Matadors Evade Rebels In Win
Sept. 17, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (3-7) suffered a 3-0 setback to the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-7) Friday night in the UNLV Classic hosted in the Cox Pavilion. Cal State Northridge claimed the match by set scores of 25-11, 25-17, 25-18.
UNLV was out-hit .091 to .389 in the match. They recorded 17 less kills (26-to-43) and committed 10 more errors (18-to-8) than its opponent. The Matadors hit no worse than .290 (second set) in the match and had two sets in the .400s with a .462 effort in the first and .424 in the third. UNLV, on the other hand, hit .054 in the first, .069 in the second and .182 in the final frame.
The Rebels were paced offensively by Candice Thomas and Sara Nehf, who had eight and seven kills, respectively. Thomas tallied a team-best .500 hitting efficiency, as she had only one error in 14 swings. Besides her offensive production, Nehf helped out defensively and contributed a team-high eight digs.
Cal State Northridge's offense was primarily run through Mahina Haina, who threw down a match-high 14 kills and hit at a .565 clip. Sam Orlandini set 21 of the Matadors' 34 registered assists, while Cindy Ortiz was the top defender with 14 digs.
UNLV is back in action Saturday with a pair of matches. The Rebels take on the San Jose State Spartans at 12:00 pm and then close out the tournament with a 7:00 pm contest against the Xavier Musketeers.
Xavier knocked off San Jose State by a 3-0 margin in Friday's first match of the Classic.