Rebels Make It Ten Straight Wins Over Wolf Pack
Nov. 16, 2013
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team only needed three sets to claim a 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-17, 25-17) over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack on Saturday. In fact, the win was the 10th straight for UNLV in the head-to-head series between the Silver State programs and the fifth claimed by the Scarlet & Gray up north at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev.
More importantly, the win completes a sweep of the season series by the Rebels and it earns the UNLV athletics department three more points in the 2013-14 standings of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold. With the addition of volleyball's haul, UNLV now leads UNR by six points, 9.0-3.0.
The win improves UNLV's overall record to 15-11 and 10-6 in the Mountain West, while UNR drops to 3-25 and 1-15, respectively.
The Rebels outhit the Wolf Pack by a staggering .219 points (.239-.020) - the largest hitting efficiency discrepancy in a win this season. UNLV's hitting average was aided by an advantage of 11 kills (38-27), while UNR managed to commit nine more errors (25-16) in seven more attempts (99-92). The Rebels best offensive output occurred in the third and final period with a .417 hitting effort following .182 and .171 clips in the first and second sets, respectively. The Wolf Pack, on the other hand, opened up with a lowly -.094 showing and followed that with a .029 in the second and a .121 in the third.
The match only featured two lead changes and seven tied scores. All but one of those - one tie - occurred in the second set.
"We came out with a very high level of energy and relaxed intensity today," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I thought we controlled the match offensively and defensively and never let them get runs. Julia (Topor) played very well today giving us a strong presence at the net. Ceannia (Kincade) came in and passed well and played very good defense. Katlin (Winters) controlled the net and had a strong offensive performance. Sekola (Falemaka) hit well out of the front and back row. Stephanie (Thelen) used all of her hitters very well. It's a great feeling to bring our points to the Governor's Series!"
UNLV was paced offensively by match highs in kills (12) and hitting efficiency (.526) from Topor, who also added five assisted blocks, one dig and one ace.
Winters and Falemaka threw down eight kills apiece. The former hit at a .412 pace and contributed eight assisted blocks - the same output that UNR had as a team in the contest, while the latter had a team-best 10 digs to go along with three total blocks (one solo).
Thelen dished out 31 of UNLV's 34 assists and chipped in four digs, three kills and an ace.
Besides the 10 digs from Falemaka, the Rebels got nine from Allison Davies and eight more from Kincade. They recorded an assist, while Davies had two aces to Kincade's four assisted blocks.
The Wolf Pack was led by Tessa Lea'ea in kills (8), Lyndsey Anderson in assists (16), Kara Kasser in digs (14) and Sam Willoughby in blocks (3 assisted).
After playing their last four on the road, the Rebels return to Las Vegas for their final home matches of the regular season. They will open up the home stand with a tilt against conference newcomer Utah State on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Two days later, they will welcome Boise State to town for their "Senior Day" match at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
NOTES: The win pushed UNLV's lead in the head-to-head series to 17-7 over UNR ... Five of the UNLV's wins in 10-match winning streak over UNR have resulted in 3-0 sweeps ... Three of those sweeps have taken place in Reno ... By virtue of playing in Saturday's match, Westman improved her standing in UNLV's career record book to second in sets played (432) and a fifth-place tie in matches played (113).