.
Time at Home - The 2012 season will feature 12 home matches for the Wolf Pack, including the three in the Wolf Pack Invitational last weekend. Nevada fell 3-1 to Cal State Fullerton (25-20,25-17,18-25,25-12), 3-0 to Washington State (25-10,25-11,25-23) and 3-1 to Cal State Bakersfield (25-21,20-25,25-23,26-24).
A Look at Every Team - This season's Mountain West home slate will feature each team within the conference making an appearance in the Virginia Street Gym. With the home-and-home format in place, fans will be able to see all of Nevada's conference opponents in Reno.
Career Marks - A number of Nevada players are in a position to achieve career milestones before the season is out.
- Grace Anxo - 4 digs from 400 (396)
- 76 kills from 400 (324)
- Janelle Batista - 44 kills from 600 (556)
- Kelly Chang - 6 assists from 150 (144)
- 83 digs from 900 (817)
- Elissa Ji - 24 digs from 500 (476)
- Tessa Lea'ea - 3 kills from 500 (497)