Rebels Race Past Roadrunners In Season Opener

Aug. 24, 2012

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LAS VEGAS ( - Kinsey Caldwell's double-double helped the Rebel volleyball team (1-0) notch its first win of the 2012 campaign on Friday night in its own UNLV Invitational played in the Cox Pavilion. The three-set victory (25-22, 32-30, 25-19) over the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (0-1) was a lot quicker and more exciting than the five-set contest the two squads played in Bakersfield, Calif., last season.

The win improved UNLV's record in season-opening matches played in Las Vegas to 6-1, while its mark in season openers moved to 10-12.

Caldwell, a freshman from Waverly, Iowa, picked up her first career double-double midway through the second set. She ended the contest with 28 assists and 11 digs, while hitting .750 on the night behind six kills and an errorless attacking effort.

UNLV out-hit CSUB .241 to .216, although the visitors had six more kills (47-41) and errors (20-14) off 13 more swings (125-112). The Rebel offense improved in each set and topped out with a .348 hitting efficiency in the third and final frame. They opened up with a .194 effort before hitting .226 in the second. CSUB, on the other hand, witnessed its output decline in each successive stanza from a team-high .244 in the first to a .241 in the second and a lowly .133 in the decisive set.

The Rebels were gifted at least five points in each set due to the Roadrunners ability to serve the ball over the net. CSUB tallied 17 service errors on the night to only three for UNLV.

The match featured 29 ties and 12 lead changes with the majority (13 ties and six ties) occurring in the marathon second set. Eleven of the 12 ties in the second came between the 20-all to 30-all juncture. UNLV waited until its fifth set point to close out the stanza after withstanding three set points from CSUB. The Roadrunners led the opening frame 20-18 before the Rebels ran off seven of the final nine points for a 1-0 lead. The third saw UNLV pull away from CSUB after a 9-all tie with 16 of 26 points.

"I thought for a first match, everybody did a nice job," said UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We had the consistency from our upperclassmen. Ceannia (Kincade) really stepped it up and played a great game. Kinsey, for her first match, did a great job setting. Stephanie (Thelen) did a great job hitting and playing in the back row. Allison (Davies) did a great job on defense, while our passing was better than we anticipated. Our serving was very consistent, as well."

In all, six different Rebels tallied at least five kills on the night. Daryn Glenn led the offense with nine kills and chipped in seven digs on the defensive end. Madeline Westman and Thelen threw down eight kills apiece, while the former added six blocks (two solo) to the latter's six digs, three assisted blocks and four assists. Kincade, who had 11 digs, and Katlin Winters each had five kills.

Davies set a career-high in assists with six besides owning a match-best 17 digs.

CSUB got double-digit kill efforts from both Debora Araujo and Kelsee Sawyer, who had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Araujo came one dig shy of a double-double with nine digs. Fernanda Goncalves dished out a match-best 41 assists and added nine digs and two aces in defeat. The Roadrunners were led defensively by 16 digs from Mariah Alvidrez.

The Rebels return to action on Saturday with two matches. Their first contest will take place at noon against The Citadel, while the second one will be the Invitational's finale vs. Northern Arizona. Before UNLV's two outings, CSUB and NAU will square off at 10:00 am and The Citadel and CSUB will play at 5:00 pm.