Utes Overrule Rebels At Crimson Court|
Oct. 14, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (6-13, 2-4 MWC) dropped a 3-0 decision to the Utah Utes (8-10, 3-2 MWC) Thursday night from the Crimson Court in Salt Lake City. Utah on the match by set scores of 28-26, 25-15, 25-17.
Utah out-hit UNLV by a .295 to .048 margin and tallied seven more kills (39-to-32), 11 less errors (16-to-27) on 26 less swings (78-to-104). The Utes hit no worse than .219 in any set with that effort coming in the opening frame. They broke the .300 barrier in the final two stanzas with a .333 in the second and .360 in the third. The Rebels, on the other hand, hit its best tally in the first with a .132 before falling before .065 in the final two sets.
The first set featured nine ties and four lead changes with UNLV battling back after falling behind early. The Utes took command of the frame at 5-4 and held serve until the Rebels pulled even at 23-23 after falling behind by as much as five on two different occasions with the last coming at the 23-18 juncture. The home squad followed with two set-point opportunities before the visitors had their own turn at the 26-25 mark. Utah then rattled off three straight scores to claim the set by a 28-26 score.
The second and third sets were Utah's from the get-go.
Makenzie Moea'i, whose mother, Danette (Coleman) Moea'i, lettered for the Utes volleyball team in 1988 and '89, led UNLV offensively with 10 kills. Moea'i also contributed five digs and two blocks.
Kendra Glendenning led the Rebels in assists with 15 and had four digs, as well.
Amanda Alles had 11 assists of her own and chipped in five blocks, two kills and one dig.
Kela Lau Hee had a team-high eight digs in the loss.
Utah got nine kills from Erin Redd and eight more from both Morgan Odale and Karolina Bartkowiak. Stephanie Neeley led the Utes with a match-high 29 assists, while Odale and Keisha Fisher owned 10 digs apiece.
UNLV is back in action Saturday night with a televised contest with the BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah. The match will be aired live by BYU-TV and is set for a 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) first serve.