Rebels Suffer 3-1 Setback To Aztecs
Nov. 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (15-8 overall, 7-3 Mountain West) suffered a 3-1 setback to the San Diego State Aztecs (17-7, 8-3) on Thursday night in Mountain West volleyball action at the Cox Pavilion. By virtue of winning, SDSU jumped half a game ahead of UNLV in the MW standings for first place.
The win also gives the Aztecs a sweep of this season's matches between the two squads, and it pushes their lead in the head-to-head series to 23-14.
The visitors from San Diego out-hit UNLV .211 to .139, and they notched eight more kills (57-49) off five less swings (161-166), while committing three fewer errors (23-26). The Rebels showed their best offensive efforts before intermission with a .220 hitting efficiency in the opening stanza followed by a .368 clip in a second-set win. Unfortunately, the Scarlet & Gray did not fare so well in the third and fourth frames, as they hit .023 or worse after the break. SDSU, on the other hand, opened up with its best effort - a .378 in the first - before staying in the .100s the remainder of the match.
"This was a disappointing loss for us," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Our passing wasn't as sharp as it's been and that hurt us. I thought Madeline (Westman) and Stephanie (Thelen) had good hitting tonight, but overall we were down. SDSU was very scrappy and we didn't answer tonight.
UNLV was paced by double-doubles from Kinsey Caldwell and Sekola Falemaka, the 12th for both. Caldwell combined 38 assists and 11 digs for her double-double and also threw down three kills. Falemaka had 11 kills and 13 digs to go along with three assisted blocks and one assist.
Madeline Westman, who had three blocks (one solo), led the Rebel attack with 12 kills and a .346 hitting efficiency.
Defensively, the Rebels were led by Daryn Glenn's 16 digs. Besides the double-digit output from Caldwell and Falemaka, Allison Davies had 15 to round out the quartet.
At the net, Katlin Winters led the team with five blocks (two solo), while adding eight kills and a dig.
SDSU got a double-double from its setter Johnna Fouch, who had 44 assists and 13 digs. Fouch also chipped in four assisted blocks and a kill.
Michelle Waber had a match-high 17 kills for the Aztecs off a .298 hitting effort. Waber also had four digs, two blocks (one solo) and an ace. Andrea Hannasch joined Waber in double-figure kills with 12, while leading the squad in blocks with five.
The Aztecs got a match-best 23 digs from Kristi Jackels, who also had five assists, two aces and one kill.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday night (7:00 pm) at the Cox Pavilion against in-state rival Nevada, Reno. The match has Governor's Series implications with three points in the year-long standings up for grabs.