Rebels Exterminate The Wolverines
Sept. 28, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (10-5) stepped out of conference play on Friday night and knocked off the Utah Valley Wolverines (7-7) by a 3-1 final score in a non-conference tilt at the Cox Pavilion. UNLV, who got a double-double from Sekola Falemaka, won the match with 25-11, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 set scores.
The Rebels out-hit the Wolverines .267 to .098 behind a 16-kill differential (57-41) despite attempting 12 fewer attacks (131-143). UNLV hit .357 (second set) or better in the opening two sets, but tallied lower hitting efficiencies the remainder of the match. The Scarlet & Gray committed 22 errors on the night with half of those occurring in the third frame. The team's best showing came right at the start - a .583 effort (15 kills and one error on 24 attempts). UVU's offense topped out in the third stanza with its .267 showing. The squad from Orem, Utah could only manage a .074 or lower hitting clip the other trio of sets.
Falemaka's double-double - her sixth of the season - was made possible with a combination of 14 kills and 16 digs besides the addition of three assists, two aces and two blocks (one solo). Her 14 kills tied Madeline Westman's output for the team high. Westman, who hit a match-best .524, added six blocks (one solo) to go along with two digs and an assist.
Daryn Glenn joined Falemaka and Westman in the double-digit kill club with 11 of her own. Glenn also chipped in eight digs, two assisted blocks and an assist.
Kinsey Caldwell dished out a match-high 47 assists and pitched in eight digs, three kills, three assisted blocks and an ace.
UNLV had a trio notch double figures in digs with Stephanie Thelen's 20 leading the defense. Thelen's 20 digs were a career- and season-high tally. Allison Davies added 11 digs to go along with 16 from Falemaka.
UVU was led offensively by Kalani Norris and Erica Nish, who had 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Brookelyn Hall had a team-high 25 assists, while McKenna Tait led the squad in digs with 10.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday night with their Mountain West home opener against New Mexico at 7:00 pm in the Cox Pavilion. UNM sits 2-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall on the year. Earlier this week, the Lobos won a non-conference match at CSU Bakersfield before losing a MW tilt at Fresno State.