Rebels Clip The Thunderbirds In Four Sets
Sept. 24, 2013
CEDAR CITY, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team improved its record to 6-5 on the year after a 3-1 win (25-20, 24-26, 25-16, 25-18) in Cedar City, Utah on Tuesday night against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (2-10). The Rebels were led by double-doubles from Daryn Glenn, Sekola Falemaka and Stephanie Thelen in the road win at the Centrum Arena.
The Scarlet & Gray outhit SUU by 61 points (.199-.138) with a 19-kill (61-42) and 19-swing (171-152) advantage. Although the Rebels committed six more errors (27-21) in the contest, they managed to register hitting efficiencies above .205 in three of the four frames. SUU, on the other hand, hit .200 or better in the opening two sets - .200 in the first and .238 in the second, but came out of intermission with .029 (third set) and .075 (fourth) after the break.
"We had some problems executing tonight," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I think we had a little let down after the San Diego State match, and I take responsibility for that. We were glad to get the win tonight."
UNLV opened the affair scoring the first three points before the home squad evened the score at 4-all before taking its only lead at 5-4. The Rebels then rattled off five straight points, which were sparked by a kill from Ceannia Kincade and four more while she was at the service line. Two kills by Katlin Winters and a pair of attacking errors by Ann Clappier pushed UNLV ahead by four at 9-5. UNLV built as many as 12 five-point leads after it took the lead.
The second set featured the most tied scores (12) and lead changes (five). After tying the frame off another miscue by Clappier, Kincade served five times with the Rebels scoring on the first four off a kill by Falemaka, two more by Glenn and an error by Clappier. SUU broke the Rebels' serve only to see it lose two consecutive points and fall behind by five at 20-15. The two teams would trade the next two points to give UNLV its last five-point cushion at 21-16. Unfortunately, the Thunderbirds won the next seven points to stake themselves to a 22-21 lead before alternating points the remainder of the way before scoring two in a row to snap a 24-all tie.
UNLV took control of the third and fourth sets early on and never looked back after snapping early ties. In the third, the Rebels trailed by one at 4-3 before winning five points in a row to flip the score in their favor at 8-4. The advantage ballooned to nine points on three occasions with the final one occurring at 25-16. The fourth and final set went in favor of the visitor after it broke a 6-all tie with four straight points. SUU pulled within two scores twice, but the edge grew to as much as six points five different times.
Glenn had a match-high 16 kills to couple with 14 digs to achieve her fourth double-double of the season and 15th of her career. She also added two assisted blocks, one assist and one ace.
Falemaka's double-double - the sixth in 2013 and 25th in four seasons - was comprised of 14 kills and 15 digs. She aced one serve to give her 18 for the year.
Besides Glenn's and Falemaka's kill tallies, Madeline Westman had 12 of her own off an astonishing .579 hitting efficiency (12-1-19). Westman also chipped in three digs, one solo block, one assist and one ace.
Thelen's double-double - her first this year and 15th overall - came off a match-best 52 assists and 12 digs to go along with three assisted blocks (one solo) and two kills.
In all, UNLV had five players notch 10 or more digs with Allison Davies' 21 leading the quintet, while Kincade joined the group with 13 of her own. The latter also had eight kills, four assists and one assisted block in the match.
"The digs really kept us in the match, and Allison played tough in the back for us," noted Fredrick.
The Thunderbirds got a double-double from their setter Joanna Christenson, who had 39 assists and 11 digs. They were led offensively by 11 and 10 kills from Kylie Schofield and Clappier, respectively. Defensively, Sariah Peleaez had a match-high 28 digs, while Hailey Moore pitched in 13.
The Rebels return to Las Vegas to start a three-match home stand beginning with Thursday night's showdown against in-state rival Nevada, Reno at the Cox Pavilion. The bout is the first of two between the two squads this season with implications in the standings of the 2013 Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold.
NOTES: With help from her 21 digs, Davies now has 976 for her career and trails former Rebel Melody Nua (2005-08) for third place with 981 ... With help from her one solo block, Westman now has 420 total blocks for her career and trails former Rebel Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) for first place with 426 ... Westman, who had 58 career solo blocks, sits one unassisted putback out of a fifth-place tie with former Rebel Erin Greenwood (2006-09) with 59 ... Tuesday's win extended UNLV's all-time head-to-head record against SUU to 7-2 ... UNLV has won seven straight in the series after losing the first two in the late 1970s.