The Nevada Wolf Pack volleyball team finished their season in San Diego tonight with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-23) loss to the San Diego State Aztecs. The Pack’s 12 wins are the most since 2010.
Sophomore Madison Foley led the team offensively with 11 kills while senior Sam Willoughby logged seven and senior Sommer King and junior Madison Morell each got six. Morell’s defense shone through, leading the team in digs with nine while serving two aces. Senior Kara Kasser put the ball down for three aces. The Pack’s seven conference wins ties for the most since 2010 when Nevada was still a part of the Western Athletic Conference.
The Pack hopped out to an early lead in the first set, leading by as much as 7-3. The Aztecs came back to tie it up 8-8 before taking the match 25-12.
Things got interesting in the second set when Nevada and SDSU hung tight almost the whole way through. Nevada lost a 15-11 lead when the Aztecs scored four straight, but the teams continued to trade points back-and-forth with a total of 13 ties and seven lead changes. However, after a kill by Foley to give Nevada a one-point lead, SDSU finished it out to take the second set 25-22.
The third set was just as close as the second, as the two teams exchanged a total of 12 ties and six lead changes. The Pack kept the competitive advantage, often breaking the ties. The pattern turned, however, when the Aztecs took a 21-20 lead late in the battle. Foley and Willoughby managed one more kill each in the set, but it wasn’t enough as the Aztecs finished it with a score of 25-23, taking the match 3-0.
The Pack won’t be back in action again until the fall of 2016, where head coach Lee Nelson will enter his second season with the Wolf Pack.