Rebels Break The Broncos In Five Sets
Oct. 24, 2013
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team sprinted out to a quick 2-0 lead on the road Thursday night in Boise, Idaho, but Boise State forced the visitors to play a marathon, five-set match en route to its 3-2 victory. The Rebels (12-7 overall, 7-2 Mountain West) outlasted a resilient Bronco squad (10-10, 4-6) that won the third and fourth sets before holding as much as a five-point lead as well as three match-point opportunities in the fifth and decisive frame. The Scarlet & Gray, who was led by a double-double from Daryn Glenn, won the contest by set scores of 25-21, 25-16, 15-25, 23-25, 17-15.
The match featured a total of 21 tied scores and 10 lead changes with nearly half of both of those figures occurring in the fifth set. Through the first four stanzas, the bout only witnessed 11 ties until the fifth had nine of its own. In similar fashion, the lead changes only numbered five from set one to four - two apiece in the first and fourth and one in the third - before that exact figure happened in the fifth.
The opening three frames were claimed by the first squad to reach the 20-point barrier, but the fourth broke that trend. After the Broncos came out of the intermission to win the third, they carried the momentum over into the fourth. BSU led by as much as six at the 15-9 juncture before the Rebels awoke. The set took a turn, for the better, over the next 17 points - the final seven were scored consecutively by the Rebels - with UNLV flipping a six-point deficit into a three-point lead (22-19). Unfortunately, the Broncos scored three straight of its own to pull even at 22-all. The Rebels broke the run with a score to push ahead 23-22 until BSU reeled off three straight to extend the match.
In the fifth, the Broncos broke out to a 9-4 lead only to see UNLV rattle off five in a row to square the set at 9-all. BSU followed the Rebel outburst by winning five of the next eight points to create its set- and match-point opportunity. UNLV won two straight points to tie it up at 14-all. A Rebel serving error gave BSU another chance to end the affair, but three straight attacking errors by the hosts, two of which were caused by UNLV blocks, handed the match to the visitors.
Glenn amassed her double-double with a combination of 10 kills and 16 digs, while also contributing two assisted blocks.
Sekola Falemaka led the Rebels with 19 kills, which tied for the match high, but fell one dig shy of a achieving a double-double with nine digs.
A trio of Rebels was instrumental on both sides of the net with Julia Topor leading the way with 13 kills and six assisted blocks. Madeline Westman had seven kills and nine assisted blocks, while Katlin Winters had six kills and four blocks (one solo).
Stephanie Thelen dished out a match-best 51 assists to go along with seven digs, five kills and three assisted blocks.
Allison Davies led the back-row defense with a match-high 17 digs.
The Broncos were paced by double-doubles from Alyssa Gammel (14k, 10d) and Sarah Horton (19k, 10d). Sarah Baugh had a team-best 44 assists, while Hannah Hubbard led the squad with 16 digs.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday night in Logan, Utah, against the Utah State Aggies. The match will conclude the first half of the Mountain West season and is scheduled for a 7:00 pm first serve.
NOTES: The win pulled UNLV within one match of evening the all-time series that BSU now leads 5-4 ... With help from the five-set match, Westman moved into sixth place in UNLV's record book in sets played with 405 ... With help from her 50 attempts, Falemaka moved into eighth place in UNLV's record book in total attempts with 2,325 ... Falemaka also moved into ninth place in digs with 811 with help from her nine against BSU.