Rebels Caged By Bruin Offense
Sept. 4, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (1-2) dropped its home-opening match to the #9 UCLA Bruins (3-1) by a 3-0 margin (16-25, 17-25, 16-25) Friday night at the Alexis Park Classic from the Cox Pavilion. Samantha Richard notched her first double-double of the year and fourth of her career at UNLV in a losing effort.
The Bruins out-hit the Rebels by a .275 to .051 margin. UCLA notched nine more kills (39-to-30) in only three more attempts (102-to-99). The big difference on the stat sheet was that UNLV committed 14 more errors (25-to-11) than the nationally-ranked squad. UNLV hit between .031 and .081 each set, while UCLA topped out at a first set .324 its lowest tally in the second (.206).
"I am disappointed in how we played," noted UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "I felt like we were prepared to play well, but we came out tentative. I look forward to us rebounding tomorrow and letting the Rebel fans see what we really look like."
Richard was the highlight for the Rebels, as she combined 17 assists with 11 digs. Both figures were team highs.
"Everybody stepped up and different times, but when you play a consistent team you've got to play better," said Keeley.
Mari Hole led was the lone attacker in double-digits for the match, as she led her Bruin offense with 10 kills. Lauren Cook assisted on 31 of the team's 34 assists. Defensively, the team had five players contribute five or more kills with Lainey Gera leading the team with nine.
In the tournament's first game Friday, Idaho defeated Loyola Marymount by a 3-2 margin after watching LMU rally from a two-game deficit to force the deciding frame.
The Rebels return to action tomorrow afternoon with a 12:30 pm contest with Idaho Vandals before closing down the Classic with their 7:00 pm affair with Loyola Marymount. LMU and Idaho open up Saturday's action with a 10:00 am contest, while UCLA and Idaho play the last neutral match at 4:30 pm.