Rebels Tranquilize Panthers
Sept. 20, 2008
DENVER - The UNLV Rebels (7-6) moved to one-match over .500 for the first time this season with its 3-0 sweep of the Georgia State Panthers (0-12) on Saturday afternoon at the Denver Invitational held in the Mile High City. The Rebels have now won two straight matches and five of its last six contests. UNLV won the match by set scores of 25-13, 25-14, 25-19.
The Rebels out-hit the Panthers by a .318 to .040 margin. UNLV's .318 hitting efficiency was the second best output by the team this year, while the nine errors were the lowest committed thus far in 2008. The Rebels maxed out with a .429 in the first and only hit as low as .226 in the third. GSU, on the other hand, was held at .000 through the first two sets and managed only a .108 in the third. The Panthers averaged six errors in each set.
Cursty Jackson and Sara Nehf were the top hitters for the Rebels. Jackson tied for the match-lead with nine kills, while Nehf followed closely behind with seven. For the second straight match, Jackson was the most efficient hitter with her .750 attacking with no errors in 12 attempts.
Liz Schaab tied Jackson for the match-high in kills with nine. Jessica Tjaden led all setters with 24 assists, while Audrey Cantrell had 12 digs.
UNLV's Cunningham and Jessica Walters were named to the Invitational's All-Tournament Team. This was the second such honor for Cunningham this season, while Walters has achieved it four times.
The Rebels return to Las Vegas for a four-match home stand on Thursday, Sept. 25 with a 7:00 pm tilt vs. the TCU Horned Frogs. UNLV will then face New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 27 (1:00 pm) and Nevada, Reno on Sunday, Sept. 28 (5:00 pm).