No Bite From Lobos
Oct. 17, 2004
Las Vegas - Maria Aladjova dominated at the net as the Rebel women's volleyball team swept New Mexico in three games Saturday night at Cox Pavilion to cap UNLV's homecoming festivities.
Aladjova hit a career-high .538, knocking down 16 kills in 26 attempts with only two errors. She was perfect in the Rebels' game one win, drilling six kills in six attempts. UNLV hit .317 as a team, the first time that the Rebels have hit above .300 as a team in winning 30-24, 30-19 and 30-21 to improve to 10-7, 4-3 in Mountain West Conference play. New Mexico dropped to 7-11, 1-6 in the MWC.
Coming off its 3-0 sweep of Air Force the night before, UNLV swept consecutive MWC foes for the first time since 2002, when they turned the trick against San Diego State and Air Force.
Aladjova made her presence felt from the very beginning with two kills to open the match. New Mexico kept the match close, and trailed by one at 15-14 after a kill from Samie Weber. Tarin Keith responded with a kill for UNLV and the Lobos would get no closer as the Rebels won game one.
In the second game Aladjova again started UNLV off with a kill, and the Rebels cruised to a 21-9 lead. New Mexico didn't help itself by giving the Rebels nine free points off of errors to dig an early hole. Aladjova knocked down three more kills before committing her first error of the match with the score 28-18. Aladjova rebounded from the error and recorded two more kills to help the Rebels close out game two.
New Mexico scored the first point of game three off a setting error by UNLV senior setter Nicki King, but it would be a short-lived lead. The Rebels scored six of the next seven points to grab a 6-2 lead and never looked back in completing the sweep.
Aladjova was joined in double-figures in kills by Keith who finished the night with 11. Lauren Miramontes had nine and Mariana Pencheva had eight as the Rebels again had a balanced offensive attack. The Rebels were also playing without freshman outside hitter Brittani Lumsden, who sat out the game due to turf-toe. Lumsden was second on the team in double-doubles with six and third in kills per game with 2.85. King narrowly missed a double-double with 36 assist and nine digs. Jada Walker dug up 16 balls along the backline for the Rebel defense.
Monica Meihack had 24 assists for the Lobos, who didn't have a player reach double-figures in kills.
UNLV is on the road for one match next week as the Rebels play San Diego State on Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m. (PST) in San Diego, Calif.