Swept Away By Utah
Oct. 1, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (3-9 overall, 2-3 Mountain West) dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 16-25, 23-25) match at home to the Utah Utes (10-5, 4-0) Thursday night from the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels' offense was led by Sara Nehf and Cursty Jackson, as they contributed 16 and 14 kills, respectively.
Utah out-hit UNLV by a .370 to .220 margin. The Utes hit above the .320 mark in each frame, while topping out at a .421 in the third with only one error committed. The Rebels, on the other hand, had their best showing in the third set with their .370. UNLV tallied 42 kills in the match to Utah's 46, but registered nine more errors (18-to-9).
Nehf tallied a match-high 16 kills on .323 hitting and was followed closely by Jackson's 14 kills. Jackson led the Rebels in hitting with her .458 efficiency.
Amanda Alles racked up 36 of the team's 40 assists in the match.
"Cursty and Sara were very aggressive with their offense and helped keep us in the game," noted UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "Amanda played consistently and set the ball well."
"I thought this was our best defensive effort of the season," said Keeley.
Utah was led by a double-double from Karolina Bartkowiak, as she combined 10 digs with a team-leading 11 kills.
Abby Simmons and Stepanie Neeley split the setting duties for the Utes. Simmons dished out 22 to Neeley's 17.
Bartkowiak was joined in double-digits in digs by Keisha Fisher with her 14 tallies.
The Rebels are back in action Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 pm home match vs. the BYU Cougars.