Sweeping In San Diego
Oct. 23, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UNLV extended its winning streak to a season-high three matches as the Rebels swept the Aztecs in three games, 30-21, 30-26 and 30-18 Friday night in San Diego, Calif.
The Rebels have now won three straight Mountain West Conference matches, the first time that UNLV has done that since it has been in the MWC and improved to 11-7 this season, 5-3 in the MWC. San Diego State fell to 3-18, 3-5 in the conference.
Maria Aladjova led the Rebels with 18 kills, the ninth-straight match that the freshman has eclipsed 10 kills. In the 18 matches that the Rebels have played this season Aladjova has reached double-digits in kills in 17 of them. Lauren Miramontes was right behind with 17 kills and Tarin Keith added 10.
Aladjova started the Rebels off quickly with three kills as UNLV jumped out to a 4-2 lead. The Rebels were trailing 11-8 when head coach Allison Keeley called a timeout to regroup. After the timeout UNLV responded with a 5-0 run to grab a 13-11 lead and the Rebels never trailed again in winning the first game. UNLV started slow again in the second game and trailed 7-4 when Keeley called another timeout and again it had the same results as the Rebels reeled off another 5-0 run to go up 9-7 and didn't look back in winning game two. UNLV controlled game three to complete the sweep.
Senior setter Nicki King controlled UNLV's offense, handing out 48 assists as she continually put her teammates in strong attacking positions. The Rebels hit .422 as a team, the first time this season that they hit over the .400 mark. Jada Walker dug up 12 balls along the backline and Michelle Banks played a strong defensive game as well with 12 digs.
Kara Moriarty led SDSU with 10 kills and Kristen Castillo had 26 assists. Friday night's victory was the only match this week for the Rebels, who have two road matches next week against Wyoming and Colorado State.