Rebels Unable To Tame Broncos Saturday Night|
Nov. 12, 2011
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - In a battle for tournament seeding in next week's Mountain West Volleyball Championship, the Boise State Broncos (16-14 overall, 6-8 Mountain West) got the best of the UNLV Rebels (12-16, 4-10) in a 3-2 decision Saturday night at Bronco Gym in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won the match with set scores of 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8, despite 21 kills from Makenzie Moea'i and double-doubles from both Daryn Glenn and Stephanie Thelen.
With the loss, the Rebels finished the regular season seventh in MW standings, and they will assume that same seed for the first quarterfinal match of the conference tournament at 12:00 pm MT (11:00 am PT) on Friday, Nov. 18, against second-seeded San Diego State. BSU will stay in the same side of the bracket with UNLV and will play as the sixth seed against third-seeded TCU.
The Rebels owned a .257 hitting efficiency for the match with four sets with .220 or better averages, including a .421 effort in the opening stanza. After hitting .118 in the second, the attackers hit in the .200s the remainder of the match. They threw down 66 kills on 175 swings, but committed 21 errors in the process.
The Broncos, on the other hand, hit .264 and registered three set tallies of at least .344 (second set) and up. Their best outing came in the fifth with a .385 hitting clip, followed by a .361 in the third. BSU smashed 71 kills and had 23 errors on 182 attempts.
The match featured 30 ties and 17 lead changes. Unfortunately, the fifth and final frame produced neither, as the home team led from the get-go.
In all, both teams had four players rack up double digits in kills with Moea'i's 21 ranking as the match's best. Her output also ranks as a career high, while she hit .321 and picked up three digs and one assisted block.
Madeline Westman threw down 15 kills and hit .355, besides the seven assisted blocks and three digs she provided defensively.
Thelen and Glenn notched their 10th and fifth double-doubles of the season, but achieved the feats differently. Thelen used a combination of assists (56) and digs (18), both of which are career highs. She also had five blocks (one solo) and one kill. Glenn conjoined kills (10) and digs (12) with two assists, as well.
Sekola Falemaka rounded out the quartet of double-digit players with 10 or more kills with 10 of her own. Falemaka hit .240 and also had nine digs, two assists and two assisted blocks.
Breann Nesselhuf was instrumental in the Broncos' win with her second triple-double of the season, both of which came against UNLV. Nesselhuf dished out a team-high 30 assists, while coming close to leading the squad in digs (15) and kills (13).
Liz Harden (18 kills, 14 digs) and Casey Rose (29 assists, 15 digs) both had double-doubles in the win.
Overall, the Broncos had four players with double figures in both kills and digs.
Notes: Stephanie Thelen and Madeline Westman both improved their standings in UNLV's career and single-season record books ... Thelen ranks highly in both assist categories with 1,154 (sixth) overall and 1,044 (ninth) in 2011 ... Westman moved into fifth in total blocks (245), sixth in assisted blocks (207) and seventh in solo blocks (38) for her career, while she is tied for fifth in assisted blocks (100), seventh in solo blocks (22) and eighth in total blocks (122) this season.