Rebels Lose Tourney Opener To North Dakota|
Sept. 1, 2017
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (3-2) suffered a 3-1 loss (17-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-25) to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (6-1) at New Mexico State's SpringHill Suites Invitational, which is being held at the Pan American Center.
The Scarlet & Gray was led by Elsa Descamps, who had team highs in kills (10) and total blocks (six/one solo). Jill Berg, Mariena Hayden and Ashley Owens had seven kills apiece, while Thea Sweder added six of her own.
UND outhit UNLV by 167 points (.216 to .049), and owned advantages in both kills (52-37) and errors (22-30) despite its offense attempting five fewer attack attempts (139-144). The Hawks topped out with a .364 hitting efficiency, but was held within a .114 (third set) to .273 (fourth) range the remainder of the match. The Rebels, on the other hand, were near .000 for three sets of the contest; however, they hit .222 in the third.
THE TURNING POINT: UND, which had its lead cut in half with UNLV's third-set win, regained control of the match with a 4-0 run early in the fourth that snapped a 5-all tie. The Hawks carried that momentum through the remainder of the set, which they, ultimately, won by 10 points.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's offense was held to a combined -.009 hitting efficiency (23-24-108) between the first, second and third sets.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Descamps led the Rebels in kills (10), hitting efficiency (.214) and total blocks (six).
QUOTABLE: "We struggled this morning to get our offense going," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Our passes did a good getting the ball to Riley (Jacobs), but we committed too many hitting errors. North Dakota is a very solid senior-heavy team and they took advantage of their experience today.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels continue their stay in Las Cruces with two more matches at NMSU's SpringHill Suites Invitational. They will play No. 11 UCLA (9:00 am PT) and New Mexico State (6:00 pm PT) Saturday at the Pan American Center.
REBELS AT HOME: The Rebels return to Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion to host their own UNLV Challenge on September 8-9. The Scarlet & Gray will welcome Weber State, UC Irvine and Louisville to Las Vegas for the two-day, round-robin tournament.
TICKETS: Single-match and season tickets for the 2017 UNLV volleyball season are on sale now by visiting www.UNLVTickets.com or calling 702-739-FANS. In addition, special ticket pricing is available for groups of at least 20 by contacting Dan Johnson at Daniel.Johnson@unlv.edu or calling 702-895-1885.
Season tickets start at $40 for faculty, staff and seniors (62+) and $50 for adults. All single-match tickets can be purchased in-advance and online for as low as $5. As always, kids 12 and under and UNLV students with a valid Rebel Card are admitted for free.