Rebels Close Out Road Swing With Loss
Nov. 11, 2013
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team closed out its run of three road matches in a span of five days with a 3-0 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs at Peterson Gym on Monday. With the loss, UNLV drops to 14-11 overall and 9-6 in the Mountain West, while SDSU improves to 13-12 and 8-7, respectively.
The Aztecs outhit the Rebels by 122 points (.242-.120), and amassed 17 more kills (52-35) off a difference of three swings (128-125). SDSU committed one more error (21-20) in the match than UNLV, but managed to hit .161 or better in all three of its sets, including a .304 in the second and a .220 in the third. The Rebels, on the other hand, topped out with a .213 showing in the second, but they were held to .130 or lower averages in the two other frames.
The match featured 25 tied scores and four lead changes with the majority of both figures - 17 ties and three lead changes - occurred in the second set.
In the first frame, SDSU scored the first two points en route to a quick six-point lead at the 8-2 juncture. Immediately, UNLV fought back to erase four points of its deficit to pull within two at 8-6. After the next 14 points had been contested the score was knotted at 14-all - the one and only tie of the first set. Unfortunately, the Aztecs countered the Rebel rally with a five-point run to distance themselves from their visitor - 19-14 - before an eventual 25-18 win.
The second set was the closet of the three played in the match. Up until the first set-point opportunity there had been 13 ties and three lead changes and neither team could put more than a three-point cushion between itself and its opponent. SDSU snapped a 20-all tie with three straight scores to lead 23-20 moments before its first set point appeared two serves later at 24-21. UNLV pulled even at 24-all with a short rally of its own, but it stayed on the defensive the remainder of the stanza. The Aztecs managed to record four more set-point opportunities with the fourth and final one leading to a 29-27 victory.
The third began similar to the set that immediately preceded it, but it finished much differently. UNLV scored the first point and maintained a minimal advantage through the first 15 points despite four ties. SDSU evened things up at 8-all and took its first lead one point later at 9-8. The teams would even it up twice more at 9-9 and 10-10 before the Aztecs broke the set open with a 6-0 run en route to a 25-21 set and match win.
"We had some problems at the net tonight with hitting and getting a solid block," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "San Diego State came out swinging and we didn't answer back. The second set was crucial. If we had pulled that out it would have changed everything."
UNLV was led offensively by 10 kills from Sekola Falemaka, who also chipped in six digs and two total blocks (one solo).
Daryn Glenn threw down seven kills to go along with seven digs and three assists.
Stephanie Thelen led all players with a match-best 29 assists and contributed three kills, three digs, two aces and two assisted blocks.
Allison Davies registered a match-high 19 digs and added a kill, a rarity for the Rebel libero.
SDSU was led by a double-double from its setter Johnna Fouch, who combined team highs in assists (28) and digs (15) for the feat. Besides the double-digit output by Fouch in assists and digs, the Aztecs got 14 more assists from Chloe Mathis - plus seven digs - and 13 digs from Alexa Saba. Raegan Shelton, who did not play against UNLV earlier meeting in September, had a match-high 16 kills, three assisted blocks and two digs.
After playing its last three on the road, UNLV will play one more away from Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it and Nevada, Reno rekindle their in-state rivalry, which has Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold implications. The Rebels won the earlier meeting between the two teams by a 3-0 score. In fact, that win was the ninth straight for UNLV in the head-to-head series, which the Scarlet & Gray also lead 16-7.
NOTES: With help from playing in the San Diego State match, Westman moved into an eighth-place tie with Camille Cunningham (2005-08) and Patricia Assuncao (2000-03) in the UNLV career record book for matches played (112) ... With help from playing in three sets against SDSU, Westman increased her career sets played figure to 429, and now trails Jada Walker's 431 amassed from 2004-07 for second place ... With help from her 33 total attempts against SDSU, Daryn Glenn moved into ninth place in career total attempts with 2,298 ... With help from her seven digs against SDSU, Glenn moved into ninth place in career digs with 805 ... With help from her six digs against SDSU, Falemaka moved into sixth place in career digs with 882 ... With help from two total blocks against SDSU, Thelen moved into 10th place in career total blocks with 227.