UNLV volleyball splits road games in first conference games

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Junior outside hitter Gabrielle Arretche-Ramos attempts a serve for UNLV in a home match earlier this month during the Rebel Challenge. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

UNLV volleyball split its first two Mountain West Conference games on the road this last week. The Rebels picked up a win against Wyoming Saturday and dropped their conference opener Thursday at Colorado State.

The Rebels concluded their road trip with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) against the Wyoming Cowgirls on Saturday. 

UNLV fell behind in the first set 18-14, but proceeded to go on a 10-2 run to pull ahead and take the set despite Wyoming holding a 13-9 advantage on kills. 

In the second set, the Rebels jumped to an early 9-3 lead and never looked back. The Rebels controlled the third set as they started off 5-1 and held off Wyoming’s attempts to rally back.

The Rebels benefited from Wyoming’s hitting percentage being at .176 for the second set and .188 in the third set. Garielle Arretche-Ramos led the Rebels with 12 kills and Jordyn Freeman added four blocks.

Rebels swept at Colorado State 

The Rebels opened up on the road at Colorado State on Thursday night, but were swept in straight sets, 3-0 (15-25, 23-25, 18-25).

Colorado State broke a 7-7 tie in the first set with an 8-0 run to build its lead and put away UNLV. The Rams benefited from 12 errors committed by the Rebels, whose hitting percentage was at -.176. 

UNLV led early in the second set 9-5, but Colorado State answered with five straight points to take the lead. Both teams traded back points, with the Rams’ Karina Leber finishing off the Rebels with a kill to take the set 25-23.

In the third set, Colorado State scored five straight points to grow its lead to 24-16. UNLV committed 11 errors to Colorado State’s three.

Isabel Martin led UNLV with 16 kills. Dakota Quinlan had eight kills and four blocks.

Up Next

UNLV (10-3, 1-1) returns home to play a pair of conference games. They host Fresno State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and San Diego State on Saturday at 1 p.m., both games are at Cox Pavilion.

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