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Rebels Take Cougars To Brink

Sept. 23, 2006

Final Stats

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team (9-5, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) suffered a heart breaking loss to the 16th-ranked BYU Cougars (12-1, 4-0 MWC) on Saturday night. The Rebels held game points in all three frames, but watched the Cougars rally back to take each stanza. The Cougars won the match with scores of 31-29, 31-29, 33-31.

UNLV held 29-28 advantages in each of the first two games, but were unable to score the final point in either the first or second. BYU won both of those games by evening the score at 29-29 and winning the final two points for to go up 2-0.

Game three was similar to its two predecessors with the Rebels holding the 29-28 lead. BYU knotted the match at 29-29. The teams alternated the final six points with BYU scoring the final two to take the game, 33-31.

BYU out hit UNLV 62-to-52 in the kill department and .311 to .203 in hitting percentage. The Cougars hit a match-high .405 in their game two win and .341 in the third. Their lowest tally came in the first at .204. UNLV, on the other hand, hit its lowest in the first (.132), but rebounded with a .271 in the second and .214 in the third.

The Rebels were led offensively by Maria Aladjova's 16 kills and 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Samantha Noland notched her first double-digit kill effort in her career, as she threw down 10, while hitting .421 (a match-high for players with five or more kills).

Melody Nua and Kristin Koochi split setting duties as the two amassed a combined 43 of the Rebels' 49 assists. Nua led the team with 23, while Koochi had 20. Jada Walker had a match-high 17 digs.

Chelsea Goodman had a mtch-high 17 kills for BYU and came one dig shy of collecting a double-double with nine. Erica Lott followed closely to Goodman with her 15 kills. Bryn Porter rounded out the Cougars with 10 or more kills with her 10.



Jenna Judkins tallied 50 of BYU's 59 assists, while Janvier Beaumont had 14 digs.

Up next for UNLV is a Tuesday match against its in-state rivals, the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. First serve is schedule for 5:00 p.m. .

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