Aggies Overcome First Set Loss To Defeat Nevada 3-1

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team was dominated in the first set against Nevada falling 25-16 but regrouped to take the final three sets 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21 to notch their ninth consecutive victory over Nevada. With the victory the Aggies improve to 8-1 in conference play and 15-9 overall.

The Aggies got a match-high 23 kills from Kayleigh Giddens as she nearly posted her 12th double-double of the season recording nine digs. Setter Jennah DeVries posted her sixth double-double of the season finishing with 42 assists and 11 digs. DeVries also posted five kills in the match and had two service aces.

The Aggies led Nevada 4-3 early in the first set but a 6-0 run gave the Wolf Pack a 9-4 lead. The Aggies would trim the Wolf Pack lead to three points on several occasions, the last time coming at 16-13, hwoever, they would get no closer the remainder of the set. The Wolf Pack would go on a 3-0 run to push their lead to 19-13 and would outscore the Aggies to take the set 25-16. The Wolf Pack hit .286 in the match with 15 kills and five attack errors while the Aggies would hit .000 recording nine kills but also nine attack errors.

The Aggies would jump out to an early 8-4 lead forcing a Nevada timeout and would extend the lead out to seven points at 12-5. The Aggies would maintain a comfortable lead at 17-11, however, the Wolf Pack would rally winning five straight points to cut the Aggies' lead to 17-16. The Aggies would hold a 20-18 lead after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens, however, the Wolf Pack would answer with three points in a row to take a 21-20 lead forcing the Aggies to call a timeout. Nevada's Kylie Harrington would commit a crucial service error tying the set at 21 and the Aggies would get a kill by Desiree Scott and a block by Scott and Whitney Woods on an attack by Grace Anxo to take a 23-21 lead. A kill by Nevda's Erin Garvey would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 23-22 but the Aggies would get a kill by Whitney Woods and Lindsay Balwin would be called for a blocking error trying to block setter Jennah Devries giving the Aggies a 25-22 set two victory.

The third set saw the Aggies jump out quickly on the Wolf Pack 5-1 behind back-to-back kills by Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies would stretch their lead to eight points at 13-5 but once again Nevada would rally scoring seven of the next eight points to trim the Aggies' lead to just two at 14-12. The Aggies would respond by going on a 5-1 run to push their lead back to six points at 19-13 forcing a Nevada timeout. The Aggies would continue to hold their six point lead at 23-17 and would close out the set 25-20 as Nevada's Kylie Harrington would commit a service error.

As they did in the third set, the Aggies raced out to a quick lead going ahead 6-1 behind back-to-back kills from Kayleigh Giddens. The Wolf Pack would cut the Aggies' lead to two at 13-11 but the Aggies would again respond with a run to push their lead back out to five at 17-12. Nevada would make a small run cutting the Aggies' lead to three at 18-15 but the Aggies would go back up by six at 22-16. Nevada would make one final push cutting the Aggies' lead to 24-21 on a kill by Kylie Harrington but Kayleigh Giddens would close out the set and match with her 23rd kill giving the Aggies the 25-21 set victory and the 3-1 match victory.

The Aggies overcame 29 attack errors as they hit .175 on the match. Kayleigh Giddens' 23 kills let all players. Whitney Woods was the only other Aggie in double-figures in kills recording 10 kills and hitting .300 for the match. Kelsey Brennan added nine kills while Rocio Gutierrez added six kills but also had seven attack errors.

Kelsi Phillips had a team-high 17 digs while Ellen Miks and Jennah DeVries added 12 and 11 digs respectively.

The Aggies were able to survive a good hitting night from the Wolf Pack as they hit .239 with Lindsay Baldwin finishing with 13 kills and just three attack errors for a .385 hitting percentage. Kylie Harrington finished with 12 kills and hit .235 for the match while Erin Garvey finished with 10 kills and hit .269. Janelle Batista finished with seven kills for the Wolf Pack and hit .357. Nicole Link led all players with 19 digs.

The Aggies were outblocked 13-6 in the match but Giddens, Gutierrez and Woods each recorded solo blocks for the Aggies.

The Aggies will take on Utah State on Saturday night in Logan, UT with first serve scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT.