Beavers Attack Rebels On Court
Sept. 12, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (1-6) dropped a 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-17) decision to the Oregon State Beavers (7-2) Saturday afternoon in the finale of the Alexis Park Invitational from the Cox Pavilion. The Beavers claimed the Invitational title going a perfect 2-0, while UC Santa Barbara took second with a 1-1 mark. UNLV claimed a third-place showing with an 0-2 effort.
The loss is the fifth consecutive for UNLV. This is the first time that the program has dropped five straight since the 2003 campaign (Sept. 18 to Oct. 4).
The Beavers out-hit the Rebels by a .267 to .228 clip for the match despite notching five more errors (19-to-14). OSU threw down 14 more kills (51-to-37) than the host school in 19 more attempts (120-to-101). The Beavers hit between the .244 (first set) and .333 (third) range in their sets. UNLV, on the other hand, hit between .120 (third set) and .294 (first) for the match.
UNLV was paced offensively by Erin Greenwood and her 11 kills. Greenwood hit at a .333 clip and contributed four digs and three blocks (two solo).
"Erin played outstanding and was very consistent," said UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "She contacted the ball well. She is a good leader and did nice things out there."
Cursty Jackson was the top hitter for the Rebels with a .289 efficiency. Jackson racked up nine kills to two errors in 27 attempts.
Kela Lau Hee recorded a match-high 11 digs, while Sarah Nehf followed closely behind with nine of her own.
The Beavers had three players tally double-digits in the kills' category. Jill Sawatzky and Rachel Rourke led the way with 14 kills apiece, while Bree Knitter tallied 12. Knitter earned "Most Outstanding Hitter" honors.
Camilla Ah-Hoy fell one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs and her 40 assists. Ah-Hoy followed Knitter's lead by being named the tournament's "Most Outstanding Setter".
Joining Knitter and Ah-Hoy on the Invitational team was UCSB's Chelsey Lowe, who was the "Most Outstanding Libero" title.
UNLV returns to action next Friday, Sept. 18 with its Mountain West Conference home opener against Colorado State.
"I think we've played high level competition to open the season," noted Keeley. "We have developed consistently over the past three weeks and we are ready to meet conference play head on."