Rebels Clip Eagles In Five Games
Sept. 17, 2005
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (4-7) went the distance in snapping its three-match losing streak Saturday against American University (5-6) at the University of San Diego Invitational. The Rebels and Eagles traded games with UNLV taking the first, third and the decisive fifth-frame. UNLV won with scores of 30-28, 30-32, 30-23, 25-30, 18-16. This was the first occasion that the Rebels won a five-game match, previously the team was 0-3. UNLV finished the USD Invitational with a 1-2 mark.
Although the Eagles outhit the Rebels .254-to-.236, UNLV prevailed. The Rebels got their fourth double-double of the season from Brittani Lumsden and a match-high .469 htting percentage to pace the team in the five-game match. Lumsden threw down 15 kills and 17 digs. The 17 digs were tops amongst Rebel players, while the 15 kills were the third-most. Maria Aladjova led all Rebels with 20 kills. Lauren Miramontes (17) and Mariana Pencheva (12) rounded out the Rebels with double-digit kill figures. Melody Nua had 64 of UNLV's 67 assists. Nua's 64 assists equaled the output tallied by all Eagle players in the match.
Rubena Sukaj tallied American's lone double-double in the match as she threw down 21 kills and dug out 10 Rebel attacks. The Eagles had three more players in kill double-figures: Cutrina Biddulph (19), Elizabeth Maloney (17) and Chelsa Brooks (12). Christina Nash and Tara Stradling split the assist numbers with Nash taking 37 to Stradling's 26. Jennifer Cosco had 17 digs to lead the Eagles.
Up next for UNLV is the opening of Mountain West Conference play on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm in the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels will take on the Cowgirls of Wyoming.