Rebels Gallop Away With Win Over The Cowgirls
Oct. 19, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - With a major rodeo production coming to Las Vegas and the UNLV campus in a few days, it was only fitting that the Rebel volleyball team would welcome the Wyoming Cowgirls to town on Saturday night. However, UNLV wasn't as accommodating as the visitors from Laramie, Wyo., would have liked. The home squad claimed a 3-1 win (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-12) in Mountain West play from the Cox Pavilion. With the win, the Rebels improved to 11-7 on the year and 6-2 in the MW behind double-doubles from Sekola Falemaka and Daryn Glenn. The loss drops Wyoming to 13-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
The Scarlet & Gray outhit the Cowgirls by 104 points (.268-.164) behind a 10-kill (62-52) advantage. The Rebels' hitting figure was aided by seven fewer errors (18-25) off one less swing (164-165). UNLV stayed within a range of .231 and .234 in the first three sets before it cranked out a .400 effort in the fourth and final frame. Wyoming, on the other hand, topped out with a .359 clip in the third, but couldn't muster better than a .143 in the other sets.
"The offensive balance tonight was one of our best this season," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "It was good to see everyone hit over .200. We were able to keep a very good blocking team a little out of sync, which was key tonight."
Falemaka's double-double was her 10th of the year and 30th of her career. She combined match-highs in kills (16) and digs (25) for the feat. Her 25 digs were a career-best, while they were also the most registered by a Rebel on the season. She also assisted on three kills.
Glenn, who had two assisted blocks and one ace in the match, coupled 13 kills with 13 digs for her fifth double-double of 2013 and 15th of her career.
Ceannia Kincade was a third Rebel to throw down double-digits in digs with 12 of her own. Kincade added six digs, three assisted blocks and four assists, as well.
The offense ran through setter Stephanie Thelen, who dished out 49 of the team's 60 asssits. Besides helping her own attackers, she went on the offensive with five kills of her own off a .556 (5k, 0e, 9ta) night of hitting. Defensively, she contributed seven digs and four assisted blocks.
Madeline Westman was instrumental at the net with a eight kills and seven total blocks (one solo) to go along with five digs and three aces.
Allison Davies had 19 digs to join Falemaka and Glenn in dig double figures.
The win was the 22nd for UNLV in 38 head-to-head meetings (22-16) and the 15th that occurred in Las Vegas.
The match featured 15 tied scores and only three lead changes. The first and third sets went to the team to score the first point in each, while the second and fourth went to the team to reach three points the quickest in both of them.
Despite leading from the get-go, UNLV had to stave off seven ties in the first frame en route to its three-point win. The Rebels lead by as much as four scores in the opening stanza before putting as much as eight points between themselves and the Cowgirls in the following set.
UNLV stayed within striking distance of Wyoming in the third maintaining a deficit between one and three points. The Cowgirls pushed their advantage to seven (20-13) only to see the Rebels fight back to pull within a pair of scores.
The home squad jumped out of the gates quickly in the fourth and quickly built a double-digit cushion by the 22nd point of the set.
Wyoming's setter Rachel Keyes had the lone double-double (40 assists, 10 digs) for her team. Bridget Shanahan led the Cowgirls in kills with 13, while Becky Stewart was atop the digs category with 27.
UNLV hits the road for its next two matches with stops in Boise, Idaho and Logan, Utah to close out the first half of the conference schedule. The Rebels begin the trip with a contest against the Boise State Broncos on Thursday, Oct. 24. Two days later, on Saturday, Oct. 26, Utah State - one of two newcomers to the league - will play host to UNLV. Both bouts are set for 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) first serves.
NOTES: With help from playing four sets on Saturday night, Westman moved into seventh place with 400 sets played in UNLV's career record book ... With help from her eight kills, Westman moved into seventh place with 887 kills in UNLV's career record book ... With help from four assisted blocks, Thelen moved into seventh place with 203 assisted blocks in UNLV's career record book and became one of only nine to crack the 200 barrier ... With help from her 25 digs, Falemaka moved into ninth place with 802 digs in UNLV's career record book and became one of only 10 to crack the 800 barrier.