Rebels Withstand Then Conquer Spartans In Four Sets
Oct. 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team extended its winning streak to four matches with its 3-1 victory (25-14, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22) over the San Jose State Spartans on Thursday night from the Cox Pavilion. UNLV improved to 8-5 on the year and maintained its unblemished record - 3-0 - in the Mountain West behind double-doubles from Ceannia Kincade and Sekola Falemaka. With the loss, conference newcomer SJSU dropped to 3-10 on the year and 0-3 in league play.
The Rebels outhit the Spartans by 59 points (.268 to .209). The home squad threw down 13 more kills (63-50), but committed one more error (22-21) off 14 more swings (153-139) in the match. UNLV came out of the gates on fire with a .485 hitting efficiency, but it's attackers could only maintain between a .190 and .235 effort the remainder of the affair. SJSU, on the other hand, topped out at .273 in the second frame, but hit .235 or less in each set it lost.
The match featured 29 tied scores and nine lead changes with the majority of both - 11 ties and four lead changes - coming in the second stanza.
The first set was won by UNLV with ease. After both ties and the only lead change occurred within the first four points, the Rebels built as much as an 11-point edge on three occasions.
The two teams went back and forth in the second set with neither team owning more than a three-point cushion at any moment. UNLV led most of the way through the first 38 points - 19-all - before SJSU managed to take its second lead off a Rebel attack error. After taking a one-point lead at 20-19, the Spartans never looked back en route to a three-point win.
SJSU carried over the momentum it had built into the third with a quick seven-point lead at the 8-1 mark to show for it. The Rebels persevered and chipped away at the deficit until the score was all square at 17-all. That tie was the first of seven between the two squads until the final one hit with 24 points showing on the scoreboard for both teams. Kills by Falemaka and Madeline Westman ultimately won the set by two for UNLV.
The fourth began with all eight ties and the only lead change coming in the first 20 points. A kill by Kincade gave the Rebels a one-point lead that would never be relinquished the rest of the set. UNLV pushed its advantage to as much as five, but eventually settled on a three-point win for the match.
UNLV had a trio of attackers amass double digits in kills with Falemaka's match-high 19 leading the way. Westman threw down 13, while Kincade rounded out the trio with 11. All three players had high hitting efficiencies with Westman's .522 performance (13k-1e-23ta) going down as tops in the bout. Falemaka and Kincade hit .444 and .370, respectively.
Both Falemaka and Kincade had 12 digs to tie for the team lead with teammate Allison Davies, who had one assist and one ace, as well.
By virtue of their kills and digs, Falemaka notched her seventh double-double of the season and 26th for her career, while Kincade registered her second in both categories.
Stephanie Thelen fell one dig shy of her own double-double with 54 assists and nine digs. Thelen also had four kills and two assisted blocks in the win.
UNLV returns to the Cox Pavilion to close out its three-match home stand against the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday night. First serve is set for 7:00 pm. The first 150 fans through the doors will receive some stylish "UNLV Volleyball" sunglasses. The evening has also been deemed Rebel Kids Club, Camper & Youth Night.
NOTES: With help from her 12 digs, Davies became only the third Rebel to break the 1,000-dig barrier at UNLV with 1,002 ... Davies joins Jada Walker (2004-07) and Camille Cunningham (2005-08), who sit ahead of her in the career record book with 2,055 and 1,280 digs, respectively ... With help from one assisted block, Westman moved within two total blocks of tying Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) for the top spot in that category in the career record book ... Westman has 424 to Miramontes' 426.