#25 Rebels Come Up Short Against BYU
Nov. 17, 2007
PROVO, Utah - For the first time in the 2007 season, the #25 UNLV Rebels dropped two consecutive matches. After having its 10-match winning streak snapped by Utah on Friday night, the Rebels (21-5 overall) stayed on the wrong side of the ledger with its 3-1 loss (30-27, 30-32, 23-30, 23-30) to the BYU Cougars (20-6 overall) on Saturday night. The loss drops UNLV to 12-4 in the Mountain West Conference, while it improved BYU to the same mark. The teams close out the regular season tied for second place in the league's standings.
The 17th-ranked Colorado State Rams earned the 2007 MWC regular season crown with their 13-3 regular season record. By virtue of taking the regular season title, CSU will enter next week's MWC Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas, as the top seed and play the winner of the #8 seed (San Diego State) vs. the #9 seed (Air Force) on Thursday, Nov. 22. UNLV will be the second seed thanks to holding a tiebreaker over BYU and face the #7 seed (Wyoming). BYU will play the #6 seed (New Mexico), while the #4 seed (TCU) faces off with the #5 seed (Utah).
The Cougars out-hit the Rebels .222 to .165 with each game going to the team with the highest hitting efficiency in each frame. UNLV came out with a win in game one, while hitting .188 to BYU's .118. Game two was a tight affair, as the Cougars had to win the stanza on their fourth game point. The Cougars hit just slightly better than UNLV in the second with a .183 to .175 tally. Both teams hit their best in the fourth, as BYU dished out a .400 to UNLV's .245. The fourth game saw BYU hit .214 to the Rebels' .058.
UNLV got double-doubles from Maria Aladjova, Brittani Lumsden and Melody Nua. Aladjova combined 15 kills with 12 digs for the feat, as did Lumsden with her 12 kills and 17 digs. Nua, on the other hand, paired her 63 assists with her 12 digs.
Lauren Miramontes led the Rebels in attacking with 22 kills. Miramontes was one of four players with 10 or more kills in the match. Miramontes was joined in double figures by Erin Greenwood (22 kills), Aladjova and Lumsden.
BYU was led by Chelsea Goodman's 23 kills and her .311 hitting efficiency. Goodman tallied one of five double-doubles for BYU, as she registered 11 digs, as well. Amy Schlauder joined Goodman in the double-double club with her 18 digs and a team-high 57 assists. Rachel Dyer was the third Cougar to earn a double-double with her match-high 10 blocks (one solo) and 17 kills. Erica Lott (13 kills, 20 digs) and Bryn Porter (10 kills, 10 digs) rounded out the quintet of double-double players.
UNLV returns to action next on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 with its match tournament match vs. Wyoming. The Rebel-Cowgirl tilt will serve it up 40-minutes after the conclusion of the BYU-New Mexico match (11:00 am PT). TCU-Utah will play at 4:00 pm and will be followed by the final match (CSU vs. the #8/9 winner) of the day 40-minutes after it ends.