Ericson plays final college match
Nevada senior Teal Ericson of Tahoe City recorded 31 kills during the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament this past week to move into third place on the Wolf Pack all-time kills list.
After defeating Idaho 3-1 on Thursday, fourth-seeded Nevada (16-11) lost in three games, 30-27, 30-28, 30-21, to top-seeded and 11th-ranked Hawaii (23-5) the following day. The loss marked the fifth time in seven seasons that Hawaii has knocked the Pack out of the conference tournament.
Ericson, a 2004 North Tahoe grad, entered the postseason tournament three kills behind Michelle More’s (1999-2002) career total of 1,512. Ericson had 21 kills against Idaho and 10 against Hawaii to bring her career total to 1,540.
“I grew up watching Michelle More play volleyball, so it’s very gratifying,” Ericson said last week as she waited for her flight to Las Cruces, N.M, where the WAC Tournament was held. “It’s not so much about the records, but it is nice to get recognition like that. It’s always nice.”
Against Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors scored the first four points and led by as many as seven points before Nevada fought back to close the gap to three. But it was as close as the Pack would come to victory. Nevada senior Karly Sipherd led the team with seven kills and freshman Lindsay Baldwin contributed five.
The second game was tied nine times and had four lead changes. Ericson, Sipherd and Baldwin each had four kills apiece for Nevada.
Ericson topped the Pack with four kills in the final game, but it wasn’t enough, as Nevada fell 30-21 after giving up four straight points to start the game.
Nevada defeated fourth-seeded Idaho, 30-22, 31-33, 30-16, 30-28, in the opening match.
Ericson and Sipherd led the Pack in Game 1, which Nevada trailed much of the time before taking the lead at 20-19 and closing with a 10-3 run.
Game 2 was back and fourth before the Vandals won. Ericson and Sipherd both had four kills.
Nevada used a 4-0 run to break an early 5-5 tie and never trailed in winning the third game 30-16. Ericson’s fifth kill of the game scored the Pack’s final point. There were seven ties and five lead changes in Game 4 before the Pack pulled away.
In Game 5, Sipherd led Nevada with 22 kills, and Ericson was close behind with 21.
The Western Athletic Conference 2007 postseason award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced this past weekend. Nevada placed two players on the first team ” seniors Ericson and Karly Sipherd. Ericson had been named to the All-WAC second-team each of the last two seasons while Sipherd was on the second-team the previous three years.
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