Streaks Snapped In Five-Set Loss At SDSU
Oct. 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (12-6 overall, 4-1 Mountain West) suffered a heartbreaking loss in five sets to the San Diego State Aztecs (11-6, 3-2 MW) in a nationally televised contest - CBS Sports Network - from Peterson Gym in San Diego. The Rebels, who had dropped the first two sets of the match, rallied to force a fifth and final set. Unfortunately, the Aztecs won the match 3-2 behind set scores of 26-24, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 15-10.
The loss snapped two winning streaks that UNLV brought into the contest. The Rebels had begun the Mountain West season a perfect 4-0, but the defeat ended the best start for the Scarlet & Gray since it became a member of the conference in 1999. The loss also signified the end of a six-match winning streak that began on Sept. 15 vs. Middle Tennessee State.
UNLV out-hit SDSU .211 to .207 despite having lower numbers in kills (58-71), errors (23-32) and attacks (166-188). The Rebels' best hitting efficiency occurred in the first set (.297); however, the Aztecs won it with a .244 clip of their own. UNLV was only able to muster a .200-plus hitting effort once more during the remaining four sets - .270 in the third. The Aztecs, on the other hand, managed three consecutive sets of .194 or lower averages between the second and fourth stanzas before they generated their best hitting venture in the fifth - .333 - to UNLV's lowest output - .118.
"I thought we did a great job coming back in the match," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We out-hit and out-blocked them, but unfortunately, we didn't pass as well as we needed to."
The match featured 36 ties and 19 lead changes. The first two frames witnessed SDSU jump out to early leads and maintain each nearly to the end before UNLV wound up tying the score in both of them. The first set only had three ties and two lead changes, but all but one of each statistic happened from the 23-all juncture. The Rebels had a set-point opportunity at the 24-23 mark, but witnessed the Aztecs rattle off three straight scores to claim a 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the score knotted up at 17, 18, 19 and 20 before UNLV took a 21-20 lead only to see SDSU score five consecutive to head into intermission ahead 2-0.
After seeing late leads wiped out by the Aztecs, UNLV did not allow the trend to continue in the third and fourth sets. The Rebels owned the lead twice more at 21-20 in those frames and won both by identical 25-21 scores. Katlin Winters had a match-best .500 hitting efficiency behind a 13-kill effort. Winters also added four assisted blocks.
Kinsey Caldwell led the Rebels in assists with 51 and also had four digs, three assisted blocks and two kills.
Besides the double-digit dig efforts by Glenn and Falemaka, the Rebels got a match-high 23 from Allison Davies.
SDSU had a trio notch 15 or more kills, and it was led by 20 from Raegan Shelton, while Andrea Hannasch (19 kills) and Summer Nash (15) followed closely behind. Johnna Fouch, who served up five aces, was the lone Aztec to record a double-double with her combination of 55 assists and 16 digs. Defensively, Kristi Jackels led the Aztecs in digs with 19, while Emily Harris topped her squad in blocks with six (all assisted).
The fifth only had one lead change and it came when SDSU broke a 4-all tie after evening the set following a short-lived lead by UNLV. The Aztecs scored three straight points for a 7-4 lead, and they never looked back en route to a 15-10 decision.
UNLV was led by double-doubles from Daryn Glenn and Sekola Falemaka. Glenn tied for the match lead in kills with 20 and combined those with 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the year. She also pitched in four assisted blocks, two aces and one asssit. Falemaka, who had three assisted blocks, paired her 11 kills with a career- and season-high 22 digs for her eighth double-double in 2012.
UNLV returns for two home matches next week with visits by the Wyoming Cowgirls and Colorado State Rams to the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels in conjunction with The Side-Out Foundation will host their Dig Pink® Rally match on Thursday, Oct. 11 (7:00 pm) with Wyoming in town. UNLV and CSU will then square off on Sunday, Oct. 14 (1:00 pm) in a CBS Sports Network televised affair.
NOTES: Madeline Westman moved up to third in UNLV's all-time record book for total blocks (361), and she surpassed Erin Greenwood (2006-09) and Sheila Ocasio-Clemente (2001-03), who sat tied for third with 353 blocks apiece.