Rebels Rally For Win Over The Cavaliers|
Sept. 14, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (4-4) rallied for a come-from-behind, 3-1 win in four sets (18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24) over the Virginia Cavaliers (4-4) on the second day of the WKU Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky. UNLV was paced by double-doubles from Daryn Glenn and Sekola Falemaka, 14 kills from Katlin Winters and 56 assists from Stephanie Thelen in the volleyball victory at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
The Rebels had five different players notch 10 or more kills with Winters' output leading the way behind a .379 hitting efficiency. Both Madeline Westman, who hit a match-best .632 (13-1-19) and Falemaka followed closely behind with 13 kills apiece, while Glenn and Megan Dempsey had 10 each.
The match was the first for Dempsey, a Rebel freshman, and her debut couldn't have gone any better offensively. Besides her 10 kills, she hit .562 for the match and committed only one error in 16 swings.
"This was a complete turnaround from yesterday's match," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Our middles played so well offensively and at the net. Our game changer was Megan as she was amazing offensively for us. The Rebels showed a lot of grit today coming back after losing the first set."
UNLV outhit Virginia by 45 points (.293 to .248) and amassed 10 more kills (63-53) and two more errors (20-17) off two more swings (147-145). The Rebels opened up the match with two impressive hitting efforts before intermission with a .387 first set followed by a .353 showing in the second frame. They concluded the match with back-to-back .200-plus efforts - .220 in the third and .244 in the fourth. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, hit an astonishing .552 (17-1-29) in their first stanza, but simmered down to .182 or less the rest of the contest.
The Rebels hot-hitting was led by Thelen's 56 assists, which equal her personal-best output.
Falemaka and Glenn paired their kills with their 17 and 13 digs, respectively, to notch their double-doubles. The former has achieved the feat four times this season, while the latter has done it twice.
Allison Davies joined Falemaka and Glenn in dig double figures with 16 of her own.
Virginia's Tori Janowski led all players with a match-high 21 kills, while her teammate Haley Kole had 13, as well.
The Cavaliers were led in assists by Lauren Fuller with 47 and in digs by Emily Rottman with 21.
The Rebels close out their stay at the tournament with a 5:00 pm PT (7:00 pm CT) match against the host WKU Hilltoppers on Saturday night.
NOTES: With help from her 57 assists, Thelen surpassed the 1,600 barrier for career assists and former Rebel Maria Julia Goes (1998-01) for fourth place in the program's record book ... Thelen sits fourth with 1,650 assists ... With help from her 16 digs, Davies moved within three of tying former Rebel Brittani Lumsden (2004-07) with 922 digs ... With help from three assisted blocks, Westman added to her first-place tally of 355, while also moving within 14 total blocks of tying former Rebel Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) for first place with 412 ... The four-set match with Virginia was the first to go that length for UNLV this season after it had played six to three sets and one to five.