Rebels Win Seventh Straight Over UNR
Oct. 4, 2012
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (12-5 overall, 4-0 Mountain West) picked up their sixth straight win over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack (4-13, 1-3 MW) with tonight's 3-2 triumph (31-29, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7) from the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. The victory pushes UNLV's overall winning streak to six matches, which include four in Mountain West action.
The win increased UNLV's lead in the head-to-head series to seven, as the Scarlet & Gray own a 14-7 advantage overall.
The Rebels out-hit the Wolf Pack .243 to .173, and they notched eight more kills (71-63) and four fewer errors (27-31) in four less attempts (181-185). UNLV stayed within the .200 range in hitting efficiency through the first four sets until its attackers unleashed a staggering .538 clip on the home squad in the fifth and final stanza. UNR, other hand, hit between .222 and .297 in three of its sets, but two paltry efforts - below .000 - in the second and fifth frames hindered its efforts.
"This was a tough win in a very intense environment," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We played very good defense tonight and answered so strong in the fifth with solid blocks and hits."
The first set featured 10 ties and four lead changes. Six of those ties occurred after UNLV had its first of four set point opportunities. After the Rebels had an opportunity at 24-23, the Wolf Pack had three consecutive chances - 25-24, 26-25, 27-26 - to end the set only to see UNLV knot the score up over and over again. UNLV then flipped the set in its favor and had set points at 28-27, 29-28 and 30-29. The 30th and 31st points were scored off kills from Madeline Westman and Sekola Falemaka.
UNLV breezed through the second set after it built up as much as a 14-point lead (17-3) to carry a 2-0 lead into intermission. Unfortunately, UNR answered back with wins in the third and fourth frames - both of which went to the team that reached the 22-point mark first.
The Rebels jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the fifth with help from five attacking errors by the Wolf Pack. After a timeout, both teams scored five points apiece, which helped UNLV to the 15-7 win.
UNLV had two players rack up 20 or more kills for the second time this season with the feat being accomplished by Daryn Glenn and Westman. Glenn threw down a match-high 21 kills, which tied her career-best showing and matched the most by a Rebel in 2012. On top of tallying an astonishing number of kills on a .386 hitting efficiency, she had 19 digs to forge her fourth double-double of the year. She also contributed one assisted block, one assist and one ace.
Besides a contribution of 20 kills and six digs, Westman tallied match-bests in hitting efficiency (.486) and blocks (nine).
Falemaka joined Glenn and Westman with double digits in kills with 18 of her own. Falemaka also picked up a double-double - her seventh - with help from 14 digs, while also chipping in four assisted blocks and two assists.
Kinsey Caldwell combined a match-high 53 assists with 11 digs for her eight double-double of the year. Caldwell also had four assisted blocks and three kills.
Defensively, the Rebels had five players record 10 or more digs for the third time this season. Glenn led the quintet with her 19, but Allison Davies followed closely behind with 18 digs. Stephanie Thelen had 11 digs to go along with seven assists, three assisted blocks and three kills.
UNR got double-doubles from Grace Anxo (11 kills and 11 digs) and Dana Holt (48 assists and 13 digs). The Wolf Pack was led offensively by Tessa Lea'ea's 16 kills and defensively by Kelly Chang's 20 digs. Lea'ea also topped her squad in blocks with six (three solo).
The volleyball program has only started a league season 3-0 twice dating back to 1984 - a total of 18 seasons. Besides this season, the only other instance of a 3-0 conference start was in 1998 - the last season that UNLV competed in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
UNLV returns to action on Sunday with a matinee (1:00 pm) match at San Diego State. The Rebels and Aztecs will have their match televised live by the CBS Sports Network.
NOTES: The six-match winning streak matches the longest since the 2007 season ... The 2007 squad had a nine- and 10-game winning streak that season ... The 4-0 start to the conference season is the first for UNLV since becoming a member of the MW in 1999 ... The best start for a Rebel squad in conference play was 5-0, which occurred in 1998 ... This season ties for the third fastest in program history to 12 wins, which has taken 17 total matches ... Both the 1998 and 2007 teams only needed 15 matches (12-3), while the 1998 edition needed 17 matches (12-5) ... Madeline Westman moved into fourth place in UNLV's all-time record book for assisted blocks with 300 after her nine assisted blocks against UNR ... Westman sits fifth in total blocks (352, which is one shy of fourth place) and sixth in solo blocks (52).