Make It Nine Straight For The Scarlet & Gray
Sept. 26, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (7-5 overall, 2-0 Mountain West) kicked off the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold with a quick and decisive 3-0 win (25-21, 25-11, 25-17) over in-state rival Nevada, Reno on Thursday night. The victory is the ninth straight by the UNLV volleyball team over the Wolf Pack and it pushes the Scarlet & Gray's advantage to 16-7 in the head-to-head series.
The Rebels outhit the Wolf Pack by nearly .200 points - .197 to be precise (.295-.098) - in the match and registered superior numbers in every statistical category, as well. UNLV opened the bout with a .282 hitting display and only got better in subsequent sets with .308 and .300 efforts in the second and third frames, respectively. UNR, on the other hand, opened up with a .190 in the first set, but only managed to register a .000 and .062 afterwards.
"It was an honor for UNLV volleyball to kick off this year's Governor's Series, and to do it in such fine fashion makes it all the better," said Rebel volleyball head coach Cindy Fredrick. "It's nice to see Sekola (Falemaka) continue to improve with each and every match and become more and more consistent. If you combine Sekola's, Katlin's (Winters) and Madeline's (Westman) numbers, it is some of the better hitting we've had in awhile. We haven't seen a .295 hitting efficiency in awhile. One of our goals was to improve out hitting efficiency. I thought we also did a good job of controlling the match."
Falemaka had a match-high 13 kills for UNLV behind a .444 hitting efficiency (13-2-27). She also had four digs, one assist, one ace and one assisted block.
Winters, who had seven kills of her own off of a .412 hitting average, led the team with four blocks (one solo) and added three digs and one assist.
Stephanie Thelen dished out a match-high 28 assists to go along with six kills, four digs, three aces and two assisted blocks. Thelen managed to tally a .667 hitting efficiency without committing an attacking error in nine swings.
On the defensive side of the net, Allison Davies led all players with 14 digs, while Daryn Glenn had 12 of her own to go along with five kills. Both players contributed two assists, as well.
Besides Winters' four blocks, the Rebels got three more from Westman (one solo) and two more from Ceannia Kincade.
UNR was paced by 10 kills from Tessa Lea'ea, 23 assists from Dana Holt and 10 digs from Grace Anxo.
UNLV returns to action next week to continue its home stand against MW competition. The Rebels will host the San Jose State Spartans next Thursday, Oct. 3, before a visit from the Fresno State Bulldogs two days later on Saturday, Oct. 5. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm first serves.
NOTES: With help from her five kills against UNR, Westman moved into ninth place in UNLV's career record book with 830 kills ... With help from a solo block against UNR, Westman moved into a fifth-place tie with Erin Greenwood (2006-09) in UNLV's career record book with 59 solo blocks ... With help from her 14 digs, Davies moved into third place in UNLV's career record book with 990 digs ... UNLV has played 12 matches this season with eight of them only going three sets.