Rebels Close Out Tournament With Sweep Of UCR
Aug. 31, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel volleyball team (3-2) closed out its own UNLV Invitational with a quick, 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-15, 25-11) of the UC Riverside Highlanders (0-3) Sunday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion. The victory was the second for the Scarlet & Gray over UCR in as many days. Bree Hammel was the primary catalyst in the triumph with match highs in kills (12), hitting (.647) and total blocks (four assisted).
Hammel and the Rebels saved their best hitting - statistically speaking - for the tournament finale. They hit at a .356 clip with a .306 efficiency or better in every set, and that includes a .417 showing in set two. UNLV threw down 18 more kills (41-23) and committed 13 fewer errors (9-22) despite UCR attempting four more swings (94-90).
UCR's offense managed to muster only a .011 hitting efficiency on the day. It was stymied by UNLV's defense, which registered 41 digs and eight total team blocks (two solo and 12 assisted). The Highlanders were only able to produce one set with an average over .000 in the contest with a .118 in the opening stanza.
"Overall, this was a good tournament for us," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We had some good wins and played some very good matches. The five-set loss (Saturday vs. Cal State Northridge) hurt a lot, but the way our kids played in the first two sets yesterday was amazing. I think we learned a lot and saw some solid performances. Alexis Patterson ran a good offense and our middles connected well with her. Allison Davies had a strong outing and Carly Riehl played very good defense."
Besides Hammel's production, UNLV got eight kills apiece from Katlin Winters and Daryn Glenn. Winters hit .583 and had two assisted blocks and one dig compared to Glenn's .333 hitting, seven digs, two assists, two aces and one solo block.
Patterson dished out a match best 29 assists and chipped in six digs, three kills, three total blocks (one solo) and two aces.
Davies and Riehl led the Rebel back row with 10 and nine digs, respectively.
UNLV returns to action next week (Sept. 5-6) with a cross-country venture to the Garden State. The Rebels will play three matches at the Seton Hall Invitational in South Orange, N.J., where they'll square off against Cornell, Siena and SHU.