Glenn's 28 Kills Spur Rebels To Victory Over Cowgirls

Oct. 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (13-6 overall, 5-1 Mountain West) snapped a three-match losing streak to the Wyoming Cowgirls (13-7, 1-4 MW) with a five-set victory (3-2) on Thursday night in Mountain West action at the Cox Pavilion. UNLV, who jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before intermission, was forced to play five sets after Wyoming won the third and fourth frames. The Rebels won the match with set scores of 27-25, 25-21, 24-26, 21-25, 15-8.

Both teams wore pink warm-ups before changing into pink jerseys for The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink® Rally match.

After playing in only one five-set match during the non-conference portion of the season, the Rebels have now played four marathon matches in league play - including three in a row. Overall, UNLV owns a 3-2 record in five-setters.

UNLV was out-hit by Wyoming .271 to .223; however, the Scarlet & Gray managed to throw down eight more kills (79-71) on 17 more swings (224-207). The Rebels also committed 14 more errors (29-15). UNLV hit .200 or better in four of its five sets, and it topped out at .356 in the second stanza. The Cowgirls had four frames of at least .250 hitting, but had their lowest output - .176 - occur in the fifth and final set.

UW jumped out a six-point lead - 12-6 - in the opening frame only to see UNLV fight back and tie the score at 16-all. The Cowgirls then struck out to a 19-17 lead before the Rebels knotted the score once again at the 20-all juncture before taking a one-point lead at 21-20. The score would be tied up four more times, but UNLV never relinquished the lead en route to a 27-25, first-set win.

The second set didn't have much separation between the two squads with both teams only gaining a three-point cushion apiece on the other. After seeing the score knotted at 18-all and 19-all, UNLV rattled off six of the final eight scores for the 2-0 lead.

The Cowgirls started slowly after the intermission, but they warmed up to pull within one with the set victory. After breaking a 10-all tie, UW built three different five-point leads - with the last coming at the 22-17 mark. UNLV then won seven of the next nine points to even the score at 24-all. Unfortunately, UW got back-to-back kills to claim the set 26-24.

The fourth frame had 13 ties and six lead changes. The last tie occurred at 16-16 with the final lead change occurring on the next point at 17-16. UW never looked back during its 25-21 win that evened the match score at 2-all.

UNLV struck out to an early three-point lead - 3-1, which forced UW to call a timeout in the fifth. The Rebels then went ahead by seven on four different occasions to distance themselves from their visitors from Laramie, Wyo. A kill from Katlin Winters ultimately sealed the win for UNLV on the match's final point.

Kinsey Caldwell (60 assists/25 digs), Sekola Falemaka (15 kills/19 digs) and Stephanie Thelen (10 kills/14 digs) notched double-doubles in the win for UNLV. Caldwell and Falemaka have both accomplished the feat nine times this season, while Thelen has done it five times. Caldwell also chipped in three blocks (one solo), two aces and one kill. Falemaka added one assisted block and one ace. Thelen dished out seven assists to go along with one ace and one assisted block.

On the offensive side of the net, Daryn Glenn set a career and season high in kills with 28 off a whopping 70 swings. Glenn also had eight digs and two blocks (one solo).

Besides the double-digit kill efforts from Glenn, Falemaka and Thelen, Katlin Winters threw down a career- and season-high 16 of her own off a personal-best .500 hitting efficiency.

Defensively, the Rebels had a quartet of players notch double figures in digs. Allison Davies fell one dig shy of tying the program record in the category, as she had 33 - a match high - on the night.

The Cowgirls got double-doubles from Jodi Purdy (22 kills/13 digs), Calli Miller (20 kills/13 digs) and Rachel Keyes (36 assists/21 digs). Purdy led the team in kills, while Keyes topped all UW players in assists. Defensively, Becky Stewart led the team in digs with 23, while Erin Kirby was first in blocks with eight.

UNLV returns to action on Sunday with a 1:00 pm match with Colorado State. The contest will be aired live on CBS Sports Network.

NOTES: UNLV has won seven of its last eight matches, which is its best streak with only one loss since an 11-1 run in 2007 ... UNLV owns an 8-1 home record, and the eight wins are the most since the 2008 squad won eight ... UNLV's 5-1 start in Mountain West play this season is tied for the best start in a conference year since 1998 and 2005 ... Allison Davies 33 digs against Wyoming are the most by a Rebel since Camille Cunningham had 33 vs. Arizona State on Aug. 29, 2008 and one shy of tying the program record ... Daryn Glenn's 28 kills against Wyoming are the most by a Rebel since Lauren Miramontes' 30 vs. Utah on Nov. 24, 2007 ... Kinsey Caldwell's 60 assists are the most since Melody Nua's 64 vs. Utah on Nov. 24, 2007 ... With help from her seven assists against Wyoming, Stephanie Thelen moved into fifth place in UNLV's all-time record book for assists ... Thelen now has 1,331 assists.