Rebels Lose Heartbreaker In Five Sets To CSUN
Aug. 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball program (2-2) suffered a heartbreaking loss in five sets (25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 23-25, 12-15) to the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-0) Saturday night at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels had staked themselves to an early 2-0 lead, but watched the Matadors come out of the intermission with wins in the third and fourth frames to force a decisive fifth set. In the final stanza, CSUN overcame a three-point deficit (12-9) by claiming the next six points for the victory.
By virtue of their record, the Matadors claimed the Invitational title, while UNLV took second-place honors.
The Scarlet & Gray outhit the Matadors .296 to .222 in the match with help from 16 fewer errors (14-30). UNLV threw down 59 kills on 152 attempts and had three sets of .303 or better hitting efficiencies, including an astonishing .433 (15-2-30) effort in the second frame. The squad hit .200 and .167 in the subsequent sets. CSUN, on the flip side, registered 70 kills on 180 swings with two paltry showings to begin the contest - .106 in set one and .065 in set two. It recovered in the third with a .472 clip before a .214 and .292 in the third and fourth, respectively.
The affair featured a total of 22 tie scores and nine lead changes, none of which occurred in set one or two.
The Matadors took control of the third after they broke a 6-all tie and eventually struck out with three different six-point leads. They controlled the fourth up until UNLV claimed two short-lived leads at the 16-15 and 17-16 junctures. The two squads were deadlocked three times afterwards, but CSUN wound up taking the lead for good at 20-19.
The fifth was played closely with only a one-point separation until the Rebels scored four straight after they trailed by one at 9-8. Unfortunately, the visitors swung the score in their favor off four kills from different players and a pair of aces from Kelcie Randazzo.
The Rebels had six players register a kill in the match and five of those had efficiencies of .250 or higher. Alyssa Wing led the quintet in kills (15) and average (.400). Wing also chipped in two total blocks (one solo) and six digs.
Bree Hammel, a member of the all-tournament team, and Daryn Glenn had 11 kills apiece to 10 from Ceannia Kincade. Hammel hit at a .375 clip and added five total blocks (two solo), one ace and one dig. Glenn also had nine digs, one assist and one ace. Kincade, who had two assists and two assisted blocks, was able to combine her double-digit kills with 12 digs for her first double-double of the year and third of her career.
Alexis Patterson dished out a team- and season-high 47 assists on the night. Besides helping out the Rebel hitters, she also recorded eight digs, five kills, four assisted blocks and two aces.
Allison Davies led the way defensively with 19 digs, while helping out on the offensive side with three assists and one ace.
CSUN's Cieana Stinson, the Invitational's MVP, paced the squad with a match-high 26 kills off .370 hitting. Stinson was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Steffi Miller and Sam Kaul. Miller had a match-high 56 assists, plus five kills, two digs and one ace. Kaul had nine kills, two digs and two assisted blocks.
Casey Hinger was the lone Matador to notch a double-double off a combination of 11 kills and a team-best 18 digs. Hinger was one of four to reach double figures in kills with Randazzo (17), Natalie Allen (13) and Katie Sato (13) rounding out the quartet.
Rounding out the all-tourney selections were UNLV's Katlin Winters, Western Kentucky's Georgia O'Connell and UC Riverside's Tyler Dorsey.
UNLV closes out its five-match season-opening homestand Sunday at noon (12:00 pm) against UCR.
NOTES: In UNLV's career record book, Winters moved into a share of eighth place in assisted blocks (202).