Hey Rebs' Revenge!
Oct. 19, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team (16-3 overall, 7-2 Mountain West) fought tooth and nail against the San Diego State Aztecs to extend its winning streak to five matches Friday night. The Rebels exacted some revenge on the Aztecs (11-9, 3-6 MWC) after having their nine-match winning streak snapped by SDSU on Sept. 21 in San Diego. UNLV took the match by a 3-1 margin after dropping game one. The Rebels won by scores of 22-30, 30-16, 30-28, 30-22.
The win gives UNLV head coach Allison Keeley a 8-1 record vs. SDSU. The eight wins are the most against any opponent since she took over the volleyball program.
SDSU had its season-high losing streak pushed to four matches. The Aztecs have lost five of their last six and seven of their last nine.
UNLV out-hit SDSU by a .254 to .148 margin. The Rebels notched 27 more kills than the Aztecs with a 75 to 48 tally. The Rebels ranged between a match-low .145 hitting efficiency in game one to a match-high .441 in game two. SDSU, on the other hand, began strong with a .316 in its game-one win, but hit no better than .122 in the remaining three frames.
The Rebels were led offensively by double-digit kill tallies by Maria Aladjova, Lauren Miramontes and Erin Greenwood. Aladjova and Miramontes tied for the match-high with 23 kills. Both hit well, as well. Miramontes hit .340 to Aladjova's .340. Greenwood tied a career-high in kills with 15.
Aladjova combined her 23 kills with 10 digs to notch her 12th double-double of the season. After tallying 11 double-doubles though the first 13 matches, she had to wait six contests before getting #12.
Melody Nua tossed up 64 helpers in the match, as she assisted on 64 of 69 Rebel kills. She fell two assists shy of tying her career-high of 66 set earlier this season against SDSU.
The Aztecs were led by Leah Lathrop's double-double of 24 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Salisbury and Lindsey Mahan tied for the team-lead in kills with 11 each. Kristen Castillo shared setting duties with Lathrop and had 16 assists of her own. Aime Cordeiro led the Aztecs in digs with 25, while Caitlin McMillan joined in with 12.
The Rebels had to let game one slide by, as the Aztecs ran away with the frame. SDSU used three attacking errors by UNLV to push out to a 3-1 lead. From that point on, the Aztecs never looked back. The Aztecs increased their lead as the match progressed and went up by 11 at 28-17 before closing the game out at 30-22.
UNLV rebounded in game two. The Rebels broke open a 2-2 tie and won five of the next six points for a 7-3 advantage. The closest SDSU got was when they trailed 10-9, but watched UNLV take the next four for a 14-9 lead. UNLV wound up breaking away in the game and wound up winning by 14 at 30-16.
The Aztecs knocked down four kills and got one attacking error by UNLV to begin game three with a 5-0 lead. The Rebels wound up scoring 15 of the next 19 points to take a 15-9 lead. They tied it at the 8-8 juncture and just pushed ahead. SDSU did make a valiant comeback late in the game as they won seven of the final 10 points, even tying the game at 28-28. UNLV wound up getting a kill by Aladjova to bring upon a game point. Cordiero was forced to attempt an attack, but the ball landed wide and UNLV took the stanza 30-28.
Game four started off well for SDSU, but ultimately turned to the Rebels favor. Trailing 10-6, UNLV turned things around by tying the game at 12-12. UNLV broke open a 16-16 tie with three straight points (19-16). The Rebels wound up winning 11 of the final 17 points for the 30-22 win.
UNLV returns to action next Thursday, Oct. 25, when the #21 Colorado State Rams come to Las Vegas. The match is set for a 7:00 pm opening serve.