Rebels Suffer Defeat In Season-Opening Match|
Aug. 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team suffered a tough 3-1 loss in its season opener to the Cal State Northridge Matadors Friday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels staked themselves to a 1-0 lead after they rallied to win the opening stanza. Unfortunately, the momentum swayed in CSUN's favor when the visitors won the following three sets for a 25-27, 25-18, 33-31, 25-21 victory to kick off the three-day UNLV Invitational.
UNLV hit for a .204 average in the match with 49 kills against 20 errors on a total of 142 swings. The Rebels, who hit .136 or better in all four sets, topped out at a .333 hitting efficiency in their opening frame. CSUN, on the other hand, hit .236 with 68 kills and 29 errors off 165 attempts. The Matadors' best effort was a .333 clip that came in set two.
The match was highlighted by 31 ties and 16 lead changes with the majority of both figures occurring in the first (15 and seven) and third (14 and seven) frames. The remaining sets only had two ties and two lead changes.
The two teams were separated by two points or less in set one until CSUN pushed out to a three-point advantage at the 23-20 juncture. UNLV chipped away at its deficit and staved off two set-point opportunities down to win three straight points for the 27-25 win.
Set three was similar to the first in that three points was the largest margin of separation one team had on the other, as the Rebels led by three on nine occasions. The stanza wound up featuring nine set points with UNLV owning six, including five straight after initially reaching the 24-point mark first.
The Rebels were led by Daryn Glenn's all-around effort that featured a team-high 11 kills to go along with five digs, five total blocks (one solo) and three assists. Glenn was joined in kill double figures by Katlin Winters and Alyssa Wing, who had 10 apiece. The former had match highs in both hitting (.526) and total blocks (five: one solo), while the latter had four digs, three total blocks (all assisted), one assist and one ace.
Alexis Patterson made her collegiate debut a good one by nearly getting a double-double in her first match behind a combination of 34 assists and nine digs. Patterson also chipped in three kills and one ace.
Defensively, UNLV was paced by Allison Davies and her 16 digs.
CSUN's Natalie Allen and Steffi Miller produced double-doubles in the win. Allen combined 14 kills with 17 digs for the feat, while Miller went with a match-high 54 assists and 13 digs.
The Matadors had a total of five players, including Allen, to notch double digits in kills. Cieana Stinson produced a match-high 15 to 13 from Casey Hinger and 10 apiece from Danetta Boykin and Sam Kaul.
Kelcie Randazzo led the defense for CSUN with a match-best 19 digs.
UNLV returns to action at 6:30 pm Friday evening against the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers, who began the season 1-0 with a 3-0 win against the UC Riverside Highlanders earlier in the day.
NOTES: In UNLV's career record book, Glenn moved into sole possession of eighth place in digs (844) and into a share of eighth in total attempts (2,398).