Hayden, Owens Power Rebels Past Aztecs|
Oct. 14, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (7-14, 3-5 MW) rallied for a 3-1 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs (9-12, 3-5 MW) at the Cox Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The Rebels fell behind 1-0 after the opening frame, but fought back to draw even in the second set before they carried the momentum through the third and fourth sets. The Scarlet & Gray won the match with set scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-21.
UNLV outhit SDSU by 61 points (.151 to .090) primarily due to its offense committing 17 fewer attack errors (21-38). The Southern California squad threw down nine more kills (53-44) and also had 15 more swings (167-152); however, those advantages only produced one plus-100 hitting effort. The Aztecs opened with a .297 hitting efficiency, but was held within -.045 (fourth set) to .093 (third). UNLV, like SDSU, began with its best effort -- a .222 in the first -- and followed it with .053 (second), .176 (third) and .143 (fourth) averages.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV overcame a late charge by SDSU in the third set, which turned a four-point edge (20-16) into a one-point deficit (23-22), to win the fourth frame and push ahead 2-1. Moments after the Aztecs went ahead by one point, Jill Berg threw down a kill to even the score at 23-all. Two straight attack errors by SDSU handed the set win to the Rebels. UNLV stayed with the hot hand and staked itself to a quick 5-0 lead to start the fourth. That cushion grew to as much as seven points (10-3) en route to the
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV forced SDSU to commit 33 attack errors between the second and fourth sets after the Aztecs only misfired five times in the opening frame. SDSU led off with a .222 hitting efficiency, but combined to hit .031 the rest of the match.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Ashley Owens hit a match-best .476 with 11 kills against one error off 21 swings. Owens also added six total blocks, one of which was of the solo variety.
QUOTABLE: "Tonight, our passing was much better," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I liked that Riley (Jacobs) was more active offensively; it helped keep SDSU a little off balance. We served well and blocked very well. This is a good rivalry, so it's always good when you can win."
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV continues its homestand next week with visits from the No. 21 Colorado State Rams and Wyoming Cowgirls. The Rebels host CSU Thursday night at 6:00 pm, while UW will come to Las Vegas two days later for a Saturday matinee at 12:00 pm.
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.