Sun Devils Scorch Rebels With Hot Hitting
Sep 7, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (2-3) suffered their second straight loss by a 3-0 score (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) at the Gonzaga Invitational with Saturday morning's sweep by the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-0). UNLV, who began the year 2-0, will look to snap its three-match losing streak later today against Seattle at 4:00 pm from GU's Martin Centre in Spokane, Wash.
UNLV's offense was held in-check by ASU's defense in the loss. The Rebels were limited to season-lows in kills (29) and hitting efficiency (.045), while they amassed 24 errors - the second-most overall - off 110 attack attempts. They opened the affair hitting .171 before being held to .000 or worse the remainder of the contest.
The Sun Devils, on the other hand, hit at a .343 clip off 108 swings that resulted in 47 kills and 10 errors. They topped out with a .457 showing in the opening stanza, while hitting .343 and .237 in the subsequent sets.
Sekola Falemaka led the Rebels with her third double-double of the year and 23rd of her career with a combination of team highs in kills (10) and digs (12), both figures were team highs. Falemaka also had four assists and two total blocks (one solo).
Stephanie Thelen dished out a team-best 21 assists to go along with four kills, four digs, one ace and one assisted block.
Daryn Glenn, who had five kills and one assist, joined Falemaka with double digits in digs with 10 of her own.
"We played a better match in some respects (than last night), but we have to get more of an offensive presence," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick.
ASU was led offensively by a match-high 22-kill effort from Macey Gardner off a .452 hitting day. Gardner attempted 42 swings and only committed three errors.
Besides Gardner's offensive contribution, the Sun Devils had three different players register match-highs in assists (48 from Bianca Arellano), digs (18 from Stephanie Preach) and blocks (seven assisted from Mercedes Binns).
NOTES: With the addition of her nine digs against Arizona State, Allison Davies moved into fifth place in UNLV's career record book with 885 digs ... The loss to Arizona State snaps a three-match winning streak UNLV held in the head-to-head series, which the Rebels now lead 4-3.