Rebels Tame The Tigers
Sept. 1, 2012
PORTLAND (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (3-2) picked up their first win at the Nike Portland Invitational on Saturday with their 3-0 sweep of the Tennessee State Tigers (3-3) at the Chiles Center in Portland. The win - by set scores of 25-15, 25-15, 25-14 - snapped a two-match losing streak that UNLV carried into this morning's match.
UNLV out-hit TSU by nearly .300 points (.312 to .019) behind three sets of .237 or greater hitting. The Rebels managed to throw down 37 kills in 93 swings, and they only committed eight errors in the match. The Tigers, on the other hand, were hindered by 27 errors, which were countered by 29 kills off 105 attempts. The visitors from Nashville were unable to muster a hitting efficiency better than .029 - first set output - throughout the match.
Candice Thomas led the Rebels from both sides of the net with 11 kills and eight blocks, both figures were tops for their categories in the match. Thomas' eight blocks tied a career-high set last season against Boise State. Offensively, she hit at a .500 clip with only two errors on 18 swings.
Daryn Glenn was another dual contributor with seven kills on the offensive side of the net and nine digs and three blocks coming from the defensive side.
Kinsey Caldwell performed well all around with a match-high 28 assists to go along with five digs, three blocks and two kills.
Allison Davies led all Rebels defensively with 12 digs besides a contribution of two assists and an ace.
TSU's Naomi Wells had a match-high 14 digs, while also pitching in nine kills and two assists. Erika Moss led the Tigers in assists with 21.
The Rebels close out their stay in the "City of Roses" with a 7:30 pm contest against the Portland Pilots in the finale of the Nike Portland Invitational.