Rebels Waltz Out Of The Pit With A Win
Oct. 25, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (15-7 overall, 7-2 Mountain West) waltzed out of The Pit on Thursday evening with a 3-1 victory over the New Mexico Lobos (18-7, 5-4 MW) in Mountain West volleyball action. The win keeps UNLV atop the conference standings with the season sweep of New Mexico. The Rebels claimed the match with set scores of 25-21, 15-25, 25-21, 25-13.
The win extends the Rebels lead in the head-to-head series to 18-13, and it gives them a two-match winning streak in the series.
UNLV out-hit UNM .179 to .140, and they also racked up four more kills (54-50) on four more swings (168-164). The Rebels, who committed three less errors (24-27) in the match, saved their best hitting effort for last - a .410 in the fourth set - after compiling three frames of .151 or lower efficiencies. The Lobos, on the other hand, opened up with a miniscule .061 before a team-best .275 effort in the second frame. The Cherry & Silver could only muster .118 and .100 clips in the third and fourth stanzas, respectively.
"I thought we blocked and passed well tonight," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Daryn (Glenn) and Sekola (Falemaka) came back and finished strong, which we needed. Kinsey (Caldwell) was more aggressive at the net tonight, and it was good for us."
The opening set featured the majority of the ties (12) and lead changes (six). Seven of those ties occurred between the 13-all and 19-all juncture of the frame. Once UNLV notched the 20th point - a kill by Stephanie Thelen, they scored five of the final seven points.
UNM only needed a 1-0 lead to control the second set and even up the score at 1-set apiece. The Lobos managed to increase their lead throughout the stanza and topped out at a 10-point differential on three occasions.
UNLV came out of intermission on fire by claiming seven of the set's first eight points; however, UNM quickly turned flipped the script and knotted the score at 13-all before staking itself to a two-point lead at 15-13. Once again, the two squads would play back-and-forth volleyball with five ties occurring up to the 20-all juncture. The Rebels broke the stalemate and with a four-point run that put them ahead for good.
The fourth and final set went in favor of UNLV after they took a one-point lead at 3-2. The Rebels maintained a seven-point cushion the majority of the frame before building it up to 12.
The Rebels got double-doubles from Caldwell, Glenn and Falemaka. Caldwell paired 41 assists with 10 digs for the feat, while also contributing five blocks (one solo), four kills and one ace. Glenn, who also had three blocks and an assist, combined 15 kills and 12 digs for her double-double. Falemaka rounded out the trio with 10 kills and 12 digs.
For the fourth time this season, the Rebels had five players notch double figures in digs. Allison Davies led the defensive effort with 16 kills. Stephanie Thelen joined Davies, Caldwell, Glenn and Falemaka in double digits with 10 digs of her own.
Three different players had at least five blocks on the night, and the trio was led by seven blocks (one solo) from Madeline Westman (eight digs, six kills, two assists and one ace). Katlin Winters had five blocks, as well, to go along with 10 kills and one dig.
The Lobos were paced by a 21-kill and 19-dig night from Chantale Riddle, who also had four blocks (one solo) and one assist. Jordan Russell also had a double-double for UNM with a combination of 28 assists and 13 digs. Miquella Lovato had a match-high 21 digs.
UNLV returns to action next week with a pair of 7:00 pm home matches at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels open up play with a Thursday evening (Nov. 1) encounter with San Diego State followed by a Saturday night (Nov. 3) tussle with in-state rival Nevada, Reno. The UNR match has Governor's Series implications between the two schools. UNLV won the first match in Reno by a 3-2 score.
NOTES: The 2012 squad ranks as the third fastest to reach the 15-win mark behind the 1998 and 2007 editions that only needed 18 matches ... The 2012 team is tied with the '98 (WAC) and '07 (MW) squads for the best start to a conference season with each beginning 6-2 ... In the single-season record book, Allison Davies moved into ninth place with 340 digs this season ... Madeline Westman moved into sixth in assisted blocks (105) and ninth in total blocks (122) ... Westman is listed three times in each category and once in solo blocks.