Rebels Swamped By Gators
Aug. 28, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebel volleyball team (0-1) suffered a 3-0 (16-25, 23-25, 19-25) setback to the #8 Florida Gators (1-0) Friday evening in the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. The Rebels were paced by seven kills apiece by Samantha Noland and Cursty Jackson, while Erin Greenwood led the team with a .455 hitting efficiency.
Coincidentally, the Rebels last defeat came to the hands of the Gators when they played in Las Vegas to end the 2008 regular season.
Florida out-hit UNLV by a .344 to .100 margin. The Rebels connected on 25 kills to 18 errors in 70 attempts, while the Gators racked up 47 kills and 16 errors in 90 swings. UNLV's best set came in the second where they hit .250, the first and third frames witnessed them tallied less than .087. Florida, on the other hand, hit no less than .250 in any set, while topping out at .458 in the first.
The Rebels kept things close to open the match, but slowly watched as the Gators built up a one-point lead at the 9-8 juncture before seeing the edge increase to half a dozen on a couple of occasions. Ultimately, Florida wound up topping out at nine points, 25-16.
UNLV got things going in the second stanza, as they broke a 2-2 tie by winning five of the set's next six points. Florida knotted things up at 14-14 before staking to four different three-point cushions. The Gators held a 24-20 edge at set point, but had to wait as the Rebels won three in a row before a called timeout by the home squad. Florida used the break wisely and scored the winning point for a 25-23 set victory.
The third began much like the second, in that UNLV owned a 4-1 advantage before Florida's rally. The Gators knotted up the score at 4-4 and never looked back en route to a 25-19 win.
Noland and Jackson were the top hitters for UNLV with their seven kills apiece. Noland hit at a .417 clip with only two errors in 12 attempts. Jackson hit .222 with three errors in 18 swings.
Greenwood added five assisted blocks to go with her .455 team-leading hitting figure.
Florida got a double-double from Kelly Murphy, as she paired a match-high 12 kills with 16 assists. Kristy Jaeckel tied Murphy in the kill department, but one-upped her teammate with her .647 hitting efficiency. Colleen Ward rounded out the trio of double-digit hitters with 10 kills of her own.
Brynja Rodgers split time with Murphy setting to her teammates and tallied a match-high 21 helpers.
Elyse Cusack topped all defenders with 11 digs.
UNLV is back in action tomorrow afternoon with a match against the Valparaiso Crusaders (0-1), who lost their first match of the season to the Colorado Buffaloes earlier Friday evening.