Rebels Suffer Five-Set Loss To Spartans
Nov. 9, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit only to fall in five sets - 3-2 - to the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday at The Event Center in San Jose, Calif. UNLV dropped the first two frames 25-21 and 25-20 before it evened up the score at 4-all behind 25-21 and 25-13 wins in the third and fourth, respectively. Unfortunately, the Spartans won eight of the final 13 points of the fifth after they had snapped a 7-all tie.
With the loss, UNLV dropped to 14-10 overall and 9-5 in the Mountain West, which puts it in a tie for fourth place with Utah State. SJSU, on the other hand, upped its mark to 8-17 and 5-9, respectively.
The Spartans outhit the Rebels by 21 points (.243-.222) despite amassing seven more errors (25-18). SJSU threw down 15 more kills (71-56) off 18 more attacks (189-171). The hosts registered three sets with .311 or better hitting efficiencies with a team-best .429 in the fifth and final frame. UNLV had back-to-back .316 or better showings in the final two stanzas, but could only muster a .235 or lower in the first three sets.
There were only five lead changes and 19 tied scores in the match. Two of the lead changes occurred in the second and three more were in the fifth.
In the final frame, UNLV got a quick 2-0 lead with help from two attacking errors by SJSU only to see it all tied up two points later. After the 2-all tie, the teams would only be separated by one point five times and tied on five occasions through the 7-7 juncture. The Rebels had held a 7-6 lead only to see the Spartans score five straight points to turn the slight deficit into a four-point edge en route to their 15-12 win.
"We started off so slow, but I was pleased with the way we came back to tie the match," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "It was a disappointing finish, as we really got outhit all afternoon. We need to get the kills to finish a close match and we didn't. This was a tough loss."
The Rebels were paced by double-doubles from Daryn Glenn and Sekola Falemaka. The former achieved the feat with a team-high 14 kills and 15 digs, while the latter did so with 12 kills and 20 digs. Glenn also added four assisted blocks and two aces. Falemaka chipped in one assist.
Madeline Westman joined Glenn and Falemaka in the double-digit kill club with 13 off a team-best .407 hitting clip. Westman also led the Rebel block with seven assisted stuffs.
Stephanie Thelen dished out 48 of UNLV's 54 registered assists to go along with nine digs, four assisted blocks and three kills.
Besides the double figures in digs from Falemaka and Glenn, the Rebels were led by 23 from Allison Davies.
The Spartans got double-doubles from Michaela Leonard (65 assists/11 digs) and Hanah Blume (18 kills/19 digs). Leonard's assists were a match high, while Blume's kills tied her teammate Mary Alice O'Reilly's output of 18, as well. Cori O'Donoghue led all players with 26 digs.
UNLV concludes its run of three matches in five days with a Monday matinee at San Diego State. First serve is scheduled for 5:00 pm.
NOTES: Today's match was the first time since Oct. 7, 2012 (San Diego State), that two Rebels had 20 or more digs ... Today, just like then, it was Davies and Falemaka to do so ... With their double-doubles, Falemaka has 14 for the year and 33 for her career, while Glenn has seven and 18, respectively ... With help from the five-set match, Westman moved into third place in UNLV's career record book for sets played (426) ... Westman moved into a 10th-place tie in matches played (111).