Rebels Win After Bulldogs Bark Up The Wrong Tree
Nov. 16, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (17-10 overall, 9-5 Mountain West) returned to their winning ways with a 3-0 sweep of the Fresno State Bulldogs (16-13, 7-7 MW) on Friday night in Mountain West volleyball action from the Cox Pavilion. With the win, UNLV notched its 10th home victory of the year - a feat that had only been achieved three other times in program history. The Rebels won the match behind set scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 and remain in third place behind Colorado State and San Diego State who have identical 11-3 marks.
The win was the third straight for UNLV in the head-to-head series with Fresno State dating back to 1996 when both programs were members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Overall, the series is knotted up at four wins apiece for each squad, although the Rebels can lay claim to a season sweep in 2012.
"I loved the toughness our team had tonight," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "The blocking was so good, and we saw some great plays made at key times."
UNLV out-hit Fresno State .264 to .092; however FS had more kills (43-34), errors (32-11) and attacks (120-87). The Bulldogs attempted more swings in the match due to the Rebel block at the net. UNLV stuffed a plethora of attacks with 11.5 (two solo, 19 assisted) going down in the scorebook as full-fledged blocks. The Rebels, who were only blocked four times (one solo, six assisted) hit at a .147 clip or better in all three sets, while topping out with a .417 effort in the third frame. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, could only muster two paltry showings in the first two frames - .077 first set and .024 second set - before a .179 efficiency was produced in the third.
The Rebels were led their setter Kinsey Caldwell, who provided a team-high 28 assists to go along with six digs, five kills, three assisted blocks and one ace. Caldwell cranked out those five kills without committing one error in seven swings.
Daryn Glenn paced the Scarlet & Gray offensively with nine kills off a .316 hitting efficiency, and she was closely followed by seven kills from Stephanie Thelen. Glenn also chipped in four digs, three assisted blocks and one assist, while Thelen added three digs, three assisted blocks and an assist.
Allison Davies was the lone Rebel to notch double figures in digs with her 10 continuations of Bulldog attacks.
UNLV had five different players record three or blocks in the contest. Katlin Winters, who had five kills and three digs, was the main antagonist for FS with her seven putbacks (two solo, five assisted). Also jumping in on the blocking barrage was Madeline Westman and her four assisted blocks.
The Bulldogs had two players notch double digits in kills with Korrin Wild throwing down a match-high 15, while Lauren Albertson had 10. Barbara Alcantara and Marissa Brand led FS in assists (35) and digs (12), respectively, with both figures going down as match highs.
The Rebels return to action with their final matches of the 2012 regular season next week. Boise State comes to town on Wednesday, Nov. 21 (7:00 pm) before Air Force visits on Friday, Nov. 23 (4:00 pm) a day after Thanksgiving.
Notes: The 17 wins in 2012 are the most since the 2007 squad won 24 ... The 17 wins are also the fourth most in program history ... The 10 wins at home are the most since the 2007 squad won 13 ... This is only the fourth season that UNLV has notched a double-digit win total at home ... The nine wins in conference play are the most since the 2008 squad won nine ... This is only the sixth time that UNLV has won at least nine times in conference play ... In the UNLV career record book, Madeline Westman moved up to second in assisted blocks (332) and Allison Davies moved into a tie for eighth in digs (803) ... In the UNLV single-season record book, Westman moved up to fourth in assisted blocks (113) - while also sitting fifth (112 in 2011) and sixth (107 in 2010) - and into a tie for fifth in total blocks (132), Allison Davies moved into seventh in digs (405) - while also sitting eighth (398 in 2011) - and Kinsey Caldwell moved into ninth in assists (1,057).