Rebels Burn Devils To Open Season
Aug. 24, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (1-0) got a quick 3-0 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0) in their first match of the 2007 campaign. The Rebels jumped out to big leads in games one and three, but needed a mid-game rally in the second stanza to help complete the sweep at the UNLV Tournament held at the Cox Pavilion. UNLV was lead by a single-match high of 34 digs by Jada Walker and a double-double by Maria Aladjova. UNLV won the match by scores of 30-17, 30-28, 30-23.
Walker, the all-time dig leader in UNLV history, surpassed her previous match record of 31 digs which she had set twice before.
Aladjova nailed 14 kills and had 11 digs to notch her 20th career double-double. She has now posted double-digit kill figures in 65 career matches. At the service line, she threw down one ace. At the net, she assisted on two blocks.
Lauren Miramontes registered 12 kills, while hitting .407 (12-1-27). Defensively, the middle blocker had three digs and assisted on four blocks.
Gerryn Moran saw action in all three games and swung for nine kills. Moran had one ace, seven digs and assisted on two blocks.
Samantha Noland led the match with her .444 hitting percentage. Noland had five kills with only one error in nine attempts.
The Rebels strolled through the first game amassing an eleven-point lead on eight occasions before pushing it to 13 with the 30th point of the frame at 30-17.
In the second game, ASU pushed out to a seven-point lead at the 13-6 juncture. Unfortunately, the Sun Devils watched as the Rebels slowly, but surely, crept back into contention. UNLV knotted the score at 18-18 to draw even. The teams tied things up four more times before the Rebels final broke open the 28-28 frame. UNLV scored two of the final three points to take the stanza 30-28.
The third game started off evenly until the Rebels rattled off three-straight points to break a 5-5 tie. After gaining the 8-5 lead the home squad never looked back. UNLV maintained a six to eight point cushion for the remainder of the final game en route to a 30-23 win.
ASU was led offensively by double-digit kill outings by Paige Mittelstaedt (12) and Sarah Reaves (10). Marina Mercer helped the Sun Devil attack with 26 assists. Defensively, Sydney Donahue racked up 19 digs, while Staci Smith assisted on three blocks.
The Rebels close out the UNLV Tournament with two matches on Saturday. UNLV faces off with Texas Tech at 12:00 pm and then battle Virginia at 7:00 pm. ASU and Virginia open up the day's action with a 10:00 am contest. At 4:30 pm, Texas Tech and ASU close out their three matches in Las Vegas.
Note: In the first match of the UNLV Tournament on Friday, the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) rallied for a 3-1 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-1). The Cavaliers fell behind after losing the first game, 28-30, but rebounded in the final three (30-26, 30-22, 30-24) to start the season on a winning note.