Rebels losing chances, look to start road trip strong
There is no backing down.
UNLV needs to have its game face on as the Rebels head into a crucial four-game road trip.
First stop: Fresno State. The last encounter between the Bulldogs and the Rebels was not a pretty sight. UNLV hosted Fresno State on Oct. 5 and the game ended in a gruesome 3-0 sweep by Fresno State, ending UNLV’s four-game winning streak.
UNLV produced one of the lowest hitting percentages of the season against the Bulldogs (.083), being outhit by 273 points.
The Rebels also committed nine more errors than the Bulldogs (20-11).
This time the Rebels are looking to give the Bulldogs a taste of their own medicine — end the Bulldogs’ winning streak at their own house.
Fresno State is ranked second in the Mountain West (15-9, 9-3) after a three-game winning streak, right behind Colorado State who is still undefeated (22-0, 13-0).
UNLV heads to Fresno State after a split at home. The Rebels lost to New Mexico 3-1 on Thursday, but came back to win over Air Force, also in four sets.
The Rebels have struggled all season to close out a set when needed. They were three points away from beating Colorado State and claiming first place in the Mountain West, but could not seal the deal. A similar situation happened on Saturday against Air Force.
In the second set the Rebels were up 21-14 against the Falcons, but could not claim the set, as errors allowed Air Force to get the momentum and claim its only set of the game.
A win at Fresno could tie the Rebels for second place with either New Mexico or Utah State. The Bulldogs head into this match having won eight of their last nine matches.
After Fresno State, UNLV will head north to face San Jose State.
The Rebels last faced the Spartans on Oct. 3, were they claimed the game in four sets. San Jose State is ninth in the conference. (6-17, 3-9), coming off of a sweep against Nevada-Reno.
After the stop at San Jose State, the Rebels stay on the road for another week for two more matches against San Diego State and Nevada-Reno.