Ending On A Rocky Mountain High
Nov. 26, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (10-20, 5-11 MWC) rallied for a 3-1, season-ending victory against the Air Force Falcons (4-25, 1-14) Friday night at the USAF Academy, Colo. Sara Nehf and Kendra Glendenning were instrumental in UNLV's win with both registering double-doubles in the affair. The Rebels claimed the match with set scores of 20-25, 25-23, 29-27, 25-16.
The victory pushed UNLV's winning streak in the head-to-head series to 23 straight, although Air Force claimed a set win for the first time in 11 tries.
UNLV out-hit Air Force by a .205 to .150 margin and registered two more kills (55-53) with six less errors (23-29). The Rebels hit .200 or better through the first three stanzas before they notched a .176 efficiency in the fourth and final frame. The Falcons, on the other hand, opened up with a .325 effort, but fell off by a large margin in the remaining three sets. Their middle ones were .158 and .133 in the second and third, respectively, before a paltry -.027 finale.
Nehf picked up her 12th career double-double and fifth of the season in the win, as she combined 18 kills and 20 digs. She reached double figures in kills 20 times this season and on 42 occasions in her career. This was the second time that she amassed 20 digs in a match this season. She also contributed four total blocks (two solo), two aces and one assist.
Madeline Westman joined Nehf in double-digit kills with 12 of her own off of .409 hitting. Westman also chipped in six assisted blocks, two digs and one ace.
Glendenning picked up her sixth double-double this season conjoining 19 assists and 10 digs. She had one ace, as well.
Amanda Alles led the Rebels in assists with 21 and added two digs, one solo block and one kill.
Including Nehf's and Glendenning's defensive output, the Rebels had four players rack up 10 or more digs with Kela Lau Hee and Nile Te'o rounding out the quartet with 11 apiece.
After the Falcons staked themselves to a quick 1-0 lead, the two teams fought back and forth in the second set. The pair traded three lead changes and had 10 ties between them. The teams were tied at 13-13 before the home team scored six of seven for a 19-14 lead. UNLV rallied back to within one, 19-18, with five straight points and then never relinquished the lead after it claimed a 21-20 advantage. The score was tied two more times with the last at 23-23 before the Rebels scored two straight to knot the match at one set apiece before intermission.
The third frame followed its predecessor's lead with 11 ties and five lead changes of its own and also went into extra time. Air Force had four consecutive set-point opportunities, but watched as UNLV canceled each one out down the stretch. After the Rebels tied the frame for the 11th time, they scored two more points to claim a 2-1 edge.
The fourth set could not get over fast enough for UNLV, as they scored the first five points and seven of nine for a comfortable lead. The visitors gradually increased the lead to 10 before ending the stanza by nine, 25-16.
In all, the match featured 25 ties and 10 lead changes.
Air Force got a double-double from Caroline Kurtz, who had a match-high 20 kills and 16 digs. Annalyse Schmitt and Emily Frick also reached double digits in kills with 11 and 10 of their own, respectively. Jessica Hillman dished out a match-high 49 digs and added five digs, three kills and an assisted block. Maiya Perich and Kelly Spencer each had 13 digs apiece.