UNLV Volleyball takes down Arizona State

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UNLV defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Sparky Volleyball Invitational for their seventh straight win.

In the first set, the Rebels had a slow start, 1-4. UNLV went on a 3-0 run to tie the score, 4-4. The Sun Devils kept a constant two point lead, but the Rebels found a way to catch up. 

Towards the end of the set, the Rebels had their largest lead of the set, two points (20-18) UNLV went on a 5-3 run, winning the first set, 25-21.

For the second set, it was an easy win with a close score, 14-13. UNLV remained aggressive and led by three points, before earning a 25-21 victory.

The Sun Devils took an early three point lead (3-6) during the third set. UNLV took their first lead shortly after, but it didn’t last long. 

The game remained close with a tough battle before the Rebels took a 24-21 lead. However, the Sun Devils had an aggressive 3-0 run to tie the score at 24 even. Arizona State University (ASU) kept its aggression and won the set 24-26.

Once again, the score was close in the fourth set, 13-15. The Sun Devils had the largest lead of the night with five points, 17-22. Despite a strong battle from the Rebels, ASU won the set 17-25.

In the final set, UNLV took an early five point lead (7-2), but the Sun Devils went on a 5-2 run to reduce the lead by two (9-7). UNLV remained on top of their game and won the fifth set, 15-11.

Mariena Hayden led the team with 21 kills, Shelby Capllonch had 13 kills and Milica Tasic had 12 kills. Lauryn Burt had 29 assists, and Adrien Fafard had 25 assists to help the Rebel offense.

Defensively, Kate Brennan had seven blocks alongside Jordyn Freeman and Hayden’s four blocks. 

Up Next

The Rebels will remain on the road and travel to California to face the San Jose State Spartans on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. before facing the Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack in Reno on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m on the Mountain West Network.

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