UNLV Overwhelms San Diego State
Sept. 25, 2004
Las Vegas - For the first time since 1998 the Rebels won a conference opener at home, soundly beating San Diego State in three games at the Cox Pavilion on Friday night.
In stark contrast to last season when SDSU beat UNLV three times, the Rebels were never seriously threatened in the sweep, winning by scores of 30-25, 30-19 and 30-21. UNLV improved to 6-4 on the season, 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. San Diego State's season-long troubles continued as they lost their 12th in a row to fall to 0-12, 0-1 in the MWC.
Lauren Miramontes paced the Rebel offense with 14 kills and three other Rebels joined her in double figures. Mariana Pencheva had 14, Brittani Lumsden knocked down 12 and Maria Aladjova added 10. Nicki King put her teammates in fabulous hitting positions all night long and finished the match with 46 assists. Jada Walker dug up 13 balls along the backline for UNLV.
UNLV came out sluggish in the first game, only hitting .083 as a team while committing 12 errors. SDSU kept the game close and were only down 21-20 due to Rebel miscues. Aladjova and Lumsden then picked up two kills each and UNLV regrouped to take the first game by five points. The Rebels took command early in the second game, racing out to an 11-4 lead behind a balanced offense that saw Aladjova, Pencheva and Lumsden each get two early kills. San Diego State would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as UNLV won to go up 2-0 heading into the first break.
UNLV was tested early in the third game but went on to easily record the sweep as the Rebels hit a match-high .298 and never trailed in the decisive third game. SDSU had the score tied at 13 after an attacking error by Aladjova. SDSU couldn't gain the lead and UNLV controlled the rest of the game for the win.
Melissa Stapley had 10 kills for the Aztecs while Kristen Castillo added 26 assists.
The Rebels will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they host Utah Valley State at 1:00 p.m. in the Cox Pavilion.