Rebels Fly By Air Force
Nov. 10, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The UNLV Rebels (12-15 overall, 4-9 Mountain West) won their Thursday night match against the Air Force Falcons (3-23, 0-13) by a 3-1 score in women's volleyball action at Falcon Court on the USAF Academy, Colo. UNLV snapped a four-match losing streak with assistance from a double-double from Stephanie Thelen, three attackers with at least 12 kills apiece and two defenders with seven or more blocks. The Rebels' 3-1 win was claimed with set scores of 25-16, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17.
The victory was the 25th straight by UNLV in the head-to-head series and gave the Rebels their 30th win in 32 matches against Air Force.
UNLV out-hit Air Force .211 to .057. The Rebels swung well in the first and fourth sets with .308 and .324 efforts, respectively, but managed .171 or below hitting efficiencies in the second and third. The Falcons, on the other hand, only cracked the .100 barrier once, and that was in the second with a .103 average. The home squad was held below .065 (first set) in the other three stanzas. Overall, UNLV threw down 17 more kills (57-40) and committed five less errors (27-32) on two more swings (142-140) than Air Force.
The match featured 22 ties and 13 lead changes with the middle two sets claiming the majority of both figures. The second and third had seven ties, while the former witness the lead exchanged five times to the latter's four.
The first and fourth frames were claimed by the Rebels once they scored the 10th point in both of them.
The second set witnessed Air Force stake out to three five-point leads with the latest coming at the 21-17 juncture, before UNLV turned things around in its favor en route to the 25-22 win.
The 643 fans in attendance were treated to a third set that went past the 25-point mark. The third watched the Falcons break an 18-all tie to lead until the scoreboard read 24-24. UNLV had two chances to close out the set and match at 25-24 and 26-25, but failed both times. After they tied the score up at 26-all, Air Force scored the next two points to force a fourth set.
Thelen notched her team-leading ninth double-double, and achieved the feat with a combination of 45 assists and 11 digs. She also chipped in four kills on .333 hitting, while adding three assisted blocks and two aces.
Madeline Westman was instrumental on both sides of the net with 16 kills and .387 hitting, both of which were team highs, and seven blocks (two solo).
Makenzie Moea'i hit .379 and smashed 15 kills, and also contributed four digs and two blocks (one solo).
Daryn Glenn, who had two assists, came one dig shy of tallying her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and nine digs.
Katlin Winters started her first contest of the season and came up big with nine blocks (two solo), three kills and two assists.
The Falcons were led by Cami Richan's 14 kills, and she also had seven digs, three solo blocks and two aces. Hillary Keltner and Josalynn Wise split the setting duties with 24 and 10, respectively. Maiya Perich led her squad with 14 digs.
UNLV returns to action Saturday night against Boise State in Boise, Idaho with a 7:00 pm. The contest is the final regular season tilt for both teams prior to next week's Mountain West Volleyball Championships in Albuquerque.
Notes: Madeline Westman moved up in UNLV's career and single-season record book with help from her seven blocks ... Westman improved to sixth overall in total blocks (238) and seventh in solo blocks (38) for her career, while staying eighth in assisted blocks (200) ... She ranks seventh in solo blocks (22) and ninth in both total blocks (116) and assisted blocks (93) for 2011.