Senior Sommer King ended her final home match with a kill as the Nevada volleyball team topped San Jose State, 3-0, in front of 923 at the Virginia Street Gym on senior night Wednesday evening. Fellow seniors Sam Willoughby, Taylar Rothfuss and Kara Kasser each had productive nights for the Pack (12-17, 7-10 MW) in their final home match in the Silver and Blue.
Willoughby tallied five blocks, Rothfuss posted 29 assists and Kasser had eight digs and an ace. Junior Madison Morell was one kill shy of a double-double with nine kills and 11 digs. Nevada finishes the season with a 9-3 record at the Virginia Street Gym.
The Pack did work of the Spartans in the first set as it only lost the lead only twice. Nevada hit .333 as a team and out-served SJSU, 4-1. With the score tied at 5-5, junior Madison Thorpe tallied a service ace and the Spartans recorded errors on back-to-back possessions that created separation and gave Nevada an 8-5 lead. SJSU continued to hang around down only four at 16-12 but Nevada closed the set on a convincing 9-0 run to take the first set 25-12.
Morell racked up four kills and four services in the second and the Pack went 11-for-12 on sideouts. The only tied scores in the set was 1-1 and 2-2 before the Wolf Pack took a commanding lead in the set. Nevada only led by one, 6-5, but the Pack proceeded to rattle off six straight points that included three-straight aces from Morell. The Plano, Texas native’s four ace of the frame gave Nevada a 2-0 lead in the match after taking the set 25-11.
Down two in the third set, 15-13, an error followed by a kill from Rothfuss tied the score at 15-15. Three-straight SJSU errors extended the Pack lead to 18-15 and it would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the set. King’s kill clinched the sweep and the 25-19 third set win.
The Pack will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 24, when it travels to San Diego State for a match at 6 p.m.