Rebels Rally Falls Short
Nov. 4, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (8-17, 3-8 MWC) suffered a 3-1 loss to the #14 Colorado State Rams (21-2, 10-0 MWC) Thursday night in Mountain West Conference volleyball action from Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo. CSU won the match by set scores of 25-14, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25.
The Rams jumped out to early leads in both the first and second sets en route to a quick 2-0 lead. CSU built a double-digit cushion in each before winning by 11 and eight-points, respectively. The home squad was aided by its attackers hitting at a .224 clip combined in the first two stanzas. The visitors, on the other hand, were well below the .000 barrier at -.027.
UNLV came out of intermission a different team and hit at an astonishing .462 effort with 16 kills to four errors in 26 attempts in the third. The Rebels owned a 9-1 lead early on and never relinquished it after building three different seven-point leads. CSU pulled within one three different times, but could never overtake UNLV in the 25-22 set.
The fourth set was a see-saw affair between the two teams, as the pair traded the lead five times and had nine ties. All of the lead changes took place within the first 29 points with CSU claiming the final change at the 15-14 juncture. The Rams pushed out to its largest lead at 24-20 before watching the Rebels battle back to pull even at 24-all. CSU managed to win three of the next four points to close out the frame and the match with a 27-25 score.
CSU out-hit UNLV by a .209 to .094 efficiency, although both teams racked up 49 kills apiece. The Rams attempted 15 less attacks (134-to-149) and committed 14 fewer errors (21-to-35) in the match.
UNLV's was led by Sara Nehf's 10th career double-double and third of the season. Nehf threw down a match-high 18 kills and tied for the team lead in digs with 10. The 18-kill match marked the 16th time that she has amassed double digits in kills on the year with four occurring in her last four outings. She also pitched in one assist and one assisted block.
Candice Thomas joined Nehf in the double-digit kill category with 10 of her own. Thomas has now hit double figures seven times this season.
Kela Lau Hee tied Nehf for the team lead in digs with 10 of her own.
Kelsey Keeler and Madeline Westman were instrumental at the net for UNLV. Keeler managed a career-high eight blocks (one solo) to Westman's seven assisted tallies. Both of them produced offensively, too. Keeler had six kills and Westman had eight.
CSU was led by Danielle Minch's 17 kills. Minch also added three digs and three assisted blocks. Jacque Davisson fell one kill shy of matching Nehf in the double-double category with an 11-dig, nine kill effort. Evan Sanders owned a match-high 38 assists and also had eight digs, five assisted blocks and two kills.
UNLV is back in action Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm MT (12:00 pm PT) when they face the Wyoming Cowgirls in Laramie, Wyo.