UNLV Takes One From Lobos, 3-0
Sept. 29, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Volleyball (15-4, 2-2 MW)- End of Three-Match Road Trip
Wednesday, Sept. 26: Lobos def. CSU Bakersfield, 3-1
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The University of New Mexico dropped its second-consecutive Mountain West match at UNLV Saturday night, 3-0 (20-25, 21-25, 22-25). The Lobos fall to 15-4 overall and 2-2 in MW play while the Rebels picked up their fifth-straight win and improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
UNLV's junior outside hitter Sekola Falemaka led all players with 18 kills and hit with .361 accuracy (18k-5e-36ta).
New Mexico held sizeable leads in games two and three, but the Rebels used strong net play to put on runs and secure the home win. UNLV hit .218, recording 42 kills on 110 total attempts and committing 18 errors.
The Lobos hit .083, connecting on just 30 of 108 attempts while committing 21 errors.
It's the first time since Oct. 17, 2009 that the Rebels beat UNM.
The Lobos return home next week for two matches. New Mexico will play Boise State at 7 p.m. MT, on Thursday, Oct. 4 in The Pit and hosts Air Force at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Johnson Center.
First Set - UNLV 25, Lobos 20
New Mexico struggled to find its rhythm at the net, recording just ten kills on 40 swings and committing seven errors (.075 accuracy). The Rebels hit .211 and had 14 kills. UNLV also had more blocks -- four to one by New Mexico -- and more digs, 19 to 15.
The Rebels jumped to a 4-0 advantage before a kill by Skye Gullatt off a quick set from Jordan Russell followed by an ace by Ashley Newman put two points on the board for UNM. The Lobos caught up and took the lead, 7-6, by putting up four unanswered points, but the Rebels' Sekola Falemaka hit an off speed shot and again knotted the game. The teams traded points and then UNLV went to work at the net, getting kills from Stephanie Thelen and Daryn Glenn, which fueled a 6-0 run and gave the home team a 14-9 lead. A kill from Gunsaulus snapped the run, but a few Lobo miscues allowed the Rebels to gain even more ground and increase their lead to 19-13. New Mexico came within two points, 20-18, using a kill and an ace from Skipper and capitalizing on attack errors by UNLV. However, Katlin Winters and Stephanie Thelen came through big at the net and the Rebels took game one, 25-20.
Second set - UNLV 25, Lobos 21
New Mexico again recorded ten kills in set two, but hit with an improved accuracy of .139. However, the Rebels tallied 13 kills, including nine from Falemaka.
The Lobos claimed an early 5-3 lead off kills from Gullatt and Riddle and a block by Lexi Ross and Riddle. New Mexico kept the Rebels at a distance of at least two points or better until the 15-12 mark when UNLV put on a 5-0 run off kills from Falemaka and Winters and two ace serves from Winters. Gunsualus laid down a cross-court kill from the outside to break snap the Lobo drought, which put New Mexico within one point, 17-16. But UNLV's lead swelled to three points, 23-20, and a few plays later the set ended on a kill from Falemaka, 25-21.
Third Set - UNLV 25, Lobos 22
Tough serving from Jordan Russell and big defensive plays at the net from Riddle and Gullatt helped the Lobos claim an 8-3 lead in game three. A ball-handling error by the Rebels followed by another block from Gullatt and Riddle upped the lead to 10-3, but UNLV answered with run that moved them to within two points, 10-8. UNM held the lead 14-12, before two Lobo miscues allowed the Rebels to tie the game, 14 all. The teams traded points and then a block by UNLV gave the Rebels a 16-15 edge and UNM called for a timeout. A kill from Gunsaulus knotted the set again, but the Rebels again put up two quick points and moved their lead to 20-18. Riddle managed to record two kills in the waning moments of the match and UNM got an ace from Skipper, but it was too little too late. A kill from Thelen ended the set and match, 25-22.