Rebels Rally To Beat Spartans In Five Sets|
Oct. 5, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team jumped back into the win column with a 3-2, come-from-behind victory against the San Jose State Spartans at Spartan Gym Thursday night. The Rebels rallied from a 2-1 deficit with wins in the fourth and fifth frames to improve to 5-13 overall and 1-4 in Mountain West play. The Scarlet & Gray claimed the match behind set scores of 19-25, 25-28, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11. With the loss, SJSU dropped to 11-5 on the year and 3-2 in the MW.
UNLV outhit SJSU by 64 points primarily due to its offense committing only 15 errors compared to the latter's 29. The Spartans; however, threw down 11 more kills (65-54) in 24 more attack attempts (157-133). The Rebels topped out with a .500 hitting efficiency (10-1-18) in the fifth, and also hit .378 and .259 in the fourth and second, respectively, but were held to .174 (first) and .179 (third) efforts in the two frames they lost. SJSU began with a .524 effort and amassed .216 to .304 clips over the third through fifth. The hosts posted a paltry -.026 showing in the second.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV snapped a 7-all tie in the fourth set with a 3-0 run that pushed the team ahead, 10-7, for good. The Rebels never relinquished the lead; however, the Spartans pulled within one point five times afterwards. Overall, UNLV rattled off an 18-13 outburst to close out the fourth.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV hit at a combined .418 clip in the fourth and fifth sets, with 26 kills against only three errors in 55 attack attempts. More impressively, the Rebels has 10 kills and one error in 18 swings in the decisive fifth frame.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Riley Jacobs dished out a team-high 38 assists to go along with five kills off a .571 hitting efficiency, and six digs
QUOTABLE: "Tonight was such a great battle, and our young Rebels really came to play," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Mo (Mariena Hayden), Ali (Alison French) and Thea (Sweder) all played well tonight, and Ashley (Owens) from the start to finish was hammering the ball. Riley (Jacobs) set well tonight and it was fun to see her offensively minded, as well. Elsa (Descamps) did a good job controlling the net while Leka (Kiner-Falefa) gave us some solid defense. It was a great, team effort.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will stay on the road, but head to Northern Nevada to face Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon (1:00 pm). The match is part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold, which is an all-encompassing head-to-head challenge between the Silver State's NCAA Division I institutions.
REBELS RETURN HOME: With the conclusion of this week's road trip, UNLV will return to Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion to host four matches in a two-week stretch. The homestand will begin with stops by Fresno State and San Diego State on October 12 and 14, respectively, and continue the following week with No. 24 Colorado State (October 19) and Wyoming (October 21) the following week.