Rebels Pass On The Turkey, Feast On The Falcons
Nov. 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (18-11 overall, 10-6 Mountain West) closed out the 2012 regular season with a 3-0 sweep of the Air Force Falcons (9-21, 3-13 MW) in Mountain West volleyball action from the Cox Pavilion on Friday afternoon. The win, by set scores of 25-19, 25-15, 25-19, secures a third-place finish in conference play - the second-best finish since the Rebels joined the MW in 1999.
The Rebels out-hit the Falcons .330 to .127, with that figure strongly influenced by a .341 effort in the first frame and a .407 average - the team's best showing - in the second stanza. UNLV threw down seven more kills (44-37) and committed 13 less errors (11-24) despite attacking two fewer times (100-102). Air Force, on the other hand, began the contest strong with a .297 hitting clip in the opening set before faltering mightily in the subsequent frames with .032 (second) and .029 (third) presentations.
A key factor in the Falcons' low hitting figure was the Rebel block. UNLV tallied nine total blocks - one solo and 16 assisted - in the match. Madeline Westman led the team with five assisted stuffs, while Katlin Winters had four blocks (one solo).
UNLV was led by a team-best 10-kill act by Sekola Falemaka, who also contributed eight digs, two assists and one assisted block.
Daryn Glenn finished the match second on the squad in kills with nine, while tying for the match high in digs with 13. Glenn also chipped in two assisted blocks.
Katlin Winters came up big for the Rebels on both sides of the net with an eight-kill performance to couple with her aforementioned blocking display. Winters amassed a match-high .538 hitting efficiency - best of players with five or more kills.
Kinsey Caldwell had another all-around showing at the net with a team-high 29 assists to go along with five digs, three kills and two assisted blocks.
The Falcons were paced by 13 kills from Felicia Clement and 13 digs from Maiya Perich. Hillary Keltner fell one dig shy of a double-double with a match-high 32 assists and nine digs.
With the regular season in the books, the Rebels will learn their fate on Sunday if they've done enough this season to earn an at-large berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Notes: The 18 wins this season are the third-most in program history and the most since the 2007 squad won 27 matches ... The .620 winning percentage this season is the fourth-best in program history and the best since the 2007 squad notched an .800 clip ... The 11 home wins are the third-most in program history and the most since the 2007 squad won 13 matches ... The 10 conference wins this season are the third-most in program history and the most since the 2007 squad won 12 ... In UNLV's career record book, Madeline Westman ranks highly in all three blocking categories - second in both total blocks (394) and assisted blocks (337) and sixth in solo blocks (57) - and fifth overall in hitting efficiency (.277) ... Stephanie Thelen and Kinsey Caldwell both rank highly in assists with the former coming in fifth (1,367) to the latter's seventh (1,116) ... Allison Davies ranks highly in digs with 827 ... In UNLV's single-season record book, Westman ranks third in total blocks (134 in 2012) and fourth in assisted blocks (118 in 2012) ... Kinsey Caldwell ranks eighth in assists (1,116 in 2012) ... Allison Davies ranks fifth in digs (429) ... Both Westman and Davies already have their names listed in the blocking and dig categories, respectively, from previous seasons.