LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women’s volleyball lost 3-1 to Nevada on Thursday night as the Aggies celebrated their seniors prior to their final home match on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center. All four seniors, middle Carly Lenzen, right side Kayla DeCoursey and outsides Rachel Gale-Hammond and Lauren Anderson, had an impact on the match as Utah State moved to 15-14 on the year and 7-10 in league play.
Anderson led all player with 22 kills, finishing one shy of her career high, and added 12 digs for her 11th double-double of the season and 12th of her career. DeCoursey and Gale-Hammond each logged double-digit digs, finishing with 11 apiece, trailing only junior libero Tasia Taylor with a match-high 17. Taylor brought her season dig total to 502 and will need just eight more digs in the final match of the season to finish as high as fourth in a single season in USU history.
Lenzen, although out with a season-ending injury, appeared in the starting lineup and served the opening ball and Anderson was able to record a kill in transition, giving the Aggies the 1-0 lead in the first set. Lenzen was then replaced in the lineup by freshman middle Bailey Downing and play continued. Utah State came back from a 9-6 deficit in the frame with a five-point run, taking an 11-9 lead behind Downing’s performance that included a pair of kills and blocks alongside Anderson and junior setter Kassidy Johnson. The Aggies continued to lead as late as 18-16, but Nevada came back down the stretch and closed the set on a 9-1 run to take a 25-19 victory.
Utah State bounced back in the second set and hit a blistering .516 with 16 kills on 31 attempts and no errors. The hitting allowed the Aggies to put together points in bunches, including three-point, and four-point runs. Anderson punctuated the set for the home side with back-to-back kills, giving USU the 25-17 victory.
The final two sets were neck-and-neck as the teams played through a combined 26 ties and eight lead changes. Nevada used a three-point run in the middle of the third set to break a 12-12 tie and take a 15-12 lead, but Utah State was able to battle back late to tie the frame at 22-22. The match was tied again two points later at 23-23, but the Wolf Pack were able to string a pair of points together behind kills by their middles to take the set, 25-23.
The Aggies used another late comeback in the fourth set to recover from a 21-19 hole and tie the match at 21-21 behind a Nevada attacking error and Anderson kill. The teams then played through ties at 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 25-25 and even 26-26 before attacking errors by Utah State ultimately gave Nevada the match, 28-26.
Nevada middles combined for 32 of the Wolf Pack’s 64 total kills, led by redshirt junior middle Peighton De Von with 20, hitting a match-high .562 (20-2-32). Overall, Nevada hit .265 (64-21-162) to Utah State’s .243 (57-22-144), but made their difference on the block, logging 10.0 to the Aggies’ 4.0.
“It was a pretty evenly played match,” head coach Grayson DuBose said at the end of the night. “Kills were close, aces were close, but the only thing that was a big deal was blocks. It was a good match, well-played by both sides. They played hard and we played hard.”
Utah State will close out its regular season on Saturday, traveling to San José State and facing the Spartans at 3 p.m. (MT).
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