Silence Of The Lobos
Oct. 12, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team staked itself to a 2-0 lead against the New Mexico Lobos en route to a 3-1 win (25-18, 30-28, 18-25, 25-18) in Albuquerque on Saturday night in front of 2,157 fans at the Johnson Center. The Rebels were paced by a double-double from Sekola Falemaka, while three of her teammates notched double-digit kills and four more had at least 13 digs in the victory. The Rebels pushed their overall record to 10-6 and, more importantly, improved to 5-1 in Mountain West play. The Lobos, on the other hand, drop to 14-3 on the year and 5-2 in the league.
The win was the third straight in the head-to-head series by UNLV and improved the program's mark in the series to 19-13.
"We played so well tonight," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "New Mexico is such a tough team and our players responded to every turn. Our passing was just outstanding, as was our defense. I was so proud of our team. It was a great win for us in a tough environment."
The Scarlet & Gray outhit the Cherry & Silver by 25 points (.187 to .162) despite having amassed two fewer kills (58-60) off nine less attempts (182-191). UNLV opened up the match with its best hitting effort with a .306 efficiency, but could only muster up a .224 (second set) as its best the remainder of the match. UNM's hitting ranged between .047 (fourth) and .263 (third).
Falemaka's double-double - the ninth of the year and 28th of her career - was earned off a combination of a team-high 13 kills, while adding 16 digs. She also added two assists and one solo block.
Besides their collective 33 kills, the trio of Topor, Winters and Westman combined to produce a total of 8.5 of the Rebels' 12.0 team blocks. Westman was involved in seven blocks, one of which was solo, while Topor made a play on five (one solo) to Winters' two (one solo).
Stephanie Thelen dished out 48 of the squad's 53 assists to go along with 13 digs, three kills, two assists and one solo block.
UNM was paced by a double-double from Chantale Riddle off a match-high 24 kills and 13 digs. Riddle also had three assisted blocks and two assists. Hannah Johnson and Julia Warren led the Lobos in assists (47) and digs (22), respectively.
UNLV returns to Las Vegas to host the Colorado State Rams and Wyoming Cowgirls next week. The Rams, who are ranked 13th in the nation, will square off against the Rebels on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:00 pm. The Cowgirls come to town two days later on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 pm.