Rebels Split Season Series With Wolf Pack|
Nov. 2, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team lost 3-1 to the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Thursday night in Mountain West action at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels staved off five set points in the opening frame to rally for a 1-0 lead, but, once again, found themselves chasing the Wolf Pack in each subsequent set. UNR withstood UNLV's come-from-behind attempts between the second and fourth to win the battle of Silver State foes with set scores of 29-31, 27-25, 25-19, 26-24.
UNR outhit UNLV by 14 points (.254 to .240) with help from 17 more kills (74-57) off 14 more attack attempts (181-167); however, the did commit 11 more errors (28-17) in the contest. The Wolf Pack hit between .174 (second set) and .405 (third) throughout the match and had eight errors in three of the stanzas, with a team-low four notched in the third. The Rebels; on the other hand, had as little as two errors in the fourth and as many as six in the first, while hitting between .171 (second) and .414 (fourth).
Defensively, the Rebels claimed the battle at the net with a 5.0 advantage (10.0 to 5.0) in total team blocks. The Wolf Pack; however, held a 21-dig advantage (82-61), as it had five players notch 11 or more digs in the bout.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES UPDATE: With the split in the two-match, season series between UNLV and UNR in volleyball, each program will receive 1.5 points towards the standings of the 2017-18 Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. The all-encompassing head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the Silver State's two NCAA Division I programs is deadlocked at 4.5, with UNLV claiming three points in women's soccer, while UNR took three in women's cross country. The next meeting between the Rebels and Wolf Pack will occur in football on November 25 in Reno with the victor gaining possession of the Fremont Cannon.
STAT OF THE GAME: A total of nine players registered double-digit kill tallies in the match, with UNR having five do so. In all, these nine players accounted for 123 of the 131 total kills in the affair. The Wolf Pack's Madison Foley had a match-high 20 kills, while four of her teammates had 16, 12 and 11 (twice) kills apiece. Both Mariena Hayden and Elsa Descamps had 15 kills to lead the Rebels, while Jill Berg and Ashley Owens had 12 and 11, respectively.
REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Descamps and Owens combined for 26 kills of UNLV's 57 kills, and they did so while hitting .371 in the match, with only three errors in 62 attack attempts. Additionally, they each chipped in defensively with Descamps adding four total blocks (one solo) and one dig to Owens' six total blocks (two solo) and two digs.
QUOTABLE: "This was a hard-fought match, and it really came down to Reno playing better defense," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We didn't stop their left side hitters and got out dug by 20. It was good to see four of our players with double-digit kills tonight."
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will return to the Cox Pavilion Saturday for a matinee against the San Jose State Spartans. First serve for the match is set for 12:00 pm, and all fans with a UNLV-Hawai'i football ticket will receive free admission to the volleyball match. Also, the first 250 fans through the doors will receive a free drawstring backpack.
TICKETS: Single-match tickets for the 2017 UNLV volleyball season are on sale now by visiting www.UNLVTickets.com or calling 702-739-FANS. In addition, special ticket pricing is available for groups of at least 20 by contacting Dan Johnson at Daniel.Johnson@unlv.edu or calling 702-895-1885.
All single-match tickets can be purchased in-advance and online for as low as $5. As always, kids 12 and under and UNLV students with a valid Rebel Card are admitted for free.