Rebels Bounce Past Kangaroos
Oct. 24, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (7-15) knocked off the UMKC Kangaroos (8-15) by a 3-1 margin Sunday afternoon in non-conference volleyball action from the Cox Pavilion. UNLV was led by double-doubles from Kelsey Keeler and Sara Nehf en route to winning the match with set scores of 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22.
The match featured 20 ties and nine lead changes. The first three sets only saw one lead change in each before the fourth frame provided six of its own. The opening and final sets combined for 15 of the ties throughout the match.
UMKC held a slight edge in the first set before UNLV knotted it up for the eighth and final time at the 16-16 juncture. The Rebels then rattled off nine of the final 11 points for a quick 1-0 lead.
The Rebels took ownership of the second set after the first 20 points had been recorded for a 10-10 deadlock. UNLV scored four consecutive to push out to an insurmountable lead at 14-10 and eventually held a seven-point cushion at the 21-14 mark before winning by four, 25-21.
The Kangaroos, who went into intermission down 2-0, came out punchy in the third to pull within one set at 2-1. UMKC took control of the stanza after snapping a 5-5 tie. They maintained a five-point advantage for most of the set before hitting the eight-point barrier twice with the last coming at 25-17.
After falling behind by as much as six points on three different occasions in the fourth, UNLV got its offense going down the home stretch. The Rebels, who trailed 15-9 at one time, pulled even at 16-16. Three more ties followed with the final occurring at 19-19 before UNLV won six of the final nine points for the 25-22 victory.
Candice Thomas led the UNLV attack with a career- and season-high 15 kills, while hitting at an astonishing .545 clip. Thomas had 22 attempts in the match and only committed three errors. She also had four assisted blocks and one dig.
Nehf notched her ninth career double-double and second of the season with a combination of 12 kills and 13 digs. She added two aces and one assist, as well.
Keeler picked up her fourth double-double and fifth of her career in the win when she registered a career- and season-high 22 digs and also had 13 kills.
Kendra Glendenning and Amanda Alles split the setting duties for UNLV with the former dishing out 27 assists to the latter's 21. Besides setting the ball, Alles came up big at the net with five kills on a career- and season-high .444 hitting.
UMKC got a 15-kill performance on .433 hitting by Elizabeth Beck, who also had seven digs, two assisted blocks and one assist.
Ella Meier led the Kangaroos in assists with 22, while Nicole Kerkman held the top spot in digs with 11.
UNLV out-hit UMKC by a .290 to .168 margin, while throwing down 15 more kills (61-to-45) on one more swing (138-to-137). The Rebels came out swinging with a set-high .481 hitting efficiency in the opening frame and hit no worse than .178 in the match, which occurred in the fourth and final stanza. The Kangaroos, on the other hand, topped out at .500 in the third, but also managed to hit below .100 twice in the match.
UNLV is back in action Friday, Oct. 29 when they open up the second-half of Mountain West Conference action when the New Mexico Lobos come to town for a 7:00 pm showdown in the Cox Pavilion.