Rebels Ruffle Falcons' Feathers
Oct. 24, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (6-12 overall, 4-6 Mountain West) knocked off the Air Force Falcons (8-14, 0-9) 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-20) Saturday afternoon in the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels improved its head-to-head record to 26-2 with 21 consecutive wins in the series. Cursty Jackson led a trio of Rebels that racked up double-figures in kills with 13 tallies.
The Rebels out-hit the Falcons by a .326 to .097, which was greatly influenced by only 10 hitting errors by the home squad. UNLV only notched two more kills (39 to 37) than Air Force, although they attempted 14 less swings (89 to 103). The Rebels hit above .289 (second set) in each set, while tallying two different .300 efforts with a .357 in the first and .348 in the third. Air Force, on the other hand, could only muster a .171 in the second for its only set above .100.
Besides her 13 kills, Jackson hit at a .478 clip with five blocks, three of which were of the solo variety.
Kelsey Keeler and Sara Nehf rounded out the trio of Rebels with 10-plus kills, as they each threw down 10. Keeler added three digs, one solo block and one assist. Nehf tallied four digs and one solo block.
"Kelsey and Cursty are people we have counted on the past few weeks," noted UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "They have gotten us out of some tight spots. Cursty has been great all season, while Kelsey has come on lately. I think Sara should be the next one to step up. Sara played aggressively and had one of her better hitting games."
Samantha Richard notched a match-high 24 assists and collected four kills, two digs and one assisted block.
Kela Lau Hee stopped a match-high 12 digs.
Air Force was led offensively by Nichole Stilwell and Caroline Kurtz, who each had 11 kills. Stilwell amassed a match-best .625 hitting efficiency on 16 attempts and only one error. Kurtz racked up six digs, two aces and one assist.
Jessica Hellmann and Dani Griffith split the setting duties for the Falcons, as they had 20 and 12 assists, respectively.
Kelly Spence led the Falcons in digs with 10.
UNLV is back in action next Thursday, Oct. 29, when they play against the BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah. The 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) match will be televised live on The Mtn. - The MountainWest Sports Network.