Rebels Swept By The Cowgirls
Nov. 27, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team was swept by a 3-0 final score (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) by the Wyoming Cowgirls on Wednesday at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Rebels were paced by Madeline Westman, who had a match- and season-high 17 kills and a team-best .405 hitting efficiency and four total blocks (one solo).
By virtue of competing in all three sets of the affair, Westman became UNLV's all-time leader in sets played with 445. She also moved into a third-place tie in matches played with 116.
With the loss, UNLV moves to 16-13 on the year and 11-8 in the Mountain West, while Wyoming improved to 20-13 and 10-9.
The Cowgirls outhit the Rebels by 50 points (.223-.173) despite having one less kill (43-44) off a disadvantage of 12 attacks (121-133). UNLV committed five more errors (21-16) in the contest, and hit between a .137 (second set) and .250 (first) range. UW, on the other hand, hit .200 or better in all three frames and topped out with a .238 in the third period.
The match featured seven lead changes and 19 tied scores. The first set contained the most of both figures with four of the former and eight of the latter.
The first frame was a see-saw affair that was tied as late as 19-all. Trailing by one at the 18-17 juncture, UNLV was the recipient of consecutive attacking errors by the Cowgirls to turn the one-point deficit into a small lead. Unfortunately, UW gained the momentum back with a three-point run to claim the final lead change of the set en route to a 25-23 win.
The second was similar to the first, but it was decided a bit earlier by another run of three points by the Cowgirls that snapped a deadlock at 15-all.
The third was controlled by Wyoming after it rattled off five straight scores after a 6-all stalemate.
"We started out each set with solid leads, but let them back in each time," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "Maddie and Katlin (Winters) had terrific offensive performances. Our outside hitters really struggled tonight, as did our serve receive, and that was the difference."
Besides Westman's kill output, the Rebels got eight more off a .368 hitting clip from Katlin Winters.
Stephanie Thelen contributed offensively and defensively with 37 assists, four kills, seven digs and two assisted blocks. Thelen did not commit an error in the match while attempting 11 attacks.
Sekola Falemaka led the Scarlet & Gray in digs with 17, while also adding five kills and two aces.
UW was led by 12 kills from Reese Plante, 35 assists from Laura Beach, 19 digs from Becky Stewart and five assisted blocks from Erin Kirby, who also had 11 kills.
The Rebels close out the 2013 season on Friday with a 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) match at #9 Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. The Rams (27-1, 18-1) suffered their first loss of the year in a five-set thriller at home to San Diego State on Wednesday night.