Rams Rough Up Rebels
Sept. 18, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (1-7, 0-1 Mountain West) lost a 3-0 (20-25, 19-15, 16-25) decision to the Colorado State Rams (8-3, 1-0) Friday night in the Mountain West Conference opening match for both teams.
UNLV was led offensively by a nine-kill, .471 hitting effort by Erin Greenwood. Cursty Jackson racked up seven kills and three assisted blocks, as well. Kelsey Keeler had eight kills and hit at a .222 pace.
"We competed well, but came up short," noted UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "We were good offensively from Erin and Kelsey. Kelsey had one of her better offensive matches of the season."
Amanda Alles and Samantha Richard split the setting duties, as they tallied 16 and 12 assists, respectively. Richard led the squad defensively in digs with eight stops of the CSU offense. Keeler and Kela Lau Hee pitched in six digs apiece.
Danielle Minch was the lone player to reach double-digits in kills with 15, while hitting .357. Tessa Nelson owned a match-high .643 hitting efficiency.
Evan Sanders led CSU in assists with 41 of the squads 44.
Katelin Batten joined Minch and Sanders in double-figure statistics with 15 digs.
The Rams out-hit the Rebels by a .299 to .141 clip. CSU racked up 14 more kills (47-to-33), while hitting four less errors (15-to-19). The Rams notched eight errors in the first set, but only tallied seven the remainder of the match, as they hit .412 and .379 in the final two sets. UNLV topped out at .229 in the second set, but hit a team-low .067.
UNLV returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 22 with a 7:00 pm contest against the Wyoming Cowgirls.