Rebels Unable To Capture Bulldogs
Oct. 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team had its season-best winning streak - four matches - snapped with its 3-1 loss (18-25, 15-25, 17-25) to the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday night from the Cox Pavilion. The loss moves the Rebels' record to 8-6 on the year and 3-1 in Mountain West play, while the Bulldogs evened its mark in both standings to 8-8 and 2-2, respectively.
Fresno State's offense produced a season-best .356 hitting efficiency, while UNLV managed to record its second-lowest output of the year with a .083 effort. Overall, the Bulldogs outhit by 273 points behind a 14-kill advantage (43-29) despite attempting 19 fewer attacks (90-109). FS hit between .316 (first set) and .393 (second) for the match, while the Rebels, who committed nine more errors (20-11), topped out with a .119 showing in the opening stanza.
"Fresno State came out firing on all cylinders and we just didn't respond tonight," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We made a lot of errors on all sides of the game. I give them credit as they played a great match."
Stephanie Thelen dished out a match-high 24 assists to go along with four digs and one kill.
The Bulldogs were paced by 14 kills from Marissa Brand and 12 more from Korrin Wild. Both added five digs, while the former had two aces to the latter's one.
Christina Lee and Brooke Lagaux split setting duties for FS with them dishing out 22 and 14, respectively. Lee also had six digs to Brand's five.
Fresno State's Maggie Eppright led all defensive players with 16 digs.
UNLV hits the road for the first time in conference play with trips to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Albuquerque. The Rebels will square off against the Air Force Falcons on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT) and then play the New Mexico Lobos two days later on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT).