Rebels Suffer Home Loss To New Mexico
Oct. 31, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team opened up the second half of the Mountain West schedule at home on Halloween night with a 3-1 loss (25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16) to the New Mexico Lobos. With the win, UNM (18-4 overall, 8-3 MW) remains in second place in the MW standings along with Fresno State and Utah State after each won their respective matches on Thursday. UNLV, meanwhile, drops to fifth with the loss and saw its record move to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in league play.
The Lobos outhit the Rebels by 74 points (.264-.190) despite committing one more error (21-20) in the match. UNM registered 15 more kills (63-48) off an advantage of 12 attempts (159-147). The visitors from Albuquerque topped out with a .345 hitting efficiency in the opening set and never dropped below .213 (second set). UNLV, on the other hand, had its best showing in the second with a .333, but it could only muster between .086 (fourth) to .179 (third) efficiencies in the other stanzas.
"We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "You can't have unforced errors like we had and expect to beat a team like New Mexico."
UNLV was paced by a double-double from Stephanie Thelen, who combined 43 assists with 13 digs for the feat. Thelen also added three assisted blocks and one kill to go along with her third double-double of the year and 17th of her career.
Sekola Falemaka and Madeline Westman paced the Rebel attack with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. The former hit .317 added six digs and three total blocks (one solo) in the match, while the latter owned a team-best .370 hitting average, three total blocks (two solo) and one dig.
Defensively, UNLV had a trio of players notch double figures in digs with Allison Davies recording a match-high 21. Daryn Glenn, who had seven kills, two assists and two assisted blocks, joined Davies and Thelen in the double-digit dig club.
Katlin Winters was instrumental on both sides of the net with an eight-kill and five assisted-block performance.
UNM got double-doubles from Hannah Johnson (51 assists/16 digs) and Julia Warren (13 kills/15 digs). Chantale Riddle led all attackers with a match-high 20 kills off a .306 outing. Riddle also had five digs and three assisted blocks. Miquella Lovato was the top defender for the Lobos with her 18 digs.
The match featured 26 tied scores and 10 lead changes, the majority of both figures occurred in the second set - 16 ties and seven lead changes.
The Lobos took hold of both the first and fourth sets early. In the opening frame, they began with five straight points en route to a 10-point victory. The second saw them build a two-point lead to as much as nine on three occasions, including the final outcome - 25-16.
The second set; however, was a see-saw affair that neither team could build upon any of its leads. UNM managed to stake itself to an 11-8 advantage only to see it wiped out. UNLV could only claim one-point leads seven times in the set until it broke a 22-all tie with three straight points. Two Rebel kills and one UNM error gave the Scarlet & Gray its largest lead and the win.
The fourth started off similar to the third, but after both lead changes and the ninth tied score hit at the 11-all mark, UNM never looked back. The Lobos put some breathing room between themselves and the Rebels before extending their lead to five and six down the stretch.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday night at 7:00 pm against the Air Force Falcons. The match has been deemed "Military Appreciation Night" and all personnel with proper ID can get in for only $2. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
NOTES: With help from 13 kills against UNM, Westman moved into sixth place in UNLV's career record book with 916 ... With help from her 41 attempts, Falemaka moved into a sixth-place tie in UNLV's career record book with 2,398 (tied with Angie Sylvas: 1997-99) ... With help from her three assisted blocks, Thelen moved into seventh place in UNLV's career record book with 203.