UNLV bucked by Broncos, take flight against Falcons
In what was supposed to be a pair of games that would provide a boost in momentum heading into the postseason, UNLV split their final two home games to Boise State University on Nov. 16 and Air Force Academy on Nov. 21.
The Rebels took on the Broncos after coming off of a big win the game before. In a very competitive match, UNLV was swept by Boise State 3-0, with set scores of 25-27, 24-26, 23-25. [flickr id="8219739067" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="large" group="" align="right"]
BSU became the second team all season to sweep the Rebels, who post a very respectable 9-2 mark in games decided in three stanzas. The Rebels are now 0-3 all-time against BSU in matches played in Las Vegas.
There is a silver lining, however, which shows in the record books.
Allison Davies moved to seventh place in the UNLV career record books with 823 digs.
Davies also moved up to fifth in the single-season record books with 425 digs. She already holds the eighth place mark, which she set last season.
Star freshman Kinsey Caldwell furthered her place in the UNLV single-season record book by reaching eighth on the all-time assists list with 1,087.
In the latter of the two-game homestand, the Rebels rebounded against Air Force, sweeping the Falcons 3-0, with set scores of 25-19, 25-15, and 25-19.
With the win, the Rebels secured a third place finish in the Mountain West Conference. It’s the second best finish by the Rebels since joining the conference in 1999.
UNLV controlled the game from the start, out-hitting the Falcons .330 to .127, with the team’s strongest showing coming in the second stanza — a whopping .407 hitting average.
The Rebels also had more kills (44-37) and committed less errors (11-24) than Air Force, despite having two fewer attacks (100-102). Defense proved to be key in the Rebels win as they dominated the net. The Rebels had nine total blocks, including one solo and 16 assisted.
No player amassed double-doubles. The Rebels were paced by Katlin Winters, who tallied four blocks, eight kills and had a match high .538 hitting efficiency — the best among players with five or more kills. Caldwell also had another stellar all-around showing as she came up big with 29 assists, five digs, three kills and two blocks.
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The 18 wins this season mark the third most in school history and the most since the 2007 squad notched 27. The 2012 team also placed fourth in school history in winning percentage (.620), third in home wins (11), and third in conference wins (10).
Madeline Westman is now second in the career record books at UNLV with 394 total blocks and 337 assisted blocks. Westman also sits in sixth place all-time with 57 solo blocks and fifth in hitting efficiency with .227. Stephanie Thelen moved up to fifth all-time in assists with 1,367.
As for the single-season record book, these 2012 Rebels are making their presence felt. Westman ranks third in total blocks with 134 as of 2012 and fourth in assisted blocks with 118. Davies ranks fifth in digs with 429 and Caldwell maintained eighth place in assists, now boasting 1,116 in 2012.
It’s a bittersweet ending for UNLV as the Rebels narrowly missed making the 2012 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, marking the end of their season. UNLV has a strong foundation to build on next year that will have veteran senior leadership and a strong core of sophomores and juniors that should propel them to a very successful 2013 season.