Lobos Claim Senior Day Decision
Nov. 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (11-15 overall, 3-9 Mountain West) lost a 3-1 decision to the New Mexico Lobos (14-11, 6-6) Saturday afternoon in women's volleyball action at the Cox Pavilion. New Mexico jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but watched UNLV fight back after the intermission for a win in the third set. The fourth frame was tightly contested down to the final point with New Mexico breaking a 23-all tie with two consecutive points for the set and match win. The Lobos claimed the affair with 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23 set scores.
UNM out-hit UNLV .245 to .209 and managed to throw down 18 more kills (60-42) on 14 more swings (143-129), but committed 10 more errors (25-15). The Lobos tallied two sets of .300 or better hitting with a .389 effort in the first and a .326 efficiency in the fourth. They hit .143 (first set) or worse in the other two stanzas. UNLV, on the other hand, started off slowly with a .061 clip in the initial frame before cranking out three straight .200 or better averages in the remaining sets. They topped out at .286 in the third.
In all, the match featured 33 ties and 11 lead changes. The first, second and fourth sets produced 11 ties and at least three lead changes, while the third was owned from the get-go by the Rebels.
The Rebels were led by Madeline Westman on both sides of the net, as she racked up 11 kills on .429 hitting and eight blocks (two solo). She also added two digs and an ace.
Candice Thomas was a force at the net, as well. Thomas had nine kills on .333 hitting and assisted on six blocks.
Makenzie Moea'i joined Westman in the double-digit kill category with 10 of her own. Moea'i added two assisted blocks, an ace and a dig.
Stephanie Thelen dished out 33 of the team's 40 assists, besides chipping in six digs, four assisted blocks, two aces and a kill.
Defensively, Allison Davies and Taylor Richard led the Rebels in digs with 17 and 11, respectively. Davies also had three assists, while Richard had a kill and an ace.
The Lobos got a double-double from Mariah Agre, who combined 44 assists and 13 digs for the feat. Agre pitched in two kills, an ace and an assisted block. Kelley Williamson and Ashley Rhoades threw down 19 and 16 kills, respectively to lead the visiting squad. Allison Buck tied for the match-high in digs with 17.
Prior to the match, the UNLV volleyball program recognized its only senior Amanda Alles, who played in her final home match of her career and collected three kills, two assists and an assisted block. UNM's three seniors Rhoades, Buck and Kelly Williamson were also acknowledged before the first serve.
UNLV becomes road warriors for the remainder of the year with a final regular-season trip to Air Force and Boise State next week. The Rebels begin the week's action against Air Force at the USAF Academy, Colo., on Nov. 10 (7:00 pm MT/6:00 pm PT). Two days later, in Boise, Idaho the team will face the Broncos on Nov. 12 (7:00 pm MT/6:00 pm PT).
Notes: Westman moved up the charts in UNLV record book with today's blocks ... Westman ranks seventh all-time in total blocks (231) and eighth in both solo blocks (36) and assisted blocks (195) ... In the single-season record book, Westman is 10th in assisted blocks (88 in 2011) and tied for eighth with Thomas (2011) and Lauren Miramontes (2004) with 20 apiece ... Others moving into the single-season book were: Allison Davies in digs (10th, 321) and Stephanie Thelen in assists (10th, 943) ...Thelen moved into sixth in the all-time assists chart with 1,053 helpers, which is one more than Alles' 1,052 (seventh place).