Jacobs Records Double-Double In Loss To NMSU|
Sept. 2, 2017
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (3-4) was unable to hang onto an early lead in its 3-1 loss (25-23, 20-25, 24-26, 17-25) to New Mexico State in the finale of the NM State SpringHill Suites Invitational Saturday night.
The Rebels got a double-double from Riley Jacobs, who paired 36 assists with 12 digs. Jacobs added two assisted blocks and one ace.
Owens and Hayden were also key defensively with eight and five assisted blocks. Elsa Descamps had four assisted blocks to help UNLV notch 12.0 total team blocks in the match.
Leka Kiner-Falefa was a stalwart in the back row for the Rebels, as she posted a match-best 28 digs.
NMSU outhit UNLV by 62 points (.151 to .089) off advantages in kills (60-40) and attack attempts (179-158); however, the hosts committed seven more errors (33-26). The Aggies also dished out 21 more assists (58-37) and recorded 13 more digs (82-69) than UNLV.
THE TURNING POINT: NMSU won the final two points in the third set after it withstood a 14-7 ally from UNLV that drew the teams even at 24-all. The Aggies went ahead 2-1 with that set victory and eventually closed out the contest in the fourth, with the help of a set- and match-closing 19-10 run of their own.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV attempted 158 attacks in the match; however, the trio of Jordon Abalos (25 digs), Ariadnne Sierra (21) and Briana Ainsworth (12) were responsible for digging 57 of those to keep the play alive throughout the match.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Jacobs had 36 assists and 12 digs to register her first career double-double. Her 12 digs were a career high.
QUOTABLE: "We fought hard tonight, but didn't put the ball away," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Our passing and serving was solid but New Mexico State played much better defense and ran a better offense tonight. Leka (Kiner-Falefa) played a very good defense and Ashley (Owens) and Thea (Sweder) were strong on offense. We'll need to get more from our outsides so we can be more balanced.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: 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. UNLV will face Weber State (10:00 am) and UC Irvine (7:00 pm) Friday before it plays Louisville (2:00 pm) Saturday.
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.