Rebels Cage Cougars In Provo
Oct. 11, 2008
PROVO, Utah - The UNLV Rebels (11-8 overall, 4-2 Mountain West) swept the BYU Cougars (9-7, 2-5) in Provo, Utah, Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse. The win was only the second for UNLV in the program's history in Provo. The Rebels have now won two straight over the Cougars and three of the last four meetings. UNLV won the match by set scores of 25-15, 25-11, 28-26.
The Rebels notched its second-highest hitting efficiency with their .341 outing. UNLV hit no worse than .220 (third set), while topping out at a staggering .565 in the first frame. BYU, on the other hand, was only capable of its .094 output. The Cougars' best stanza was their first, as they hit .212, but dropped to a lowly -.077 in the second before recovering for a .106 in the third. UNLV tallied 11 more kills (44-to-33) and nine less errors (14-to-23). In an odd statistic, BYU attempted 18 more attacks than UNLV with a 106-to-88 figure.
UNLV's offensive was led by a three-prong attack by Jessica Walters, Erin Greenwood and Cursty Jackson. Walters knocked down a match-high 14 kills, while managing a .520 hitting efficiency, which was the second-best for the Rebels. Greenwood smashed 12 kills and topped all hitters with her .579 hitting. Jackson threw down 10 kills and led the team in blocks with five (two solo).
Melody Nua led all setters in the match with her 33 assists.
Camille Cunningham led the Rebel defense with 13 digs.
BYU did not have an attacker register double-digits in kills, as Christina Measom was the closest with her nine tallies. Measom was the lone Cougar with more than two kills to notch a positive hitting efficiency with her .381.
Kiana Rogers led the Cougars in assists with 25, while Melissa Lake topped all defenders with eight digs.
The Rebels return to Las Vegas for two matches next week. UNLV will play a televised match (The Mtn., Cox Digital 334/DirecTV 616) vs. #13 Colorado State comes to town for a 7:00 pm affair on Thursday, Oct. 16. The Rebels will follow that match with one vs. Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 18 (1:00 pm).