Rebels Make Short Work Of #12 BYU
Sept. 13, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team improved to 9-1 on the season and 1-0 in Mountain West Conference play. The Rebels extended their longest winning streak in over eight years to eight matches with its 3-0 sweep (30-20, 30-26, 30-23) of the 12th-ranked BYU Cougars (6-3, 0-1 MWC) on Thursday night.
One of the largest crowds (866) in the program's history at the Cox Pavilion, witnessed the Rebels defeat the Cougars in Las Vegas for the first time since 2001. The last time UNLV defeated BYU was back in 2002 in Provo.
UNLV out-hit BYU .333-to.-186 in the match. The Rebels defense stymied the Cougar offense in the first game, as BYU hit only .048 to UNLV's .216. UNLV's offense livened up more as the match progressed as the team hit .406 in the second frame and .385 in the third. BYU wound up hitting .303 in the second and .233 in the third.
The Rebels were led by Maria Aladjova's eighth double-double of the year, as she combined a match-high 18 kills and 10 digs in the victory. Aladjova contributed three blocks (one solo) and two assists, as well.
Melody Nua assisted on a match-high 41 helpers and tossed in five kills and six digs. Nua's attacking on the night was perfect as she hit for a .833 clip with no errors on six attempts.
Lauren Miramontes joined Aladjova in the double-digit kill club with 11 kills of her own. Miramontes hit at a .300 pace with five errors in 20 attempts. Defensively, she blocked four Cougar attacks (two solo) and had three digs.
Gerryn Moran hit one-upped Nua's hitting effort, as she batted 1.000 on the night. Moran turned all nine of her attempts into kills.
Game one was a see-saw affair as the stanza was tied 12 times before UNLV broke it open after the last tie at 17-17. The Rebels reeled off four straight points to even the game and then take a two-point lead at 19-17 before BYU called its first time out. The Rebels came out of the break and won four of the next five points forcing BYU to call its second timeout. The Rebels wound up winning eight of the final nine points to take the game by a score of 30-20.
The second game started off much like the first, but turned into BYU having to play catch up. The Cougars stayed within reach and tied the game as late as 25-25, which forced a UNLV timeout. The Rebels and Cougars traded the next two points, but saw UNLV rattle off the final four with help from kills by Miramontes and Jessica Walters and blocks from each of them, as well.
UNLV jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the third game and never looked back. The Rebels built the lead to as much as nine (19-10) before settling on a seven-point margin to end the game and match.
BYU was led by Chelsea Goodman's 16 kills. Erica Lott notched 11 kills of her own. Kiana Rogers had a team-high 26 assists, while Bryn Porter led the team in digs with seven.
The Rebels will play at home on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the Utah Utes (2-6, 0-1 MWC) come to Las Vegas. The Utes dropped its first conference match on Thursday at San Diego State by a score of 3-1.