Falcons Rally Back To Beat Rebels In Five|
Nov. 18, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to the Air Force Falcons in Mountain West play Saturday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels (8-22, 4-13 MW) jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see the Falcons (14-18, 7-11 MW) claw their way back into the contest with third- and fourth-set wins. UNLV reclaimed the momentum in the fifth and final set en route to a set- and match-point opportunity (15-14); however, Air Force managed to claim the final three points to cap the 3-2 comeback behind set scores of 22-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20, 17-15.
UNLV outhit Air Force by 24 points (.162 to .138), although both sides had a plus-26 kills-to-errors ratio in the contest. The Rebels threw down 50 kills against 24 errors in 160 attack attempts, and hit .242 or better in the two sets they won compared to .143 or lower averages in the three they lost. The Falcons, on the other hand, had 61 kills and 35 errors, and hit .100 or worse in four of the five stanzas, but racked up a .351 effort in the third.
Defensively, UNLV held advantages in both digs (78-75) and total team blocks (15.0 to 12.0).
THE TURNING POINT: Trailing by as much as five points in the fifth – the last of which occurred at the 13-8 juncture, Air Force outscored UNLV 9-2, and staved off three set- and match-point chances by the Rebels.
STAT OF THE GAME: There were a total of one lead change and three ties between the first, second, fourth and fifth sets, while the third featured 11 lead changes and 19 ties. The first and fourth sets did not have a single lead change or tie. The second only had one tie. The fifth had two ties, both of which came at the end – 14-14 and 15-15, and one lead change – when Air Force broke the 15-all tie.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART TWO: Four players notched double-doubles in the match. UNLV’s Mariena Hayden (11 kills/19 digs) and Lia Herlosky (40 assists/12 digs) represented UNLV, while Air Force’s Shanleigh Conlan (46 assists/11 digs) and Denise Ssozi (11 kills/15 digs) achieved the feat, too.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Herlosky notched her first career double-double as a Rebel and had season highs in assists (40), digs (12), kills (four) and assisted blocks (three).
QUOTABLE: “It was such a hard-fought match and I’m very proud of our Rebels,” said head coach Cindy Fredrick. “Lia (Herlosky) played so well and it was devastating to see her get injured at the end. Shania (Scott) played outstanding defense today and Elsa’s (Descamps) blocking was excellent. It was just a tough one to lose.”
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV travels to Fresno State to face the Bulldogs Monday night in the regular-season finale for both squads. First serve is slated for 6:00 pm at the Save Mart Center.