Hittin' The Road
Aug. 30, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
First Serve: After hosting their only home tournament of the 2007 season, the Rebels hit the road for back-to-back weekends. UNLV travels to Los Angeles, Calif., for the Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) hosted by Loyola Marymount. Joining the Rebels (2-1) and LMU Lions (1-2) and will be the Northwestern Wildcats (2-0) and UC Santa Barbara (2-1).
UNLV and UCSB get the tournament started with a 4:30 pm tilt on Friday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. After their lone match on Friday, the Rebels will play a pair on Saturday with the day's first and last matches. At 10:00 am, the Rebels square off with Northwestern and then close the tournament out with a match against LMU at 7:00 pm.
2007 Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic Schedule:
Friday, August 31 4:30 pm UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV 7:00 pm Loyola Marymount vs. Northwestern
Follow all of the tournament action here from the Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic Tournament Central page
Looking Back: The Rebels kicked off their 2007 season with a 2-1 showing at the UNLV Tournament. UNLV claimed tournament honors by virtue of the first tiebreaker. UNLV, Texas Tech and Virginia all finished the tournament with identical 2-1 marks. The Rebels went 7-3 in 10 total games played, while the Texas Tech Red Raiders went 7-4 and the Virginia Cavaliers went 6-6. The Arizona State Sun Devils, the fourth participant in the tournament, went 0-3 in its matches and 2-9 in games played.
Melody Nua was named the tournament's MVP, while Lauren Miramontes and Jada Walker were tabbed to the all-tournament team. Nua tossed up a combined 133 assists in her three matches for a 13.30 assists-per-game average. On top of her setting duties, she had 10 kills, 23 digs and three assisted blocks. Miramontes tallied 41 kills for a 4.10 per-game average and 10 blocks (one solo). Walker led the team in digs with 74 (7.40 dpg) and even threw down one kills and six assists.
In their first match (Friday, Aug. 24), the Rebels came out of the gate on fire and defeated the Sun Devils in three games. UNLV won by scores of 30-17, 30-28, 30-23), while being led by Walker's 34 digs (a school record in a match) and Maria Aladjova's double-double (14 kills, 11 digs). Miramontes added 12 kills, while hitting for a .407 clip (12-1-27), and posted four assisted blocks. Nua assisted on 41 kills and Walker had 34 digs.
The Red Raiders got the best of the home squad in the second match of the season (Saturday, Aug. 25). UNLV dropped game one, but evened the score after winning game two. Unfortunately, Texas Tech ran away with games three and four en route to the match victory. Tech won the match by scores of 30-27, 21-30, 30-26, 30-12. Aladjova recorded her second double-double of the weekend with 13 kills, while hitting a team-high .333 (13-3-30) , and 15 digs. Miramontes tallied a match-best 18 kills and had two assisted blocks, as well. Erin Greenwood joined Aladjova and Miramontes in the double-digit kill category with 10 of her won. Nua assisted on 50 of the team's 55 kills and Walker had 27 digs.
In the finale of the tournament, UNLV went back to its day-one style of play and swept past the Cavaliers. The Rebels took the three-gamer by scores of 30-17, 30-27, 30-20. The offense hit at its best clip of the season with a .283 average. Aladjova and Miramontes hit for 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Nua had 42 assists, while Camille Cunningham led the squad with 22. Walker and Gerryn Moran stopped 13 Cavalier attacks apiece.
Just Setting Around: Melody Nua set herself up for major recognition last weekend in the UNLV Tournament. Nua assisted on 133 UNLV kills en route to taking tournament MVP honors. She averaged 13.30 assists-per-game from her setting position. She notched no less than 41 assists in the three matches with a season-high of 50 coming against Texas Tech on Aug. 25. Not only did she help the offense by setting the ball, but she knocked down some points of her own, as well. She registered 10 kills, while hitting at a .217 clip. Six of those kills came in the sweep over Virginia and helped her to a .556 (6-1-9) hitting percentage. Defensively, she had 23 digs and three assisted blocks.
For her career she now has 2,449 assists which ranks third on the all-time career charts at UNLV.
Ala-Board: Maria Aladjova showed why she is the Rebel's main outside threat. Aladjova produced three double-digit kill matches and two double-doubles. She racked up 14 (vs. Arizona State), 13 (vs. Texas Tech) and 14 kills (vs. Virginia) during this past weekend's UNLV Tournament. She tacked on 11 digs against Arizona State and 15 vs. Texas Tech to round out her two double-doubles. In her three matches, she tied for the team-lead in kills with 41 (4.10 kills-per-game), while hitting .271. She provided some more offense with two assists and four aces. Defensively, she had 32 digs (3.20 digs-per-game) and six total blocks (one solo).
For her career she now has reached double-digits in kills 68 times and in digs 21 times. Overall, she has tallied 22 double-doubles. She sits second in UNLV's career record book in kills with 1,177.
Mira-Mira On The Ball: Lauren Miramontes was a force to reckon with this past weekend in the UNLV Tournament. She used her presence in the middle as a hitter and a blocker to earn all-tournament team honors. She tied for the team-lead in kills with 41 (4.10 kills-per-game), while hitting .265. She registered double-digit kills in all three matches with no less than 11. She had a season-high 18 versus Texas Tech. Defensively, she had 23 digs and 10 total blocks (one solo).
For her career she now has 54 double-digit kill matches. She sits fourth in UNLV's career record book in kills with 1,019 and third in blocks with 304.
Greener Pastures: Erin Greenwood played well this past weekend in the UNLV Tournament. Greenwood tallied 21 kills in her three matches of play, which included a season-high 10 against Texas Tech. She hit at a .278 clip with a season-best .444 (5-1-9) coming against Virginia. Defensively, she had two digs and eight assisted blocks. Five of those blocks came in the sweep of Virginia.
Walking On Sunshine: Jada Walker, the all-time career leader in digs at UNLV, earned all-tournament honors this past weekend with her 74 total digs effort. Walker set a UNLV single-match record in the season's opening match against Arizona State. She tallied 34 digs in the three-game contest to place her name atop the list. Besides being a defensive player, she showed signs of offense, as well. She dropped in her first kill of the season (sixth in her career) in the sweep of Virginia. She assisted on six kills and even served up two aces.
For her career she now has 1,503 career digs and keeps adding to her own record.
Mor-an Meets The Eye: Gerryn Moran has had a hectic journey through her collegiate volleyball career. Moran started off at UC Riverside in 2004, but only played in eight matches for the Highlanders. She then transferred to the Xavier University of Louisiana (NAIA) only to be displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She finally settled at UNLV in 2006, but only saw action in four matches (eight games). This past weekend, she played in all three matches of the UNLV Tournament and racked up 23 kills (2.30 kills-per-game), including nine on two occasions (Arizona State and Virginia). She added two assists and one ace to her successful journey back to the court. Defensively, she had 29 digs, which included a season-high 13 against Virginia, and four assisted blocks.
The Camille-ion: Camille Cunningham posted 38 digs this past weekend in the UNLV Tournament to finish second on the team in that category. Cunningham averaged 3.80 digs-per-game and even had a match-high of 22 against Virginia. Besides just being a defensive player, she helped out on the offensive side, as well. She assisted on five kills and even served up two aces.
UNLV began the 2007 campaign with a 2-1 record with all three matches being played at the friendly confines of the Cox Pavilion. In the past four years UNLV has opened up its season at home three times (2004, 2006 and 2007). In all three years, the squad has posted identical 2-1 marks to kick off the new year. The 2004 and 2007 teams have gone about the record in the same fashion with wins in match one and three and a loss in the second. The 2006 edition lost its first match and rattled off two victories afterwards.