UNLV Drops Four-Gamer At BYU
Oct. 22, 2005
Provo, Utah - For the second-straight night, the Rebel attackers had problems at the net in the team's four-game loss in Provo, Utah Saturday night. UNLV (9-11, 5-3 MWC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but succumbed to the 15th-ranked Cougars at the Smith Fieldhouse and lost its third-straight match. BYU (18-0, 10-0 MWC) won the match with scores of 23-30, 30-24, 30-25, 30-28.
Neither team played up to its ability in the match. BYU out hit UNLV .122-to-.038 and slugged five more kills (57-to-52) than the Rebels. UNLV's .038 hitting percentage was the team's lowest of the season, while their 52 kills were the fewest in a four-game match. UNLV hit on the plus-side in games one (.143) and four (.152), but sunk in games two (-.055) and three (-.070). Errors were a plenty as the Rebels hit double-digits in every game, except game one (nine).
BYU's attacking play was similar to UNLV's as the home team hit no higher than .196 (game four) in any of its games. The Cougars hit below .100 in games two (.077) and three (.093).
For the first time since game three against Long Beach State (Sept. 10), UNLV had a game below the .000 barrier. Against BYU, the Rebels did it twice in consecutive games (two and three). Coming into tonight's affair, UNLV was riding a 45-straight game streak of games on the plus-side of zero. The streak was pushed to 46, but was stopped after the game one win.
The Rebels were led by Maria Aladjova's fourth double-double of the season. Aladjova led the team in kills with 14 and had the third-most digs with 11. Lauren Miramontes had 13 kills to give her eight-straight matches in double figures and she tied her career best with seven blocks (three solo). Melody Nua threw down six kills and had a team-high .188 hitting percentage. Nua assisted on 44 kills, as well. Jada Walker was one of three to hit double-digits in digs as she stopped 16 Cougar attacks. Brittani Lumsden joined Walker and Aladjova in the 10+ dig category as she dug out 13 kill attempts.
BYU had three players notch double-doubles as Erica Lott (18 kills, 11 digs), Chelsea Goodman (17 kills, 12 digs) and Lauren Evans (51 assists, 15 digs) led the team to victory. Lott and Goodman accounted for 35 of the Cougars' 57 kills. Lindsey Evans led the team with 19 digs.
Up next for UNLV are two home conference matches against Air Force (Thursday, Oct. 27) and New Mexico (Saturday, Oct. 29). Both matches are slated to serve it up at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.