Rebels Flush Out Lobos In Five
Sept. 30, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE - The UNLV volleyball team (12-5 overall, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) took a hard fought match away from the host New Mexico Lobos (6-10, 2-3 MWC) on Saturday evening. The Rebels feel behind 1-0, but managed to win the match 3-2. UNLV won the match with scores of 27-30, 30-28, 30-28, 28-30, 15-9.
The victory pushes UNLV's record in five-game matches to 2-1, while the team improved to 3-3 after dropping the first game.
UNLV and UNM's offensive numbers were close as the Rebels led in hitting .195 to .191 and kills 72-to-71. All but one game went to the squad with the higher per-game hitting percentage and that was UNLV's win in game three (.098 to .156). UNLV used a .321 hitting percentage in game two to even the match at 1-1 and used a game-high .353 in the fifth to take the win compared to UNM's -.053.
The Rebels were led by double-doubles from Maria Aladjova and Brittani Lumsden. Both players threw down 21 kills apiece, while Aladjova chipped in 10 digs to Lumsden's 11. On the year, Aladjova has nine double-doubles, while Lumsden has four.
Erin Greenwood helped out the Rebel offensive with 15 kills and her match-high .500 hitting percentage.
Jada Walker was one of four Rebels with 10 or more digs for UNLV. Walker led the match with 22 and was joined by Camille Cunnigham's 12 and those by Aladjova and Lumsden.
New Mexico had two players notch double-doubles with Sarah Kwasigroch's 63 assists and 12 digs, while Rose Morris had 14 kills and 10 digs. Jeanne Fairchild led the Lobos in kills with 19. Kelly Therkelsen and Allison Suitor had 13, apiece. Gayle Tripp topped all UNM players with her 18 digs.
Up next for the Rebels is a 7:00 p.m., contest against Wyoming in the Cox Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 7. Following that the team hits the road for four straight.