#25 Rebels Run Lobos Out Of Town
Nov. 9, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team entered Friday night's volleyball match, in the Cox Pavilion, against New Mexico with its first-ever national ranking and held strong with its 30-19, 30-20, 30-18 victory. The win gives the #25 Rebels back-to-back 20-win seasons, while it is the third time in the program's history that they've reached that plateau. More importantly, the win puts UNLV in a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with Colorado State with its 11-2 record. Overall, the Rebels are 20-3 on the and extended its winning streak to nine matches.
The Rebels hit .390 tonight, which ranks as the best hitting efficiency by the team this season. UNLV hit above the .359 mark in all three games, with a high of .450 coming in the second frame. New Mexico, on the other hand, was held to .146 with two games below .128 and its best in the second stanza (.229).
Lauren Miramontes led the Rebels offensively with match-highs in kills (17) and in hitting efficiency (.516). On the impressive side, Miramontes only committed one error in 31 total attempts.
Maria Aladjova, Melody Nua and Brittani Lumsden tallied double-doubles in the match for UNLV. Aladjova notched her 13th double-double with a combination of 10 kills and 14 digs. Nua combined 42 assists and 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, while Lumsden got her first with 12 kills and 13 digs. Lumsden, also, hit at a .478 clip with only one error in 23 attempts.
Overall, the Rebels had four players tally 10 or more digs with Jada Walker's 12 joining in the mix with Aladjova's, Lumsden's and Nua's figures.
At the net, Miramontes and Aladjova tied in blocks with four apiece. Both players collected one solo and three assisted stops.
New Mexico was led by a double-double by Lisa Meeter (12 kills and 11 digs). Meeter and Jeanne Fairchild tied for the team lead in kills with 12. Jade Michealsen led the Lobos in assists with 33, while Kelsi Phillips was tops in digs with 12.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday night, Nov. 10, with a 7:00 pm contest against TCU in the Cox Pavilion. The match is the final regular season contest at home. After the match, UNLV will honor its four seniors (Aladjova, Lumsden, Miramontes and Walker).