Rebels Spooked By Utah Saturday|
Oct. 31, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - The UNLV Rebels (6-14 overall, 4-8 Mountain West) were swept on the road by the Utah Utes (15-7, 8-2) Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The Rebels dropped the 3-0 match by set scores of 16-25, 19-25, 24-26.
The Utes out-hit the Rebels by a .203 to .053 margin. Utah managed to throw down nine more kills (40 to 31) and tally nine less errors (16 to 25) in only four more attempts (118 to 114). The Utes hit above the .239 barrier in two of their three sets, while topping out at .303 in the first frame, while notching at least 11 kills in each stanza. UNLV, on the other hand, hit between .030 (second set) and .062 (third set). The Rebels amassed a combined 16 kills and 13 errors in the first two sets before notching 15 and 12, respectively, in the third set alone.
The Rebels were led by a near double-double from Kelsey Keeler, who had nine kills and nine digs. Keeler has now smashed 70 kills in her last six matches with the previous five contests going for double-digits.
Cursty Jackson followed closely behind Keeler in kills with eight of her own. Jackson also contributed four digs, two assisted blocks and two aces.
Samantha Richard led the Rebels in assists with 16, while pitching in eight digs, one kill and one assisted block.
Kela Lau Hee chipped in 12 digs to lead the Rebels in that category. Lau Hee has now reached double-digits in digs in 13 of the 20 matches she has participated in this season.
Utah got a double-double from Karolina Bartkowiak, as she combined a match-high 12 kills on .417 hitting with 10 digs. Bartkowiak also added three assisted blocks.
Cinthia Silva joined Bartkowiak in the double-figure kill club with 10 tallies of her own. Silva hit .233 in the match and had two digs and two assisted blocks, as well.
Abby Simmons and Stephanie Neeley split the setting duties for the Utes, as they contributed 20 and 12 assists, respectively. The pair also had five digs apiece.
Keisha Fisher amassed a match-high 14 digs.
UNLV will stay on the road for a Thursday night, in-state tussle with Nevada, Reno on Nov. 5, at 7:00 pm.