David J. Hawkins
The Matadors concluded the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebel Classic on Saturday afternoon against the host UNLV Rebels.
After only winning one of the three matches in last week’s season-opening Pepperdine Asics Invitational, the Matadors won two of three matches in Las Vegas to reach the finals.
Despite sweeping the first two games, the Matadors failed to win their last against the Rebels. Sophomore outside hitter Aeryn Owns had 14 assists. The Matadors had only five blocks compared to 14 by UNLV.
UNLV’s Elsa Descamps had two aces and seven kills.
On Friday against Sacramento State, they went 25-11, 25-18, and 25-23; they improved their record to 3-2.
The Matadors hit a season high .288 versus Sacramento State but were out-hit .276 to .145 by the Rebels and suffered their first major loss this season.
Sophomore Shannon Boyle led Sacramento State with 14 kills (.128) and 10 digs, while Katie Sato lead the Matadors with 13 digs.
The Matadors’ largest lead came after senior outside hitter Julie Haake’s kill at 23-10, eventually winning 24-11.
CSUN went 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-15, and 15-13 against New York’s Hofstra University.
Haake had a career high of 27 kills and hit .345, while Hofstra’s kill leader was Veronika Kostova with 22 kills on .425 hitting.
Junior setter Lauren Conati, who had 36 assists, seven digs, three kills and one ace, earned all-tournament team along with Haake.
The Matadors play their third tournament next weekend in Laramie, Wyoming, where they will face Eastern Washington, Wyoming and Samford at the UniWyo Invitational.