Miramontes, Rebels Shoot Down Air Force
Oct. 6, 2007
LAS VEGAS - For the second straight match, the UNLV volleyball team cleared its bench with all available players seeing action Saturday night. The Rebels (13-3 overall, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) swept past the Air Force Falcons (7-13, 0-7 MWC) in the Cox Pavilion with scores of 30-10, 30-15, 30-20.
Although the Rebels played most of their non-starters in the match, Lauren Miramontes still shined as she racked up a .684 hitting percentage in 19 attempts. Miramontes was the only player in the match to tally double-digit kills with 13. The most impressive thing was that she did not commit an error in the match. Defensively, she racked up four assisted blocks and registered three digs.
Miramontes and the rest of the Rebel attackers hit at combined .358 clip (44-10-05) compared to Air Force's -.044 (22-27-114). UNLV stayed in the .300-range with a game-high .385 (13-3-26) coming in game one, while following it up with a .333 (11-2-27) in the second and .357 (20-5-42) in the third. Unfortunately, the Falcons hit -.108 (5-9-37) in the first and -.138 (6-10-29) in the second. Air Force just barely hit in the positives in the third with a .062 (11-8-48).
For the first time in 76 matches someone other than Melody Nua led the team in assists. Nua started in game one and dished out three helpers, but gave way to Alyssa Erickson early in the match. Erickson assisted on a match-high 29 attacks.
With increased playing time, Erickson tied for the team-lead in digs with Jada Walker, as they each tallied nine. Walker only played in the first two games as Camille Cunningham took over libero duties in the third frame.
On the service line, UNLV served up a season-high 11 aces, which nearly doubled the previous match-high of the year (Sept. 29 at Colorado State). Kela Lau Hee picked up three. Kelsey Keeler, Brittani Lumsden and Walker registered two apiece.
Air Force was led by Michelle Harrington's seven kills, Kim Kallabis' 10 assists and Kristina Stewart's 10 digs.
UNLV hits the road once again with a trip to Texas and then to New Mexico. The team will play at TCU on Oct. 12 at 7:00 pm and then play in Albuquerque the following day (Oct. 13) against UNM at 7:00 pm.