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Nevada volleyball wins first home match of the season against Sac State

Nevada volleyball wins first home match of the season against Sac State

Nevada volleyball picks up win in the home opener against Sacramento State on the first day of the Nevada Classic tournament this Thursday evening. The Pack won first set in 25-19, set three in 25-16, and set four in 25-22, while the Hornets won set two in 25-23.

Freshman Sia Liilii, sophomore Reka Monteleone, and junior Sydney Petersen all scored double digits in kills, while junior Andrea Alcaraz had 29 assists and freshman Sophie Mangold finish the match with 19 assists. Going along with her 16 kills, Monteleone had 2 block assists, while Petersen had seven and together with Liilii, closed the match with 10 kills. Kaila Spevak led the Pack defense with 17 digs, followed by Liilii with 11 digs.

Nevada took control of the set right away, scoring 10-5 on the first set, forcing Sacramento State to call a timeout. The Pack had a great offense hitting 13 kills combined with great defense as a team as well. The set was closed with a kill by Petersen, who together with Monteleone led the Pack in the set with four kills. Leading the defense was sophomore Liilii with four digs.

On a close-set, the Hornets were able to find their momentum, controlling the set from the beginning. The Pack was able to find its rhythm by tying the game in 18-18, but on the final stretch, the team was not able to convert the score, finishing the set in 25-23 to Sacramento State. Leading the Pack was Monteleone with five kills.

Going on to the third set, Nevada had the control of the set after a three-point run, that the Hornets were not able to pull it through. The Pack had a great defensive game with 14 digs as a team, with Spevak leading the team with eight digs. A ball-handling error by the Hornets, closed the set 25-16 for the Pack.

Continuing the momentum, the Pack made a five-score run at the beginning of the set, with a sequence of blocks by senior Kyla Waiters and junior Petersen. Nevada had the match point 24-17. The Hornets were able to get close in 25-22, but a kill by Monteleone closed the match for the Pack.

The Nevada volleyball team will be back at the Virginia Street Gym this Saturday at 2 p.m. for a match against CSUN. Fans can purchase their tickets online. Live stream and live stats are available at the Mountain West, and the Nevada Wolf Pack website.

Fans are also able to follow the matches updates on the volleyball team Twitter @PackVB, and on Instagram @nevada_volleyball

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