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Miramontes Shares MWC Weekly Award

Oct. 29, 2007

LAS VEGAS - UNLV senior middle blocker Lauren Miramontes and Utah junior middle hitter Lori Baird were named Mountain West Conference Co-Volleyball Players of the Week. This is the second weekly honor for Miramontes this season (third of her career) and the second career award for Baird.

Miramontes, an Upland, Calif., native, led UNLV to an upset victory over then-No. 18 Colorado State last week. She had match-highs in kills (15) and blocks (a career-best seven), while hitting .414 for the match. Miramontes had only three hitting errors in 29 attempts, while also notching three digs and one service ace in the Rebels' sweep.

Baird, from Murray, Utah, led Utah to a 3-0 record on the week, including a 2-0 mark in conference play with wins over Wyoming and Air Force. In a non-conference sweep of Utah Valley State, she had eight total blocks (six assisted, two solo), seven kills, three digs and a hitting efficiency of .429. Against Wyoming, Baird turned in a match-and season-high .632 hitting percentage (13-1-19), while collecting eight total blocks, two service aces and an assist in the Utes' 3-0 win. She followed with an 11-kill, seven-block performance vs. Air Force, tallying no hitting errors in 18 attempts for a .611 hitting percentage. On the week, Baird averaged 3.44 kills, 2.56 blocks, 0.44 digs, 0.44 service aces and 5.39 points per game with a .569 hitting percentage.

In the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Division I Top 25 Poll, the Rebels, who are 17-3 overall and 8-2 in MWC play, come in at #26 and sit eight points behind #25 Wichita State. The Rebels earned 104 points to the Shockers 112. This is the second time this season that UNLV has sat in the 26th spot. After defeating then-#12 BYU and Utah, the Rebels jumped directly into the poll at #26.

UNLV hits the road this weekend with matches at Air Force (Nov. 1, 6:00 pm PT) and Wyoming (Nov. 3, Noon PT). Currently, the Rebels are riding a six-match winning streak.



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