Rebels End Season With A Loss To The Rams
Nov. 29, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team stepped onto the court at Moby Arena Friday night in an unenviable situation against a Colorado State club that had suffered its first loss of the 2013 campaign on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Rebels were not able to duplicate San Diego State's success from two days ago, as the ninth-ranked Rams jumped out of the gates quickly en route to a 3-0 decision (25-15, 25-9, 25-21) in front of 4,681 fans on "Senior Night" in Fort Collins, Colo.
CSU, who sewed up their fifth consecutive Mountain West championship earlier this month, concludes the regular season with a 28-1 overall record and 19-1 showing in the conference. UNLV, on the other hand, finishes the year 16-14 and in a four-way tie for fourth place with San Diego State, Fresno State and Wyoming with identical 11-9 marks in league play.
The Rams outhit the Rebels by 333 points (.337 to .034) behind an advantage of 23 kills (48-25), while they committed eight fewer errors (13-21) off 13 less swings (104-117). The home squad hit at a staggering .475 clip in the first two sets - .483 first set and .469 second set - with 31 kills to only two errors in 61 attempts before it registered 17 kills and 11 errors in the final frame for a .140 efficiency. The Scarlet & Gray wasn't as successful in the offensive department, as they weren't able to hit above .081 in the contest.
"I think we were all disappointed with our performance tonight," said Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I would have liked our seniors (Sekola Falemaka, Stephanie Thelen and Madeline Westman) to finish on a higher note, but we just did not execute."
UNLV was led offensively by 10 kills from Falemaka, who ends the year with 24 double-digit kill matches. She also chipped in five digs.
Thelen dished out 21 of the team's 24 assists to go along with six digs and one assisted block.
CSU was paced by three of its own in kill double figures with Michelle Lawrence leading with a match-high 11, while Samantha Peters and Marlee Reynolds had 10 apiece. Deedra Foss had a match-best 41 assists plus four kills, three digs and three assisted blocks. Jaime Colaizzi was one of three Rams to notch double digits in digs with 22. Colaizzi was joined by Adrianna Culbert's 16 and Cassidy Denny's 10.