Owens Collects Double-Double Thursday Night|
Oct. 12, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - For the third time in as many matches the UNLV volleyball team (6-14, 2-5 MW) went the distance against a Mountain West opponent. Unfortunately, the Rebels were on the wrong end of the 3-2 decision Thursday night at the Cox Pavilion against the Fresno State Bulldogs (8-11, 3-4 MW). The visitors from the San Joaquin Valley won the marathon match behind set scores of 25-20, 25-27, 27-25, 15-25, 15-8.
The Bulldogs outhit the Rebels by 10 points (.188 to .178) with help from three more kills (62-59) in four fewer attack attempts (170-174). FS, which committed two more errors (30-28) in the bout, topped out with a .421 hitting efficiency in the fifth and final set after it had been held to .200 or lower averages in the four previous frames of play. UNLV, on the other hand, hit .367 in the fourth and .250 in the second, but was limited to .146 or less in the three stanzas it lost.
THE TURNING POINT: Moments after seeing UNLV run away with the fourth set en route to tying the match at 2-all, FS scored the first four points in the fifth to flip the momentum and put enough distance between itself and the host Rebels. The Bulldogs allowed UNLV to pull within two on two occasions -- the last of which occurred at the 7-5 juncture; however, that was the closest it would get down the stretch.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's Ashley Owens and Elsa Descamps combined to hit .426 for the match with 26 kills against three errors in 54 attack attempts. The remainder of the team hit .067 with 33 kills against 25 errors in 120 swings. The pair also accounted for six of the squad's 12.0 total team blocks, as Owens had 10 assisted blocks to Descamps' two assisted blocks.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Owens loomed large on both sides of the net, as she combined 16 kills with 10 assisted blocks for her first career double-double.
QUOTABLE: "Our serve receive let us down tonight," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We were very inconsistent with our passing all night. In the matches we passed well, we hit well. Ashley and Elsa just dominated the net."
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV continues its four-match homestand Saturday with a 3:00 pm match versus the San Diego State Aztecs. The Rebels will wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness, and all fans that don pink will receive half-price admission at the door.
TICKETS: Single-match tickets for the 2017 UNLV volleyball season are on sale now by visiting www.UNLVTickets.com or calling 702-739-FANS. In addition, special ticket pricing is available for groups of at least 20 by contacting Dan Johnson at Daniel.Johnson@unlv.edu or calling 702-895-1885.
All single-match tickets can be purchased in-advance and online for as low as $5. As always, kids 12 and under and UNLV students with a valid Rebel Card are admitted for free.