Nevada drops season opener 3-0 to Pacific
The University of Nevada(0-1) dropped its season opener to Pacific(1-0) by scores of 30-19, 30-28, and 30-28 at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. Friday night. After the season opener for both schools the Wolf Pack stand at 0-1 on the season while the Tigers are 1-0.
The opening game was tied eight times and there were four lead changes before Pacific won 30-19. The last tie came at eight all before the Tigers put together a 12-5 run to take control of the game. Pacific hit .417 in game one and held the Pack to a .105 attack percentage.
Game two went back and forth as there were 13 ties and eight lead changes before Pacific came out on top 30-28 to take the commanding 2-0 games advantage into the break. Nevada led 28-27 but the Tigers scored the final three points to win game two. The Pack improved their hitting to .132 but Pacific was still better at .194.
Nevada needed a win in game three to force a fourth game and it looked as if the Pack would hold on leading late 28-27. But just as in game two Pacific scored the final three points of the game to claim victory and take the match 3-0. The final game featured 16 ties and nine lead changes. The Wolf Pack had their best game of the night hitting .133 but Pacific hit .200 in the final game.
Seniors Teal Ericson and Karly Sipherd each had 12 kills to lead the Pack offense. Fellow senior Ashley Miller dished out 37 assists on the night. Freshman Nicole Link led Nevada with 11 digs which tied for match high honors.
Pacific put three players in double figures in kills led by Kara Uhl's 18 and Alexa Anderson was close behind with 17. Meagan MimMack tallied 10 kills in the match. Setter Shannon Krug finished with a match high 45 assists. Uhl had 11 digs to tie for match high honors and post a double-double in the first match of the season.
Pacific out hit Nevada .265 to .124 in the match. while both teams had seven blocks. Ericson, Sipherd, freshman Lindsay Baldwin, and sophomore Sage Aune each had three blocks to lead the Pack. Anderson, Johanna Hilbers, Masha Vaysburg, and MimMack had two blocks each for the Tigers.
The Pack return to action next weekend playing in the Asics Pepperdine Tournament in Malibu, Calif. Nevada takes on the host Waves on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Saturday the Wolf Pack play Arizona at noon and close out play versus Lipscomb at 5 p.m.