Rebels Play Quickly, Make History
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel volleyball team (4-3) made program history Friday night with its 3-0 sweep of the Prairie View A&M Panthers (2-7) at the UNLV Classic held in the Cox Pavilion. Tonight's win, by set scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-6, was the first time that UNLV has held an opponent to single-digit scores in all sets of a match dating back to 2001 - the year rally scoring was introduced to NCAA Division I volleyball.
Prior to 2001, the NCAA used the sideout method for scoring with sets ending at the 15-point mark with a two-point advantage. Rally scoring was originally played to 30 points (two-point lead) before it was modified to 25 points (two-point lead) in 2008.
UNLV out-hit PVAMU .500 to -.184 behind 47 kills off of 80 swings. The Rebels hit at a .435 clip or better in all three sets, including an astonishing .615 (17-1-26) in the third and final stanza. UNLV only committed seven hitting errors compared to 23 by the Panthers. PVAMU attempted 80 attacks, but could only manage to connect for nine kills. The major disparity between errors and kills for the visitors led to negative hitting figures in each frame.
Madeline Westman led the Rebels from both sides of the net. Westman contributed 10 kills without making an error in 13 attacks, which translated to a career-high .769 hitting efficiency. She also notched nine blocks, which tied a career high, to go along with one ace, one assist and one dig.
In all, UNLV had five players tally at least five or more kills and .357 or better hitting efficiencies in the match. Candice Thomas threw down nine kills (.571 hitting), while Kinsey Caldwell (.700) and Stephanie Thelen (.357) had seven kills apiece. Daryn Glenn rounded out the quintet with five kills (.400).
Besides the seven-kill night, Caldwell had a match-high 30 assists as well as seven digs and three blocks.
Allison Davies, who had three assists and an ace, led all players with 14 digs.
PVAMU's offense was relegated to having its best attackers, Breanna McNeil and Bruna Menezes, manage only three kills on the night. Seven of its players that attempted an attack owned negative hitting efficiencies.
Leading the team in assists was Kelsey Espinosa with six, while digs was paced by Shanice Faison's seven.
In the UNLV Classic's first match, Gonzaga swept past Texas Southern by a 3-0 score.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday with a pair of matches. UNLV will take the court at noon against Texas Southern before facing Gonzaga at 5:00 pm. PVAMU will begin and end the day's action with its 10:00 am match against Gonzaga before playing in the tournament finale against Texas Southern at 7:00 pm.