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Lea’ea an All-Tournament Selection, Nevada Falls 3-1

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Tessa Lea’ea earned her third consecutive all-tournament honor and led Nevada with 14 kills, but the Wolf Pack fell 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 24-26) to Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday in the final match of the Wolf Pack Invitational.

The loss dropped Nevada to 1-8, while CSUB improved to 2-4.

Nevada had three players with 10 or more kills and hit .137 as a team, the best percentage they posted in any match since the tournament began on Thursday night. The best individual hitting percentage of the night came from Bonnie Paul, who hit .286 and had 10 kills on 21 attacks.

The Pack was also strong at the net against the Roadrunners, posting 16.5 blocks to CSUB’s 9. Paul was a big part of Nevada’s success in that department as well, recording three solo blocks and three block assists.

Janelle Batista backed up a 10-kill night with a team leading six block assists.

Debora Araujo, who was also an all-tournament selection, led CSUB with 17 kills and hit .178.

Nevada will travel for its next match, taking on Utah Valley University at 9 a.m. on September 14. It will be the first of three matches for the Pack at the Utah Classic in Salt Lake City.

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