Ericson three kills shy of milestone entering WAC Tourney |

Ericson three kills shy of milestone entering WAC Tourney

Courtesy University of Nevada, RenoTeal Ericson, a Nevada senior and 2004 North Tahoe grad, will compete for the final time in a Wolf Pack uniform at the WAC Tournament starting Thursday. She needs three kills to move into third place on Nevada's all-time list.

Nevada senior outside hitter Teal Ericson of Tahoe City enters today’s WAC Tournament at New Mexico State just three kills behind Michelle More’s (1999-02) total of 1,512 for third place on Nevada’s all-time list.

Ericson, a 2004 North Tahoe grad, had 47 kills in last week’s two matches to bring her career total to 1,509. She should pass More today against Idaho in the first round of the WAC Tournament in Las Cruses, N.M.

Asked by phone about the accomplishment as she waited in the Reno airport Wednesday, Ericson said she was unaware of the approaching milestone.

“I grew up watching Michelle More play volleyball, so it’s very gratifying,” Ericson said. “It’s not so much about the records, but it is nice to get recognition like that. It’s always nice.”

On Senior Night versus San Jose State on Nov. 3, Ericson totaled 30 kills, which is one off her career-high of 31 set earlier this season against Hofstra. The 31 is tied with More for the second-best total in a match by a Pack player, and the 30 is tied for the fourth-best total in school history. She also ranks second with 1,620.5 career points.

About suiting up for the last time in a Nevada uniform, Ericson said the experience will be “very bittersweat,” as she has spent the better part of the past eight years playing volleyball. But while she will miss the competition, she said she’s excited about the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain.

After falling 3-1 at Utah State last week, the Nevada volleyball team will enter the 2007 Western Athletic Conference today as the fourth seed.-

The Pack (15-10 overall, 10-6 WAC) play fifth-seeded Idaho in the second match of the day today at noon (Mountain time) in Las Cruces, N.M.

Last year the Pack was also the fourth seed and lost 3-1 to San Jose State in the first round of the tournament. It marked the first time that the Pack lost in the opening round of the WAC Tournament.

Nevada is 7-6 in WAC Tournament play and reached the title match in 2002 and 2004, falling both years to Hawaii.-

In the first match on Thursday, No. 8 Fresno State takes on No. 9 Louisiana Tech at 9:30 a.m., with the winner advancing to play Hawaii, the top seed, at 2:30 p.m. Match 4 is No. 3 Utah State versus No. 6 San Jose State at 5 p.m., followed by host New Mexico State, the second seed, versus seventh-seeded Fresno State at 7:30 p.m.

Position: Outside hitter

Height: 6-0

Year: Senior

2007 cumulative stats: 437 kills, 61 blocks, 471.5 points, 91 games played

2007 averages: 4.8 kills per game, .235 attack percentage, .67 blocks per game

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