UNLV's Keeley Named MWC Co-Coach of the Year
Nov. 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The Mountain West All-Conference Volleyball awards as selected by the league's nine head coaches were announced today in conjunction with the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV had four student-athletes (Maria Aladjova, Lauren Miramontes, Jada Walker and Melody Nua) selected on the 16-member squad, while head coach Allison Keeley shared MWC Coach of the Year honors with Colorado State's Tom Hilbert.
Miramontes and Aladjova were UNLV's main 1-2 punch during the regular season as they finished 3rd and 4th in the Mountain West's statistics for kills. Miramontes leads UNLV in kills with 419 and kills-per-game with a 4.51 average. Aladjova follows closely behind with 409 kills and 4.45 kills-per-game. Both players have been named to the MWC All-Conference team since 2005.
Walker, who shared the libero duties with San Diego State's Aime Cordeiro, helped UNLV to 1st place in the conference standings in digs-per-game. Walker closed out the regular season ranked second behind Cordeiro in individual dig totals with 515 of her own. This was her second time to be named to the all-conference team.
Nua led UNLV to 1st place in the conference's assists-per-game statistics. She dished out 1,198 helpers to lead the Rebels and place third in the MWC's individual standings.
Colorado State's Mekana Barnesearned her first player of the year honor after leading the Rams to their fifth outright MWC regular-season title. Barnes finished the regular-season leading the league in blocks per game in overall and conference matches, second in hitting percentage in overall and conference matches, fourth in points per game in conference matches (sixth in overall matches) and eighth in kills per game in overall and conference matches. She set a new MWC all-time record in total blocks with 19.0 at Utah on September 21 and has been honored as the MWC Player of the Week four times this season. Barnes also became the sixth Conference player and first since the 2004 season to be named AVCA Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week on September 4.
New Mexico's Lisa Meeter earned MWC Freshman of the Year accolades after tallying the Conference's highest freshman ranking in kills per game in conference matches (3.74) and points per game in league play (4.22). She also finished the regular-season ranked third in service aces per game for overall matches (0.35). Meeter has tallied double-figure kills in 20 of 28 matches played and averages 3.30 kills and 2.89 digs per game.
Hilbert was named MWC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. He led the 20th-ranked Rams to a 13-3 conference mark (21-6 overall), as Colorado State collected its fifth outright MWC regular-season crown and sixth conference title overall. Hilbert has also led the Rams to their 13th consecutive 20-plus win season.
Keeley was named MWC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. She led the Rebels to their highest finish as members of the MWC (tied for second) with a 12-4 conference record. Keeley also guided UNLV to its highest overall win total since 1998 and the most league wins since 1979.
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