Rebels Tame The Broncos In Boise
Sept. 23, 2012
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team began Mountain West play 2-0 for the first time since 2007 and only the fourth time overall dating back to the league's inception in 1999 behind its 3-2 win against the Boise State Broncos in Boise, Idaho. UNLV won the marathon match by set scores of 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 16-14. The match was the third straight in the head-to-head series between the Rebels and Broncos that went the distance, and the first won by the Scarlet & Gray after BSU claimed both in 2011.
UNLV out-hit Boise State .214 to .206, and managed to compile one more kill off two more swings in the match. The Rebels had their best hitting effort in the first set - a .345 hitting efficiency - before tallying .294 or less efforts the remainder of the match. The Broncos, on the other hand, hit .275 or lower in four of their sets, but smashed a .400 clip in the fourth that sent the match to the deciding fifth set.
The Rebels were led offensively by 21- and 20-kill career-high efforts from Madeline Westman and Sekola Falemaka, respectively. The duo are the first pair of Rebels to notch 20 or more kills in the same match since Cursty Jackson and Erin Greenwood threw down 23 apiece against Seattle on Oct. 10, 2009.
Westman hit a match-high .529 (21-3-34) and also chipped in six blocks (one solo), two digs and an ace.
Falemaka notched her fifth double-double of the season with a combination of 11 digs to go along with her 20 kills. She also added five assisted blocks, two aces and an ace.
"This was a big win for us," said UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick. "It's tough to beat Boise State at home. Our defense was amazing tonight. We passed well and our hitters took care of the ball. Kinsey Caldwell got all of our hitters involved."
The Rebels had a quintet of defensive players rack up double digits in digs, and they were led by 18 from Allison Davies. Daryn Glenn, who had nine kills and three assisted blocks, pitched in 17 digs, while Stephanie Thelen added 12 to go with nine kills.
BSU was led by three players that notched double-doubles. Liz Harden led the team with a match-high 32 kills off a staggering 65 attempts. Harden also had 11 digs to spark the trio of double-double players to go along with Alyssa Gammel (10 kills and 13 digs) and Casey Rose (45 assists and 13 digs). Kersti Whitney had a match-high 19 digs for the Broncos.
UNLV returns to action this weekend with a pair of matches at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels play their final non-conference match on Friday night against Utah Valley before jumping back into MW action vs. New Mexico on Saturday evening. Both matches are at 7:00 pm.