Rebels Suffer Four Set Loss To Spartans|
Nov. 4, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team was on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision to the San Jose State Spartans Saturday in Mountain West action at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels (8-19, 4-10 MW) fell behind 2-0 after the first two sets, but came out of the intermission a different team. The Scarlet & Gray won the third set to cut into the Spartans (16-9, 8-6 MW) lead; however, the Bay Area visitors closed out the contest with their best effort of the match. SJSU claimed the bout behind sets scores of 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18.
The Spartans outhit UNLV by 63 points (.260 to .197) with help from 18 more kills (63-24) and eight more attack attempts (150-142) despite their attackers committing seven more attack errors (24-17). SJSU hit .255 or better with seven or fewer errors in three of the four sets of play, and that included its best display, a .407 hitting efficiency (14-3-27) in the fourth. UNLV, on the other hand, topped out at match-best .455 clip in the third set that consisted of 11 kills against one error in 22 swings. The Rebels hit .231 in the fourth and final frame, but was hindered by .154 or lower efficiencies in the first two sets.
Defensively, SJSU had 19 more digs (72-53), but was out blocked by UNLV 7.0 to 5.0. The former had one solo block and eight assisted putbacks compared to the latter's one solo and 12 assisted stuffs.
STAT OF THE GAME: SJSU registered 14 or more kills in all four sets of the match and had a match-high 17 in the first with a pair of 16s in the second and third and 14 in the fourth. UNLV topped out at 12 kills in both the first and fourth with 11 in the third and 10 in the second.
REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Mariena Hayden had a team-high 15 kills off .262 hitting, and also added nine digs and one ace.
QUOTABLE: "We are not connecting on offense and we make bad errors at inopportune times," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We had some great chances and let them slip away."
*With help from one ace -- her 35th of the season, Hayden moved within one of tying Rebel alumnae Camille Cunningham and Kari Zimmerman for ninth place in the program's chart for single-season aces. Cunningham and Zimmerman had 36 aces in 2007 and 1985, respectively.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: With the conclusion of this week's homestand, UNLV will play three of its final four matches on the road. The Rebels begin this stretch Thursday (November 9) at San Diego State, with first serve set for 6:00 pm PT. The team will also play at New Mexico on November 13 (6:00 pm PT/7:00 pm MT) and Fresno State on November 20 (6:00 pm PT). The final home match will take place November 18 against Air Force (3:00 pm PT).
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.