Rebels Vanquish Anteaters In Sweep
Sept. 2, 2005
LAS VEGAS - The Rebels (2-2) carried over their winning ways Friday night, which began with a victory in the final game of the Fremont Invitational, with a win over the host Anteaters of UC Irvine (3-2) in the opener of the Holiday Inn-Costa Mesa Sunset Classic. UNLV rolled to its second-consecutive sweep of the season with game scores of 30-23, 30-22, 30-25.
The Rebel attackers took care of things by out hitting the Anteaters .296 to .256. This is the second such occurrence for UNLV to notch a higher hitting percentage, but the first that the victory went its way. It is, also the second-straight match where UNLV hit in positive hitting percentages in each game. Against the Rebels jumped out with a season-high hitting percentage of .444 in game one. The team followed that up with .231 and .212 hitting percentages in games two and three, respectively.
UNLV was led by Brittani Lumsden and her match-high 16 kills. Lumsden registered a .556 hitting percentage, the highest of any player with at least two attacking attempts. Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes notched nine kills apiece. Melody Nua helped out with 33 assists, while Jada Walker picked up 16 digs to Michelle Banks' 13.
UCI had three hitters register nine or more kills, but was unsuccessful in game one of the Classic at Crawford Court. Kristin Kelley tallied the most kills (12) for the Anteaters, while Whitney Pavlik and Amanda Vazquez each had 10. Of all UCI attackers with at least two kills, Vazquez had the highest hitting percentage (.450) of any Anteater. Christa Conom had a match-high 37 assists, while Keegan Featherstone registered 10 digs.
The Rebels have a quick turnaround with the first match of the Classic Saturday morning at 11 am, against the Santa Clara Broncos (1-0). The Classic has been shortened to three games from its original six-scheduled games due to Southern Mississippi unable to make its games due to Hurricane Katrina.