UNLV Volleyball goes winless in Utah

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Volleyball exhibition match against Northern Arizona at the Cox Practice Gym on August 19, 2023. Rebels won 3-0. Photo courtesy of UNLV Athletics.

Volleyball remained on the road to Utah to take on the Utes and Wildcats.

Friday at Utah

The Rebels began the trip strong in its first match against the Utes as they claimed the first set, 25-19. UNLV was more efficient than Utah, out-hitting them .387 to .333 in the first set. 

Despite a strong open, UNLV was unable to continue their consistency.

The Utes capitalized on the Rebels laurels and inability to finish. UNLV recorded only eight kills to Utah’s 13. The Rebels suffered from their seven errors costing them the second set, 17-25.

The third set was the peak of uncharacteristic struggles for the Rebels. UNLV recorded more errors than kills. The team totaled a match-high eight errors in the third to lose 14-25.

The Utes took care of business and withstood the Rebels in a close fourth set, 23-25, to take the match 3-1.

Saturday at Weber State

The Wildcats got the best of the Rebels to start the match. UNLV trailed the entire first set to ultimately lose the first 25-18.

Although the Rebels began sluggish, UNLV bounced back in the second as they limited their errors to four. Meanwhile, Weber State found themselves drowning in their errors, doubling UNLV with eight. The Rebels secured the second 25-20.

Heading into the third, UNLV carried over the momentum to repeat their successes. Redshirt senior Isabel Martin, similarly repeated, as Martin recorded five kills in both the second and third sets. The Rebels claimed the third, 25-19, to get ahead 2-1 in the match.

A tightly contested fourth was determined by a strong 5-0 run for the Wildcats, midway through the set. Weber State managed to steal the fourth, 25-20, to tie up the match. Both squads were even in kills at 12.

First to 15 secures the match. Similar to the fourth, the final set was immensely competitive. Weber State edged out UNLV, 15-12, to win the match in five sets.

Despite leading in every major team stat, outside of service aces, the Rebels were unable to hold their initial lead and finish the match on top.

Up Next

UNLV volleyball continues on the road to Seattle, Washington, for a tournament hosted by the Washington Huskies. All three games: Memphis, Florida International, and Washington, take place on Thursday Sep. 7 and Friday Sep. 8.

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