Rebels Take Tournament Title
Aug. 25, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The Rebels improved to 2-1 on the year with a split in their matches Saturday in the UNLV Tournament at the Cox Pavilion. UNLV lost its first match to Texas Tech in four games (30-27, 21-30, 30-26, 30-12), but rebounded for a three-game sweep of Virginia (30-17, 30-27, 30-20).
Although UNLV, Texas Tech and Virginia closed out the tournament with identical 2-1 records, the Rebels won the round robin by virtue of the least amount of games lost. UNLV won seven games to three loses, while Texas Tech won seven and lost four. Virginia came out even with six wins and six losses. Arizona State finished in fourth place due to a 0-3 record (two wins, nine losses).
In the nightcap, UNLV picked up its second sweep in as many days with the 3-0 win over Virginia. The Rebels were led offensively by tournament MVP Melody Nua with her 42 assists and seven digs. Nua, also, threw down six kills for a .556 hitting percentage.
At the net, the Rebels notched one solo block and 16 assisted blocks. Erin Greenwood stuffed five Cavalier attacks (all assisted) to tie for the match lead. Miramontes had one solo put-back, while assisting on three more. Aladjova and Samantha Noland assisted on three apiece.
The Cavaliers were paced offensively by Lauren Dickson's 12 kills. Kelly Irvin and Marlow Bruneau split setting duties with the tallying 19 and 16 assists, respectively. Irving led her squad in digs with 11. Shannon Davis tied for the match-high with five assisted blocks.
UNLV wasn't as lucky against Texas Tech as they were in its other two tournament matches. The Red Raiders went up 1-0 after one, but watched the Rebels knot the score at 1-1 before the intermission. Texas Tech wound up taking a close third game, before running away with the fourth.
Offensively, the Rebels were paced by Maria Aladjova's double-double of 13 kills and 15 digs. Lauren Miramontes notched a match-high 18 kills. Erin Greenwood rounded out the three Rebel attackers in double-digits with 10 of her own.
Defensively, Jada Walker had a match-high 27 digs. At the net, Miramontes had two assisted blocks to lead the Rebels in that category.
Texas Tech had four players tally double-digit kill figures with Amy Gandy and Caroline Courtney dropping 12 apiece. Michelle Flores and Alicia Ostmeyer closed out the Red Raider double-digit attackers with 11 and 10, respectively.
Emily Ziegler tossed up 44 successful sets for her attackers. Jenn Harrell led the Red Raiders in digs with 19, while Gandy assisted on five blocks.
The Rebels return to action on Friday, Aug. 31 in the Four Points LAX Sheraton Classic in Los Angeles, Calif., against UC Santa Barbara at 4:30 pm. The Rebels follow that up with a split-doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 1, with a 10:00 am match versus Washington State and then the finale with Loyola Marymount at 5:00 pm.