Rebels Escape Lobos' Den With Win
Oct. 13, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team extended its winning streak to four matches with its 3-1 victory against the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday night. The Rebels took control of second place in Mountain West Conference standings with the win and now sit at 6-2 in league play. Overall, the Rebels are 15-3 after winning the match by game scores of 22-30, 30-26, 31-29, 32-30. UNM dropped to 14-6 overall and 5-3.
The Rebels out-hit the Lobos .249 to .226. UNLV hit a lowly .114 in its game-one loss, but rebounded with a .400 effort in game two. The team stayed in the .200s in games three and four with a .268 and .213, respectively. New Mexico, on the other hand, alternated between the .200 and .100 ranges. In games one and three they hit .279 and .275, respectively, but dropped to .163 in the second and .189 in the fourth.
Melody Nua posted her second straight double-double with her combination of 57 assists and 11 digs. The 57 assists tied for the match-high in that category. On the year, she has six double-doubles.
Erin Greenwood rounded out the three Rebels with double-digits kills with her 15. Greenwood led the team in hitting with her .423. At the net, she was credited with eight blocks (two solo).
Defensively, Jada Walker tied for the match-high in digs with 23. Camille Cunnigham joined Walker and Nua in double-figures with her 12 stops.
The Lobos had four players accumulate 10 or more kills with Jeanne Fairchild leading the way with her 27. Lisa Meeter finished the match with 17, while Rose Morris had 12 and Anna Lehne had 11.
UNM's Jade Michaelsen dished out 57 assists to tie Nua for the match-high. Gayle Tripp evened Walker's dig tally with 23 of her own. Sarah Kwasigroch had 21 digs, as well.
Game one went New Mexico's way from the start. After breaking a 1-1 tie, UNM rattled off four straight points for a 5-1 advantage. They never looked back en route to their 30-22 win.
Game two was a see-saw affair. Neither team took a lead of more than three points until UNLV scored the decisive 30th point for the 30-26 win. The turning point of the frame came when UNLV scored three straight points to even the score at 20-20. The Rebels wound up winning 10 of the final 16 points.
UNLV needed a little extra effort to take care of games three and four. In the third stanza, the game was tied six times after the score sat a 21-21. The Rebels owned a 28-25 edge, but watched UNM score three-in-a-row to knot the score at 28-28. The teams exchanged points for the final tie at 29-29, before UNLV got a kill by Aladjov and an error by Fairchild for the 31-29 win.
The Rebels needed to rally in the fourth to keep the match from going to the ultimate fifth game. UNM held a steady lead after breaking a 7-7 tie. The Lobos owned a four-point cushion through most of the game until UNLV scored five straight to tie the game at 27-27. UNM held game-point at 29-27 after winning two points, but watched two kills by Greenwood, one by Aladjova and one by Sara Nehf for the 32-30 finale.
The Rebels return to action next Friday, Oct. 19, with a contest vs. San Diego State at 7:00 pm. The contest will be aired on The Mtn.