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Rebels Roughed Up By Rams

Sept. 29, 2007

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The UNLV volleyball team (11-3 overall, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) dropped a hard-fought match in four games at Colorado State (10-4, 5-1 MWC) Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the match by scores of 30-25, 30-27, 23-30, 30-28 in front of 1,089 fans at Moby Arena.

The Rams out-hit the Rebels .297 to .199. CSU had three games with hitting averages above .255 (game one), including a .400 in the second and .500 in the fourth. UNLV's win in the fourth saw CSU hit .102 compared to the Rebels' .262. The .262 was the best showing by UNLV, as the team hit .163 in the first, .167 in the second and .212 in the fourth.

UNLV was led by double-digit kill outings by Lauren Miramontes, Erin Greenwood and Maria Aladjova. Miramontes and Greenwood tied for the team-lead in kills with 14 apiece. Aladjova provided 12 in the loss.

Melody Nua assisted on 44 of 54 kills by UNLV in the match.

Jada Walker amassed a match-high 20 digs and was joined in double-figures by Camille Cunningham (13) and Brittani Lumsden (12).

At the net, Miramontes led the Rebels in blocks with five, two of which were of the solo variety. Greenwood and Lumsden each had three with one solo apiece.

CSU's Ashley Fornstrom notched the only double-double of the match by combining her 60 assists with 10 digs. Fornstrom threw down six kills, as well, while hitting .600 (6-0-10). At the net, she had three blocks (one solo).



Mekana Barnes and Danielle Minch threw down 13 kills apiece, while Tonya Mokelki trailed with her 12.

Barnes and Mokelki were the main threats stopping Rebel attackers as they tallied seven and five blocks, respectively. All of Barnes' blocks were assisted, while Mokelki had one solo.

Katelin Batten led the Rams in digs with 17.

Game one was controlled by CSU from the get-go. The Rams jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. The home squad built a lead as big as eight with the latest coming at 23-15. UNLV pulled within four at 28-24, but the rally was too late.

The second game was more competitive than the first. CSU broke the game open slightly at 14-10, but watched UNLV even things up at 16-16. The game would see three more ties at 18-18, 19-19 and 20-20. The Rams won four of the next five points to build a three-point cushion at 24-21. UNLV would pull within one on three occasions, but was unable to even things up after bringing the score to 28-27. CSU wound up winning the next two points to take the game and a 2-0 lead.

After the intermission, UNLV felt a sense of urgency and came out on fire. The Rebels scored the first point of the third game and ran away. UNLV broke open a three-point lead at 13-10 with winning six straight points for a 19-10 advantage. From there on out the teams would exchange points en route to UNLV's 30-23 win.

The fourth game turned into a slugfest as the teams countered each other's shots. CSU took the lead at the start and maintained it until UNLV won four-in-a-row for an 11-10 lead. From there on out there were 11 ties with the last one coming at 28-28. The Rebels pulled even with two straight points, but CSU returned the favor with taking the final two of the game and the match.

The Rebels return to action with two matches this week at the Cox Pavilion. Wyoming visits Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 4, while Air Force comes to town on Saturday, Oct. 6. Both matches have the first serve scheduled at 7:00 pm.

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