Rams Rough Up The Rebels
Oct. 14, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team (13-7 overall, 5-2 Mountain West) suffered a 3-0 setback to the Colorado State Rams (11-6, 4-2 MW) on Sunday afternoon in Mountain West volleyball action from the Cox Pavilion. Today's loss was the first in straight sets for UNLV this season with CSU claiming the match behind set scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
The Rebels were out-hit by the Rams .243 to .396, and they also tallied five less kills (44-49) and committed six more errors (17-11) on 15 more swings (111-96). UNLV hit between .211 (third set) and .286 (first set) in the match and topped out with at most six errors in each frame. CSU, on the other hand, hit no worse than .361 (first) in any stanza, while its best was a .464 showing in the second.
"This was not what we've seen from our team in terms of intensity and energy," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We will work on bringing those back. Our blocking and defense struggled throughout the match. Colorado State came ready to play today."
The Rams took control of the first set from the get-go. They scored the first point and never looked back although they did see UNLV knot the score on four occasions - with the final one coming at the 12-12 juncture. CSU's largest lead was four points, which occurred four times. After the 12-all tie, the Rams were able to keep a one-to-three point cushion between themselves and UNLV.
The second frame saw more back-and-forth action with the two teams combining for 12 ties and five lead changes. After tying the set up at 16-all, UNLV took its final lead of the stanza. CSU tied things up three times - at 17, 18 and 19 - before jumping ahead at 20-19. They never looked back en route to the 25-22 win.
The Rebels opened the third set with three consecutive points before the Rams evened things up with four of the next five scores. The final set featured five more ties with the last coming at 11-all. CSU broke the final tie and then built five different four-point leads during the remainder of the set.
UNLV's offense got double-digit kill efforts from Sekola Falemaka and Madeline Westman, who had 16 and 12, respectively. Falemaka added six digs and an ace, while Westman chipped in one assist and one dig.
Kinsey Caldwell dished out a team-best 36 assists, and she also had four digs, two kills and one ace.
Daryn Glenn, who threw down eight kills, led the Rebels defensively with nine digs.
The Rams had two players notch 10-plus kills, and they were led by Dana Cranston's 16 off a .464 hitting day. Cranston also had six assisted blocks and four digs on the defensive side of the net. Brieon Paige loomed large at the net, as well. Paige did not commit an error on offense, as she had 10 kills on 16 swings, which resulted in a .625 hitting efficiency. She also had a match-high eight assisted blocks.
CSU was led in assists by Deedra Foss (42) and digs by Izzy Gaulia (11).
UNLV returns to action on Oct. 19 with a 7:00 pm match at Fresno State. The contest signifies the conclusion of the first half of the Mountain West season. Both teams enter the contest with identical 5-2 marks in league play. The meeting will also signify the first time the two have squared off as conference foes since both were members of the Western Athletic Conference in 1996.