"Service errors killed us tonight," head coach Debby Baker said after the match. "We just weren't able to get the ball to our hitters and just couldn't get things going."
SUU hit six service errors in the first set, including a stretch of four straight that allowed the Rebels to take the opening frame 25-20.
Southern Utah came back in the second set, hitting a match-high .238 and limited service errors to only two. Despite the higher efficiency, SUU still trailed late in the set 21-16, but used a 7-1 run to reverse its fortune and take a 23-22 lead. UNLV put an end to the run with a kill on the next rally to tie the match at 23-23, but a Taylor Heine kill gave SUU match point at 24-23. A Thunderbird service error tied the match again at 24-24, but and Annie Stradling kill and Stradling/Alissa Youart block over the next two rallies gave Southern Utah the set 26-24 and tied the match at 1-1.
The Thunderbird attack came out cold following the intermission and hit .029 (8-7-35) in the third set and .075 (10-7-40) in the fourth set. The output allowed the Rebels to finish out the match with a 25-16 win the third and 25-18 win in the fourth.
Southern Utah's defense provided most of the highlights during the match as the team recorded 75 digs, the fifth highest in a four-set match in school history. Freshman Sariah Pelaez led the way with 28 digs, also marking the fourth-most in a four-set match in school history. The Thunderbird block recorded double-digits for the sixth consecutive match, totaling 10.0 on the night with Ann Clappier leading the way with six.
Offensively, Kylie Schofield paced the team with 11 kills and was followed closely by Clappier with 10. Joanna Christenson wrapped up her night with her sixth double-double of the season, recording 39 assists and 11 digs.