Rebels Roughed Up By Rams
Oct. 13, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The UNLV volleyball team (13-6 overall, 4-3 Mountain West Conference) was swept by the Colorado State Rams (11-6, 5-2 MWC) in three games Friday evening in Fort Collins, Colo. More importantly, the loss snaps the Rebels' four-match winning streak with three of those wins coming against conference foes. UNLV dropped the match with scores of 27-30, 29-31, 22-30.
The Rebels have been all too familiar with 3-0 matches this season, as they have won eight of them. This is only the second time on the wrong side of the ledger for the Rebels.
The first two games went down to the wire with numerous ties and lead changes, but the third went the direction of the home team from the get-go.
In game on, the teams held five lead changes after the score was evened up by CSU at 19-19. The last tie came at 27-27 after a Rebel point. CSU ran away with the game with two kills sandwiched around a service ace.
Game two started well for UNLV, as the team jumped out to a quick 5-0 start forcing a CSU timeout. The Rebels held the edge until the Rams knotted things up at 12-12 and flipped the game in their favor. UNLV chipped away at the deficit and pulled even at 25-25. The next eight points that followed were split between the two teams and held the score at 29-29. Back-to-back attacking errors by the Rebels allowed the Rams to go up two games to none.
The Rebel offense was held to its lowest hitting percentage of the season with a .013. The attackers only hit above the .000 mark once and that was in the second game (.086). The CSU defenders held the Rebels in check and forced negative hitting numbers in the first and third frames.
CSU didn't fare as well in hitting, as the squad racked up a .163 tally. The Rams improved in all three of their games as they opened with a .149 in the first and followed that up with a .158 in the second and .186 in the third. The Ram attackers nailed down eight more kills (47-to-39) than their Rebel foes.
Maria Aladjova was the lone Rebel to rack up double-digits in the kill category with a match-high 14. Aladjova has now hit in double-figures in 17 of the squad's 19 matches. It also marks the 10th occasion that she has topped the team in a match for kills.
At the net, Samantha Noland was active with one solo block and assisting on six others.
The Rams got double-doubles from Ashley Fornstrom and Katherine Whitney. Fornstrom used a combination of 40 assists and 13 digs, while Whitney mixed 11 kills with 13 digs.
UNLV looks to get back to its winning ways with a match at the Air Force Academy Saturday evening. The Falcons are 1-14 overall and 0-7 in conference play following their 3-0 loss to San Diego State Friday. The match against Air Force will round out the first half of league play and leave the Rebels with eight matches remaining in the regular season.