Rebels Come Up Short In Upset Bid
Sept. 15, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (6-5) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against the 12th-ranked Louisville Cardinals (10-1) on Saturday morning, but eventually lost, 3-1, at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Louisville claimed the Louisville Invitational match behind set scores of 23-25, 26-24, 25-6, 25-21.
The Cardinals out-hit the Rebels .209 to .102 with an advantage of eight kills (55-37) and nine less errors (21-30). UNLV attempted four more attacks (167-163), but only broke the .200 hitting efficiency barrier once - .220 in the second set. Louisville, on the other hand, topped out with a staggering .560 effort in the quickly played third set. In its three remaining frames, the home squad hit .190 or below.
The match featured 29 ties and 16 lead changes with the majority - 14 ties and eight lead changes - occurring in the first-set win by UNLV. The second had seven ties and three lead changes, while the fourth and final stanza had eight and five, respectively.
In the first set, the largest lead that either team had was three points with all three instances owned by the Scarlet & Gray. After seeing a short lead wiped out by a quick run by the home team, UNLV faced a one-point deficit at 21-20 before they won five of the final seven points for the 25-23 victory.
The Rebels carried the momentum into the second set, and they built as much as an eight-point lead at the 14-6 juncture. Unfortunately, the Cardinals came alive from that point forward by winning 15 of the next 21 points to turn flip the script and give themselves a one-point lead at 21-20. UNLV managed to tie things up at 21-all before three more ties occurred before Louisville broke the final stalemate - 24-all - with two straight points.
After the Cardinals won the third set with ease, the two squads played to three early ties before the Rebels went ahead by seven at 12-5. Louisville rallied back to pull even at 13-all. The score would be knotted up thrice more before the home team never looked back after taking the final lead at the 17-16 mark.
UNLV was led by double-doubles from Kinsey Caldwell and Sekola Falemaka. Caldwell combined 16 digs with a match-high 37 assists to achieve the feat, while Falemaka notched hers behind 15 kills and 15 digs.
The Rebels had five players notch double figures in digs with Allison Davies' tying for the match lead with 18. Besides Caldwell's and Falemaka's output, Stephanie Thelen and Daryn Glenn contributed 14 and 10 digs, respectively.
Louisville was led by double-doubles from Lola Arslanbekova (15 kills and 17 digs) and Hannah Kvitle (25 assists and 18 digs). Kaitlynn James topped all attacker in the match with 16 kills, while Kvitle and Katie George (21 assists) split setting duties for the Cardinals. Caitlin Welch joined Kvitle and Arslanbekova in dig double digits with 16 of her own.
UNLV closes out its trip to Louisville with a 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET) match vs. Middle Tennessee State.