The Nevada Volleyball team began their Mountain West Conference campaign this past week by facing off against the San Jose State Spartans last Tuesday and the Air Force Falcons last Thursday.
Below is a game-by-game recap of the week
VS. San Jose State
The Wolf Pack took on the visiting Spartans last Tuesday at the Virginia Street Gym. They were able to defeat them in four sets, 26-24, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16.
In the first set, the Wolf Pack countered an early run by San Jose State by running off five straight points to take an early 8-7 lead.
While the Wolf Pack was able to gain a little bit of separation in the middle part of the set, a Spartans 3-0 run tied the set at 18 apiece.
The two teams would go back and forth until kills by Ayla Fresenius and Shayla Hoeft helped give Nevada the first set.
The second set was also a back-and forth affair as the two teams were neck and neck heading down the stretch. Following a timeout by Lee Nelson and the score at 22-21 Nevada, the Wolf Pack found their killer instinct as Hoeft hit two straight kills followed by a service ace by freshman Kayla Afoa.
While the Wolf Pack dropped the third set, they left no doubt as they ran off a demoralizing 8-0 run in the fourth set to take the match.
“We’ve been pretty close on a lot of matches,” Nelson said. “We’ve got sets off good teams and we’ve had chances to win but we just haven’t closed it out and tonight we got off of that hump.”
VS. Air Force
In the second game of the week, the Wolf Pack traveled to meet the Air Force Falcons in their second conference game of the season.
The Wolf Pack won all three sets handily as they won 25-16, 25-16, 25-20.
Sophomore Peighton De Von led the way with 11 kills and two blocks. She is joined by Jamila Minor in double digit kills as she had 11 of her own.
Hoeft and Ayla Fresenius were critical in the front line as they combined for seven total blocks in the match.
Dalyn Burns, was solid on the night as she helped set up the Wolf Pack offense, as she orchestrated 30 kills.
The Wolf Pack will get a week off before they host games against Fresno State and San Diego State this week.