Golden Bears Upset By Wolf Pack
Sept. 16, 2005
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (3-5) rallied to defeat 21st-ranked Cal (5-2) 3-2 on Friday night in the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational being played at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. The Pack were down two games to one but took the fourth game 30-23, and the deciding fifth game 16-14. With the victory the Wolf Pack are now 3-5 on the season while Cal dropped to 5-2.
With the win the Pack are 1-0 in the tournament and the Golden Bears stand at 0-1. In the first match of the tournament Montana State (6-5) defeated Akron (5-5) 3-1.
Nevada won despite losing starting setter Tristin Johnson in the first game. Johnson injured her knee and was replaced by Golden West Junior College transfer Ashley Miller who finished the night with a career high 60 assists. The back-and-forth match was tied 52 times and there were 23 lead changes.
Cal led the deciding fifth game most of the way but the Pack broke an 11-11 and went ahead for the first time 12-11 after Miller recorded a kill. The two teams were knotted at 14-14 before Nevada scored the final two points to take the game 16-14 and the match 3-2. Carly Sorensen broke the tie with a kill and an attack error on a serve by Sorensen gave the Pack the needed two-point victory. The final game was tied eight times and there was just the one lead change at 12-11. Nevada hit .478 and the Golden Bears .407 in the final game.
The Wolf Pack won a very tight first game that featured 16 ties and 11 lead changes 35-33. The close game was reflected in the statistics as both teams hit .278. Nevada had 17 kills while the Golden Bears tallied 18 kills in game one.
Game two was another close contest that was tied 12 times and there were five lead changes. The last tie came at 24-24 before the Golden Bears scored the next three points and never trailed in winning 30-27. Cal hit .171 in game two and Nevada just .118.
Nevada needed a victory in game four to force a fifth game and that's just what the got downing Cal 30-23. A 5-0 Pack run broke a 13-13 tie and they never looked back taking game four setting up the exciting fifth game in which they prevailed 16-14. The Wolf Pack hit .231 in game four and held Cal to a .108 attack percentage.
The win was the first five game match victory for the Pack this year after starting the season 0-2 in five gamers. The win was also the first for Nevada over a ranked team this season in three attempts.
Sorensen and Teal Ericson led Nevada with 21 kills each in the match. For Ericson the 21 kills eclipsed her previous career high of 20 set last year. Salaia Salave`a, and Karly Sipherd tallied 18, and 10 kills respectively in the match. Salave`a posted her first career triple-double as she added 14 digs, and 10 blocks on the night. Seniors Christine Harms, and Lindsay Holda led the Pack with 19, and 11 digs respectively. Miller dished out 60 assists filling in for Johnson.
Pressey led Cal with a match high 25 kills and also had 10 digs to post a double-double. Morgan Beck finished with 14 kills while Powers, Jenna Brown, and Ellen Orchard all totaled 11 kills in the match. Libero Jillian Davis recorded a match high 27 digs on the night while setter Samantha Carter also had a match high with 65 assists.
The Pack held a slight hitting advantage .228 to .220 while Cal edged Nevada 16 to 15.5 in the blocking battle. Salave`a's 10 blocks was a season and match.