Rebels Swept In First Match In Kentucky
Sept. 13, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (3-4) suffered a 3-0 setback (24-26, 21-25, 13-25) to the Ohio Bobcats (6-1) in the first volleyball match for both squads on Friday afternoon at the WKU Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky. UNLV was paced by a match-high 14 kills from Sekola Falemaka in defeat at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
The Bobcats outhit the Rebels by 105 points (.245 to .140) with the help of five more kills (41-36) and six fewer errors (15-21) off one less swing (106-107). Ohio's best hitting effort came in the third and final set with its .312 output, while it recorded .220 and .212 in the first two frames. UNLV, on the other hand, topped out with its .265 showing in the stanza, but hit .135 (first set) or lower in the remaining sets.
In the first set, UNLV witnessed a one-point deficit - 14-13 - grow to seven when Ohio rattled off six straight points to stake itself to a 20-13 advantage. The next point - a serving error by OU's Alexis Pinson - sparked a nine-point outburst that put the Rebels ahead by two - 22-20. Following Pinson's miscue, Falemaka went to the service line for nine straight serves with the first eight won by UNLV off of four kills, two aces and two OU attacking errors.
The Bobcats countered the Rebel offensive with three scores in-a-row to give themselves a one-point lead at 23-22 only to see the edge wiped away by two points from the Scarlet & Gray to set up a set-point opportunity. Unfortunately, UNLV was unable to get the one score necessary to end the set before OU claimed it behind three consecutive kills.
"We are just not getting the offensive power from everyone," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We had a great opportunity to win the first set as we came back behind Sekola's serving. We have to work on finishing and being more aggressive."
Ohio won the remaining sets and never looked back in either of them once it reached the 12-point barrier despite the two teams combining for 15 tied scores and six lead changes.
Falemaka was the lone Rebel attacker to amass more than seven kills in the match. She added eight digs, two aces and one assisted block.
Stephanie Thelen led the team with 27 assists to go along with seven digs, five kills and one assisted block.
Allison Davies, who had two assists, topped all Rebels with 11 digs.
The Bobcats were led in kills by Katie Horton (11), assists by Abby Gilleland (38) and digs by Mallory Salis (12).
The Rebels stay in the Bluegrass State for one more day of competition at the WKU Invitational with two matches on Saturday. They will face Virginia at 11:00 am PT (1:00 pm CT) and then WKU at 5:00 pm PT (7:00 pm CT).
NOTES: With help from her 11 digs, Davies became only the fifth Rebel to surpass the 900-dig barrier in program history ... She owns 903 for her career and trails Brittani Lumsden (2004-07), who sits in fourth place with 922 ... With help from her 27 assists, Thelen moved within six assists (1,594) of reaching the 1,600-assist plateau ... She will become only the fifth Rebel to reach that figure in the program's history ... The 3-0 decision in today's match marks the sixth outcome by that margin in seven matches in 2013 ... Dating back to 1996 - the "modern era" - of the program, only the 1999 and 2000 editions had played six of its first seven to three sets.