Rebels Corralled By Cowgirls
Nov. 19, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The UNLV Rebels (8-16 overall, 5-10 Mountain West) dropped a 3-0 decision on the road Thursday night in Laramie, Wyo., to the Wyoming Cowgirls (13-18, 3-13). The Rebels lost the match by set scores of 14-25, 23-25, 25-27. UNLV got .300 or better hitting efforts from Cursty Jackson and Erin Greenwood, but they weren't enough to overcome Wyoming's play.
UNLV was out-hit ..220 to .105. Each team collected 38 kills, but the main difference was that the Rebels committed 11 more errors (25 to 14) on 15 more attempts (124 to 109). UNLV notched its best hitting effort in the third frame with a .167 tally. The remaining two sets were .028 in the first and .109 in the second. Wyoming, on the other hand, had two sets in the .200s with a .233 in the first and .256 in the third. They hit .167 in the middle stanza.
Jackson topped UNLV in hitting with a .321 average and 13 kills. She has now amassed 10 or more kills on 13 occasions this season, while it was the 10th time she has hit above .300. She notched a career-high in digs with eight and has now one-upped herself in each of her past three matches in the defensive category. She added one assist and one assisted block, as well.
Greenwood hit .300 and pitched in eight kills. She has now hit .300 or better 12 times this season. She also had three assisted blocks. She moved into a third-place tie in UNLV's career record book for matches played with 114.
Samantha Richard dished out 31 of UNLV's 34 record assists. Richard has hit double-digits in helpers 18 times. She also had five digs, two kills and one ace.
Jodi Purdy and Lauren Whitney reached double figures in kills for Wyoming, as they threw down 13 and 11, respectively. Both players hit in the .200s, as Whitney notched a .258 effort to Purdy's .235. Each of them had eight digs and one ace, as well.
Barbara Lasic and Dani Bedore split setting duties for the Cowgirls with each reaching double digits. Lasic had a team-high 18 and added eight digs. Bedore had a double-double by combining her 15 assists and 10 digs.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday afternoon (1:00 pm MT/12:00 pm PT) from Fort Collins, Colo., against the Colorado State Rams. The match will be the final for both in conference play.