Rebels Vanquish Aztecs Friday Night|
Sept. 23, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After playing 13 matches against non-conference opposition, the UNLV Rebels (8-6 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) opened up Mountain West action Friday night in the Cox Pavilion with a 3-0 sweep of the San Diego State Aztecs (6-4, 0-1). The Rebels, fueled by double-doubles from Sekola Falemaka and Daryn Glenn, snapped a five-match losing streak to the Aztecs with tonight's victory.
"It's big to open conference play with a win, especially against San Diego State because they are a very good team," said UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I think our kids were well prepared. They did a good job and really paid attention to the scouting report. Each person took care of their job."
The Rebels out-hit the Aztecs .327 to .180. UNLV hit .294 or better in all three sets with a .375 effort in the first frame setting the tone. SDSU, on the other hand, hit well in two of its sets (.200 or better), but faltered in the second stanza with a .087. The Rebels had 46 kills and 11 errors on 107 errors. The Aztecs managed to attack successfully 43 times, but mishit 21 times on 122 swings.
"It was huge to do (win) in three sets because we have been going to five sets all the time," noted Fredrick. "This was one of their goals to start playing and getting these wins and not letting up in that third set. So they did it against Nevada,Reno and they did it again tonight. That's good progress."
Glenn picked up her third double-double on the year compared to the second for Falemaka. Glenn hit .364 in the match and combined 10 kills and 12 digs for the double-double, while Falemaka had 13 digs and a match-high 13 kills on .300 hitting.
Madeline Westman contributed on both sides of the net with seven kills on .467 hitting, one assist and eight blocks (two solo)
Stephanie Thelen dished out a match-high 35 assists, while also contributing seven digs, six assisted blocks and five kills.
Allison Davies led the defensive charge for the Rebels with a match-high 15 digs. Davies also had one assist.
SDSU got 12 kills, eight digs and two assists from Paije Pearson. Johnna Fouch dished out 32 assists and also had six digs and three kills. Kristi Jackels had a team-high 15 digs.
UNLV is back in action next Thursday night, Sept. 29, against #20 Colorado State. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 pm in the Cox Pavilion.