Rebels Power Past The Pilots
Aug 31, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebels improved to 2-0 early in the 2013 season with their second straight sweep of an opponent in their own UNLV Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Scarlet & Gray, with 16-kill efforts from Sekola Falemaka and Daryn Glenn, defeated Portland, 3-0, behind set scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-23.
With help from a dig near the waning moments of the third set, Falemaka registered her 10th dig of the contest to couple with a match-high 16 kills for her second double-double of the year and 22nd of her career. She also contributed two assisted blocks, two aces and one assist in the victory.
Besides tying her teammate in kills, Glenn owned a match-high .536 hitting efficiency to go along with seven digs, two assists and one assisted block.
"We are executing well for it being so early in the season," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Our middles do a very good job, which opens up the offense. I thought Daryn and Sekola kept Portland's defense on its heels. Allison (Davies) passed great and her defense allowed us to transition well today.
UNLV outhit Portland by 150 points (.379 to .229) with the assistance of three sets of .310 or better averages. The Rebels had identical .405 efforts in the first and second frames before a .310 showing in the third. Portland, on the other hand, had two sets of .243 or better hitting - .243 in the first and .286 in the third, but a .162 output in the middle stanza. Overall, UNLV had six more kills (47-41) and eight fewer errors (8-16) in six less swings (103-109).
The match featured only six ties and one lead change in the match. The Rebels led from the get-go in the first and third sets and only needed to erase a 1-0 deficit in the second set en route to that win.
Stephanie Thelen dished out a match-best 37 assists, and added five digs, two kills and two assisted blocks in the affair.
Allison Davies, who had two assists and one ace, led all defensive players with 16 digs.
At the net, Madeline Westman moved into the top spot in the assisted blocks category in UNLV's career record book with four of them. Westman tied the record on the first point of the match when she partnered with Falemaka to give UNLV a 1-0 lead. The record-breaking block occurred near the beginning of the third set to put the score at 1-all. In all, Westman had six kills on .417 hitting, two assists and two digs.
The Pilots were led by 14 kills from Autumn Wedan, 31 assists from Monica Jordan and 10 digs from Katie Mardesich.
UNLV returns to the Cox Pavilion court at 7:00 pm in the Invitational's finale against Kansas State. The match will determine the tournament champion, as both squads enter the bout with identical 2-0 marks. Cal State Fullerton (0-2) and Portland (0-2) will start the second portion of Saturday's schedule with a 5:00 pm affair.
NOTES: With the win, UNLV has begun a season 2-0 on six occasions (1979, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2012) ... With help from her four assisted blocks, Westman became only the second Rebel to break the 400 barrier in total blocks, as she sits second with 404 ... Westman moved into 10th place in UNLV's career chart in kills with the six thrown down against Portland giving her 775 for her career ... Davies moved into sixth place in UNLV's career chart in digs with the 16 amassed against Portland giving her 853 ... Thelen became only the fifth Rebel to tally more than 1,400 career assists with help from her 37 helpers against Portland.