Nevada Concludes Regular Season at San Diego State
Nov. 19, 2012
- Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at San Diego State- (San Diego, Calif., Peterson Gym)
This Week - The 14th-and-final week of the 2012 regular season will see the Wolf Pack, 4-24 (1-14 MW) meet the San Diego State Aztecs, 22-7 (12-3 MW) in a road match ... Nevada beat SDSU 3-2 (16-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) on September 22 inside the Virginia Street Gym ... San Diego State is currently riding a 11-match winning streak and defeated New Mexico 3-0 in its last match ... The victory came on the road on Saturday ... This will not only be the final match of the regular season for the Pack, but for the Aztecs as well ... Nevada will try to spoil SDSU’s chances at a conference title by beating the Aztecs for the second time this year ... A win for SDSU would assure it at least a share of the conference crown with fellow contender Colorado State, 20-7 (12-3 MW).
Last Week - Nevada met New Mexico in its only contest of the week, falling 3-0 (19-25, 19-25, 18-25) to the Lobos in Albuquerque ... The match was the second ever between the two schools, with Nevada now 0-2 against UNM all time ... Chantale Riddle led all players with 19 kills, three more than she had in the first meeting... Tessa Lea’ea led all Nevada players with 10 kills and four total blocks. ... Taylar Rothfuss had 26 assists ... Kelly Chang had nine digs to lead the Pack, while Kara Kasser added eight.
All-Conference Again? - In 2012, Lea’ea has made a strong case to be honored as an all-conference selection for the second time in her young career … The Stockton, Calif. native leads the Wolf Pack in kills (326), kills/set (3.13), hitting percentage (.258), solo blocks (24), total blocks (139) and points (407.5) … Each category marks a career high for Lea’ea … At the conference level, she ranks inside the top-10 in eight separate categories, including leading all players in solo blocks at 24 … That number is five ahead of Madeline Westman of UNLV … Overall, Lea’ea is fourth in total blocks and fourth in blocks per set.
Contributions - Junior Grace Anxo, sophomore Bonnie Paul, and seniors Kelly Chang and Elissa Ji have all chipped in to help the Pack this season ... Anxo has started each match ... She has 195 digs, 176 kills and 37 total blocks ... Paul has 156 kills, 43 total blocks and 17 service aces in 92 sets ... Chang earned all-tournament libero honors at the Utah Classic and has 292 digs in 100 sets ... Ji has 57 kills, 17 assists, 10 service aces, 154 digs and 10 total blocks.
Three’s Company - Nevada has had at least three players record 10 kills six times this season, most recently against Air Force last Saturday, when Lea’ea (19), Batista (19) and Anxo (10) hit double digits ... The other matches have been ... vs. UNLV on Oct. 4 - Lea’ea (16), Batista (14), Bonnie Paul (12) and Anxo (11) ... vs. Wyoming on Sept. 29 - Lea’ea (18), Batista (14) and Anxo (10) ... vs. CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 8 -- Lea’ea (14), Batista (10) and Paul (10) -- ... vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 -- Lea’ea (21), Batista (15) and Anxo (12) -- ... vs. San Diego State on Sept. 22 -- Batista (16), Lea’ea (15) and Anxo (10).
300 - With 27 kills two weeks ago, Lea’ea became the first Nevada player to crack the 300-kill mark this season. She is the first Nevada player to do so since Kylie Harrington and Lindsey Baldwin did so in 2010. That season, Harrington had 382 and Baldwin had 329. Coming into Nevada’s match with UNM, she had 316, adding 10 more against the Lobos.
Team Highs - As a team, Nevada’s match highs for the season are ... 67 kills vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... a .256 attack percentage vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... 185 attempts on Oct. 4 vs. UNLV ... 62 assists vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 19 ... 75 digs vs. UNLV on Oct. 4 and Wyoming on Sept. 24 ... 14 aces vs. Tulane on Aug. 24 ... 17.5 blocks vs. Wyoming on Sept. 29.