Miramontes Shares Weekly Honor, Once Again
Nov. 12, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV senior Lauren Miramontes and Colorado State junior Mekana Barnes have been named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week. This is the third weekly honor of the season for Miramontes and the fourth for Barnes.
Miramontes led No. 25 UNLV to a 2-0 conference record and sole possession of first-place last week with wins over New Mexico and TCU. She had match-highs in hitting (.516), kills (17) and blocks (four) in the Rebels' three-game win over the Lobos last Friday. Miramontes had only one hitting error in 31 attempts vs. UNM, while also tallying two digs. Against TCU, she had a match-high 24 kills on the way to a .319 hitting percentage. Defensively, Miramontes had five total blocks and five digs as UNLV prevailed in four games. For the week, she averaged 5.86 kills, 1.29 blocks, 1.00 digs and 6.79 points per game while hitting .397.
Barnes led the then-#18 Rams to sweeps over conference foe Wyoming and Pac-10 opponent Arizona. She collected 14 kills and six total blocks, while hitting .481 in CSU's win over the Cowgirls. Barnes followed with a 10 kill, five total block effort in the Rams' 3-0 non-conference win over Arizona. On the week, Barnes averaged 4.00 kills, 2.00 blocks and 5.25 points per game, while only committing three hitting errors for a .438 hitting efficiency.
In the the Nov. 12 edition of the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, UNLV remained ranked 25th for the second straight week. The Rebels went 2-0 last week in its final regular season matches at home. The two wins helped extended UNLV's winning streak to 10 matches to tie 1998's squad with the longest run in the program's history.
Overall, UNLV is 21-3 and have won at least 20 matches for the second straight season. The team sits in first place in the MWC with a 12-2 mark, which is good enough for a half-match lead over #17 Colorado State (11-2)