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Nevada volleyball stays hot, sweeps at tournament in Illinois

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The Nevada volleyball team went 3-0 at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational.

The Nevada volleyball team continued its success on Saturday morning with a 3-0 sweep over the Northern Kentucky Norse to conclude the Holiday Inn Express Invitational. The Pack took the three sets 25-16, 25-22, 28-26, moves to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 in neutral matches.

Over the weekend the popular name was Kayla Afoa, and she did not disappoint in the final match. The sophomore recorded yet another double-double, her third of the weekend with 14 kills and 16 digs. Afoa totaled 48 kills in the three matches giving her a 4.36 kill per set average.

Dalyn Burns, the junior setter, tallied her third double-double on the season putting up 38 assists and 17 digs for her name.

This weekend marked the first time the Pack met with Virginia and with Northern Kentucky.

“We did a great job of competing this weekend against three solid teams,” said head coach Lee Nelson. “We also made huge strides in embracing our identity of trying to play harder, smarter, quicker. Our defense was very good and created a lot of point opportunities for us in transition.”

Nevada took the offensive charge from the beginning in set one. The team hit a .286 while holding Northern Kentucky to just .027. In the second set the Norse challenged the Pack up front but four Nevada players with a minimum of three kills helped edge out NKU.

The third set was a battle of its own. The Norse jumped out to an early lead, 4-1, but sophomore Sam Hayward and redshirt freshman Hailey Maniglia both stepped up towards the end with Maniglia recording the final kill and the sweep for Nevada.

“We have a lot to work on still but the effort and focus was great,” said Nelson.

Next on the calendar for the Pack is the Sacramento State Tournament taking place Sept. 7 and 8. Nevada will play host school Sacramento State on Friday at 7 p.m. PT before playing Seattle and UC Riverside on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT.

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