The University of Nevada fell 3-0 (18-25, 21-25, 15-25) to Cal State Fullerton on Friday, playing in its first match at the Lone Star Showdown hosted by Texas Tech.
The Wolf Pack fell to 1-6 with the loss, while Cal State Fullerton improved to 6-2 with the win.
Kara Kasser had a season high 13 digs, followed closely by Grace Anxo at 12. The defensive play of Nevada kept the match close, especially in game two, where Nevada collected 21 points. At the net, Nevada had 8.5 blocks, led by Anxo with 2.5 (one solo, three assisted).
Tessa Lea'ea led the Pack with nine kills on 24 attempts. Her hitting percentage for the day was .292, as she committed only two errors. While Lea'ea had a good positive percentage, it was not the best among Pack players. Sam Willoughby hit .312, with seven kills in 16 chances. She also committed only two errors.
The pair is now first and second in kills among Nevada players this season, with Lea'ea at 63 and Willoughby at 56.
The University of Nevada volleyball team fell 3-0 (18-25, 22-25, 21-25) to the Red Raiders of Texas Tech on Friday night.
The Wolf Pack fell to 1-7 with the loss, while Texas Tech evened its record at 6-6 with the win.
Nevada was again paced on offense by Sam Willoughby and Tessa Lea'ea down the middle. Willoughby ended the night with 10 kills, while Lea'ea closed the match with nine. On defense, Willoughby was strong at the net, coming up with three blocks (one solo, four assisted).
The Red Raiders did a good job of keeping the ball away from libero Kara Kasser during the first two games, but she broke out in game three with six digs and ended the contest with 12, the most of any Nevada player. The sophomore defensive specialist from a year ago has taken over libero duties during the 2013 season.
The Pack committed 24 hitting errors, giving valuable points to Texas Tech in a match that featured two very close games. Nevada's final line on offense was 30 kills on 117 attacks, 24 errors and a hitting percentage of .051.
Freshman defensive specialist Madison Thorpe saw her second action of the season after sitting out the first two weekends. She had four digs a match ago, but stepped it up on Friday night and finished the night with nine. She did not commit a receiving error.
Nevada will conclude the Lone Star Showdown with a 9:30 a.m. match against Montana on Saturday.