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Hayden, Owens Power Rebels Past Aztecs

Oct. 14, 2017

Box Score

LAS VEGAS ( - 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."

*With her five total blocks (one solo), Owens moved closer to second place in the program's record book. To date, she is in third place with 423 total blocks, which are three shy of Lauren Miramontes' 426 (2003-07). She sits second in assisted blocks with 372 and seventh in solo blocks with 51.
*Owens has notched at least 10 kills in four straight matches and hit better than .412 in three of those. Prior to this stretch, she had only five contests with double-digit kills and only one of those was above .400 -- vs. Eastern Washington (10-2-15/.533) on August 26.
*Mariena Hayden registered her team-best eighth double-double against SDSU with a combination of a team-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Five of Hayden's double-doubles have come in the span of the last six matches; however, she has had double-digit dig tallies in all six.
*Leka Kiner-Falefa had a team-best 26 digs against SDSU, and that tally extends her streak to four straight matches with 20 or more digs in a contest. Kiner-Falefa has nine 20-plus dig matches for the year, as five came in the first 17 matches of the season.

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 or calling 702-739-FANS. In addition, special ticket pricing is available for groups of at least 20 by contacting Dan Johnson at 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.

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