Rebels Swept Away By Utes
Oct. 22, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The UNLV volleyball team's road woes continued in Utah, as the Rebels (14-8 overall, 5-5 Mountain West Conference) were swept 3-0 by the 10th-ranked Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. The Utes increased their winning streak to 17 straight matches, while the Rebels dropped its second straight. Utah won the match with scores of 30-25, 30-24, 30-27.
In game one, the Rebels held the lead at 18-17 until the Utes rattled off four consecutive points to force a UNLV timeout. The Utes won 13 of the final 20 points from the last moment they were down by one.
The Rebels jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the second game, but watched Utah even things up at 11-11. UNLV pushed back ahead by three-points shortly thereafter at 15-12 and 16-13. The Utes knotted things up at 19-19 and 20-20 before winning 10-points to UNLV's four.
Game three saw Utah push out to as much as a six-point lead through the majority of the frame, before UNLV rattled off five straight points to pull within one at 21-22. The Utes moved back ahead by three at 26-23 before the Rebels evened things up at 26-26. From that point on Utah won four of the final five points to take the game and match.
The Rebels were out hit .139 to .260 and amassed five less kills than the Utes (47-to-52). The Rebels stayed within the .132 (game two) to .150 (game three) hitting range with game one's .136 falling in between. Utah, on the other hand, hit no worse than .205 (game two) and as high as .295 (game three).
UNLV had three players register double-digits in the kill department with Michelle Banks leading the way with 13. Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes followed closely with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Samantha Noland had the highest registered hitting percentage for the team with a .500.
Melody Nua topped the Rebels in assists with 21, while Kristin Koochi added 14. Koochi mixed in 14 digs for a double-double. Jada Walker had a team-best 19 digs, as well.
Utah had three players reach 10+ kills with Airial Salvo hitting a match-high 16. Whitney Webb chipped in 14 and was followed by Lori Baird's 10. Sydney Anderson dished out 41 assists, while Connie Dangerfield had 17.
The Rebels return back to the Cox Pavilion next weekend Oct. 27-28 after spending two straight weekends on the road. UNLV welcomes the TCU Horned Frogs and the New Mexico Lobos to Las Vegas for conference matches. TCU and UNLV will serve it up on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m., while New Mexico follows on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.