Aztecs were led by Erin Gilchrist's eight kills
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February 27, 2021 (San Diego) - The Aztec volleyball team (3-5, 3-5 MW) fell to Nevada (3-5, 3-5 MW) 3-0 (21-25, 22-25, 13-25) Saturday afternoon on Aztec Court at Peterson Gym.
The Aztecs were led by Erin Gilchrist’s eight kills while Heipua Tautua’a added seven. Alexis Durand had a match-high 10 digs and Ashley Vanderpan collected 15 assists.
SDSU was outhit by the Wolf Pack .293 to .080 and trailed in team blocks 14.0 to 5.0.
The Aztecs had their highest hit percentage in the first set (.226), knocking down 12 kills on 31 swings with five miscues, but saw Nevada record a .381 hit percentage with just three errors.
SDSU fell behind 4-1 early in the first set and trailed until taking a 15-14 lead. Nevada then responded with a 6-1 run and wouldn’t relinquish the lead again.
In the second set, the Aztecs dug themselves into a hole, falling behind 11-3 and 16-6 before going on a 10-3 run to bring the score to 19-16 Nevada. SDSU pulled within one point, trailing 23-22 before the Wolf Pack were able to score the final two points.
SDSU struggled in the third and final set, mustering just four kills while committing eight errors.
Nevada had a balanced attack with five players recording six or seven kills. Briana Souza had seven kills and just one error and a .429 hit percentage along with seven blocks. Sydney Petersen also had seven kills and seven blocks. Andrea Alcaraz notched 26 assists.
The Aztecs will be back in action next weekend when they play at Wyoming Friday and Saturday.