Rebels Gobble Up Cowgirls In Quarterfinals
Nov. 22, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The second-seeded UNLV Rebels improved to 22-5 on the year with their 3-1 win over the seventh-seeded Wyoming Cowgirls on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. With the win, the Rebels earned their fourth straight trip into the semifinals and will face the third-seeded BYU Cougars at 3:30 pm PST Friday. UNLV won the match by scores of 30-12, 30-22, 27-30, 30-21.
The 3-1 win extended UNLV's reign over Wyoming by winning its eighth-straight match played in Las Vegas in the series. Currently, UNLV has won four in-a-row against the Cowgirls.
UNLV out-hit Wyoming .279 to .167 with strong outings in game one (.432) and game four (.341). The Rebels struck early with a quick game one win by a 30-12 margin thanks to 17 kills and only one error. They followed suit with a 21-kill performance in the second game, while hitting .255. The only frame that UNLV faltered was in the third when they hit .116. Wyoming, on the other hand, hit no higher than .255 in any single game. The .255 came in the Cowgirls' lone win in game three. The rest of the match saw them hit .045 in game one, .156 in game two and .205 in game four.
The Rebels were led by double-doubles from Maria Aladjova, Brittani Lumsden and Melody Nua. Aladjova and Lumsdun paired their kills with their digs, while Nua used a combination of assists and digs for the feat.
Aladjova tied for the match-lead with 20 kills, while hitting .326. She was one of three Rebels to tally double-digits in kills, as Lauren Miramontes' 19 and Lumsden's 11 joined her. She was one of five Rebels to dig out 10 or more Cowgirl attacks, as she had 13.
Miramontes' played strong in all phases of the match, as she contributed two aces and eight blocks (one solo) to her 19-kill performance. She led all Rebels with her .341 hitting efficiency.
Melody Nua helped out her fellow Rebels, as she dished out 57 assists in the match.
Jada Walker led UNLV's defense with her 29 digs. Walker was followed by Lumsden's 15, Aladjova's 13, Camille Cunnigham's 13 and Nua's 12.
Wyoming was led offensively by double-digit kill efforts by Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum. Smith tied Aladjova for the match-high with 20, while Hellbaum had 12.
Tasha Weishahn assisted on 48 of the Cowgirls' 52 helpers.
Hellbaum amassed a double-double in the match, as she had 24 digs to lead the Cowgirls. Carissa Lee was second for Wyoming in digs with her 17.