Oct. 22, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (5-12 overall, 3-6 Mountain West) dropped a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 15-25) decision Thursday night to the San Diego State Aztecs (9-10, 4-5) from the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels jumped out to quick 1-0 lead, but watched as the Aztecs rallied for three straight to claim the match despite Samantha Richard's fourth double-double of the season.
The Aztecs out-hit the Rebels by a .263 to .178 margin, although the visitors only tallied one less attack error (23 to 24) for the match. SDSU managed to amass 15 more kills (62 to 48) on 17 more swings (152 to 135). The Aztecs began the match hitting only .158 in the first set and improved as the match progressed with .173 (second), .353 (third) and .464 (fourth) efforts. The Rebels, on the other hand, began with a .222 in their first-set victory, but racked up lesser hitting figures than their foes the rest of the match.
Richard notched her seventh career double-double by combining a team-high 37 assists and 10 digs. Richard added four blocks (one solo), one kill and one ace to her stat line. This is the 11th match that she has dished out 10 or more digs this season.
Kelsey Keeler threw down a career-best 15 kills on .237 hitting, while chipping in eight digs, three assists and two blocks (one solo), as well. This was the fifth time this year that she has tallied double-digit kills.
Cursty Jackson and Sara Nehf joined Keeler in the double-figure kill club, as they had 11 and 10, respectively. Jackson added five assisted blocks and one digs, while Nehf had two blocks (one solo) and five digs.
Kela Lau Hee racked up a match-high 14 digs to give her 10th double-digit effort on the year.
The Aztecs offense was led by 13-kill performances by Paije Pearson and Hannah Evans. Both fell a few digs short of double-doubles, as Evans had nine to Pearson's eight. Pearson added six assisted blocks and two aces, as well.
Andrea Hannasch, Lauren Salisbury and Kyley Sexton each had 11 kills. Salisbury's .625 hitting was tops in the match.
Lauren Van Orden dished out all but one of SDSU's assisted kills with 56 of the 57 team's helpers. Van Orden also had seven digs.
Kristi Jackels led the Aztecs in digs with 10.
The Rebels return to action Saturday (Oct. 24) with a 1:00 pm tilt with the Air Force Falcons.