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UTEP Eliminates UNLV Volleyball From WAC Tourney
Nov. 13, 1997

LAS VEGAS, Nev. ­ The UNLV volleyball team was defeated by UTEP Thursday night, 17-15, 15-7, 12-15, 6-15, 15-10, in a Western Athletic Conference match at the Lied Gymnasium. The loss eliminates the Rebels from qualifying for the WAC Tournament being held at the MGM Grand.

UTEP (14-11, 3-10 WAC) was led by senior middle blocker Cynthia Maciası team-high 24 kills. The Miners had three players in double figures in kills and three others in digs.

UNLV (8-17, 1-11 WAC) was led by sophomore outside hitter Elizabeth Goyetıs 33 kills. That number eclipses the Rebel record for most kills in a match by seven. Sheila Nicks recorded 26 in 1985. Goyet also added 16 digs for the Rebels.

UNLV had five players in double figures in kills, recording 98 as a team. That number ties the UNLV record for most kills in a match. UNLV recorded 98 at Arizona State in 1985.

Junior outside hitter Staci Smith had 22 kills, freshman outside hitter Justine Kamelamela had 17, sophomore middle blocker Christel Eves had 12 and freshman middle blocker Michele Peoples recorded 10.

Down 2-0 in games and 9-1 in points in the third stanza, the Rebels rallied winning games three and four. UNLV fell just short of winning the match as UTEP scored six of the matchıs final eight points.

The Rebels will be back in action on Saturday as they host New Mexico in their home finale at 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Gymnasium.

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