All Good Things Must Come To An End
Sept. 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO - The UNLV volleyball team (10-2 overall, 2-1 Mountain West Conference) had its nine-match winning streak snapped with its five-game loss (31-29, 26-30, 27-30, 30-28, 13-15) at San Diego State (10-4, 2-1 MWC) Friday night. The Rebels won the first game, but dropped games two and three to fall behind. UNLV rallied to win the fourth to even the score at 2-2, but ultimately the home team got the best of the Rebels.
The loss brings to an end of the Rebels second-best winning streak in the program's history. The 10-2 overall record ranks as the best 12-match start to a season.
The Rebels were out-hit .203 to .154 in the match. The Aztecs held greater hitting percentages in all games, but the fourth. SDSU stayed within .213 to .245 in the first four games, but only managed a .031 in the fourth. UNLV stayed within .188 to .289 in games one, three and four, but hit only .094 in the second. Unfortunately, the Rebels hit -.027 in the fifth.
Maria Aladjova led the Rebels with her 10th double-double of the season with a combination of 27 kills (match-high) and 14 digs. Aladjova now has 30 double-doubles in her career and has hit in double-digits 77 times.
Lauren Miramontes knocked down 20 kills, while hitting at a .145 clip. Defensively, Miramotnes contributed eight digs and six total blocks (two solo).
Melody Nua assisted on a match-high and career-high 66 kills. Nua accumulated all but five of the 71 assists for the Rebels.
The Rebels had three other players rack up 10 or more digs in the match besides Aladjova's amount. Jada Walker had a match-high 34, which ties the UNLV single-match record that she set earlier this season against Arizona State. Camille Cunningham and Jessica Walters rounded out the four with 20 and 17 of their own, respectively.
San Diego State got double-doubles from Stephanie Darnell (16 kills and 23 digs) and Kristen Castillo (63 assists and 15 digs). Lauren Salisbury led the Aztecs in kills with 25, while Lindsey Mahan dropped in 18 of her own.
Besides Darnall's 23 digs and Castillo's 15, the Aztecs got double-figures in that category from Aime Cordeiro (27), Michelle Ferrer (15) and Brianna Bowman (11).
In game one, the Rebels held a slight lead throughout most of the game until winning nine of 13 points after an 18-18 tie. After taking a 27-22 lead, SDSU rattled off seven straight points to turn the tables on UNLV and to take a 29-27 lead. UNLV was forced to call timeout and came out on fire by winning the final four points for a 31-29 win.
After sitting tied at 20-20 in game two, SDSU scored five of the next seven points for a 25-22 lead. UNLV scored two to pull within one at 25-24 to make SDSU call time. After the break, the Aztecs pushed its lead to three at 27-24 to bring UNLV to call for a stoppage. The Rebels scored two to cut the deficit to one (27-26), but watched as the Aztecs score the final three for a 30-26 win.
In the third frame, SDSU jumped out to a lead and held the advantage by as much as five at 16-11. UNLV turned its offense on and scored eight of the next nine points to take a 19-17 lead. From that point on there were five ties with the last coming at 27-27. Before the final tie, SDSU called a timeout. After the break, the Aztecs scored the final four points to go up two games to one with the 30-27 win.
UNLV evened things up with a 30-28 win in the fourth. The game was close until the Rebels pushed out to a five-point lead with the last coming at the 29-24 juncture. Trailing by five, SDSU reeled off four straight to pull within one at 29-28. Following a UNLV timeout, Sara Nehf stepped up and delivered the final point for the win.
In the final stanza, SDSU broke open a 5-5 stalemate and took two four-point leads at 10-6 and 12-8 before UNLV tied things up at 12-12. After evening the score at 13-13 SDSU was able to score the final two points for the 15-13 win.
UNLV stays in the Golden State until Sunday, Sept. 23, when the Rebels face the Santa Clara Broncos at 1:00 pm.