Rebels Unable To Tame The Broncos
Nov. 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (17-11 overall, 9-6 Mountain West) suffered a 3-0 setback to the Boise State Broncos (17-14, 8-7 MW) on Wednesday night in Mountain West volleyball action from the Cox Pavilion. The match was much closer than the final score would appear as each set was decided by only two points and the first two frames went past the 25-point threshold. Boise State won the match behind set scores of 27-25, 26-24, 25-23.
Tonight's three-set loss is only the second time that the Rebels have been swept this season. Overall, the Scarlet & Gray owns a 9-2 mark in matches played to only three stanzas.
UNLV hit .174 in the match, and that figure was greatly aided by a .293 first-set hitting efficiency. Unfortunately, the Rebels hit .143 or lower in the following two sets and accumulated at least six errors in each one. BSU, on the other hand, hit .257 on the night and had all three of its sets fall within a range of .213 (third set) and .304 (first). The Broncos only committed four errors in both the first and second frames before they tallied eight in the third and final set.
In all, the match featured 36 ties and nine lead changes with all but two ties occurring before the third stanza.
The opening frame saw the teams rack up 16 ties and swap leads four times. Boise State went ahead for good at the 24-23 juncture off a Liz Harden kill that produced the first of three set-point opportunities. After watching UNLV knot the score up two more times, the Broncos took a 1-0 lead off an attacking error by Sekola Falemaka.
The second set was played just as tightly as the first with the score being tied 18 times and the lead changing hands on five occasions. BSU evened the set at 22-all after Stephanie Thelen committed a serving error and then went up by one on another kill from Harden. The teams traded the next three points with UNLV getting the first and third from Bronco serving errors, while BSU countered with another point from Harden. The final two points for the Broncos came off attacking errors from UNLV - Kinsey Caldwell and Falemaka.
The Broncos never relinquished the lead in the third set after scoring the first point, once again, off a Harden kill. The frame was only tied twice - 1-1 and 2-2. Although BSU led from the get go, UNLV's largest deficit in the set was only four points.
UNLV got a double-double from Kinsey Caldwell, who combined a match-high 30 assists with 10 digs for the feat. Caldwell also contributed four kills off .333 hitting.
Madeline Westman led the Rebels on the offensive side of the net with a team-best 13 kills and .435 hitting efficiency.
Defensively, UNLV had four players notch double figures in digs. Allison Davies led all with a match-high 20 digs - the fourth instance that she has reached 20 digs in a match this season. Daryn Glenn contributed 14, while Sekola Falemaka had 11 to go along with Caldwell's 10.
Casey Rose picked up a double-double in a winning effort for Boise State. Rose paired a team-high 29 assists with 10 digs. Harden topped all players in the match with 17 kills, while chipping in five digs. Sarah Baugh split setting duties with Rose and dished out 16 assists of her own. On the back row, Kersti Whitney led the Broncos with 18 digs, and she was joined in double digits by Fiona Jones, who had 13 digs.
UNLV closes out its regular season slate on Friday at 4:00 pm when the Air Force Falcons come to town. For those fans attending Friday night's UNLV-Oregon men's basketball game at 6:00 pm, they can show their ticket stub at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and gain free admittance to the UNLV-Air Force volleyball match.
Notes: Allison Davies moved up in the UNLV career record book and sits in seventh place with 823 digs ... Davies also moved up in the single-season record book to fifth with 425 digs - she already sits eighth in the list with 398 digs last season ... Kinsey Caldwell moved up in the single-season record book to eighth with 1,087 assists this season ... Boise State extended its lead in the head-to-head series to 5-3 and are a perfect 3-0 in matches played in Las Vegas.