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Rebels Seeded Fourth, Play SDSU On Thursday

Nov. 22, 2005


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Rebels Seeded Fourth In MWC Volleyball Championship

UNLV closed out the 2005 regular season with a 14-14 record. In 16-matches of Mountain West Conference play, the Rebels finished with a 10-6 mark and the fourth seed in the MWC Volleyball Championship. UNLV has now finished with winning records in MWC play in two-straight seasons (8-6 in 2004).

The 2005 MWC Volleyball Championship will be played Nov. 22nd-Nov. 26th in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion. This will be the first time that the tournament has been held in Las Vegas since the MWC was formed in 1999.

UNLV will face #5 San Diego State on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 7 pm. The winner of the Rebels/Aztecs' match will face the winner of the #1 BYU/(#8 TCU-#9 Air Force) match on Friday, Nov. 25.

Last Weekend In Review

UNLV suffered two tough losses against Utah and then-#22 BYU. The Rebels jumped out to early leads in both matches only to fall in a hard-fought five-gamer (Utah) and a four-set match (BYU).

In the Utah match, there was only one game in which the team with the highest hitting percentage did not win that game (game two, UNLV hit .190 to Utah's .218). Utah out hit UNLV .256-to-.159 in percentages and in kills 82-to-72.

The Rebels were led by double-doubles by Melody Nua and Michelle Banks. Nua collected 60 assists and 11 digs, while Banks registered 10 kills and 18 digs.

Lauren Miramontes topped all Rebels in kills for the 14th time this season, as she collected 20 in a career-high 68 attempts. Aladjova followed closely behind with 18 kills of her own.

A season-high 104 digs were picked up by the Rebel backline as Jada Walker led the way with a season-high 27. Brittani Lumsden (21), Banks (18), Camille Cunningham (15) and Nua's 11 rounded out those in double-figures.

In Saturday's match, BYU out hit UNLV .335-to-.208 in hitting and 72-to-61 in kills. BYU had only one game where its attackers hit below the .302 mark (game one's .222). The Rebels hit above .200 on three occasions, but hit a match-low .029 in their third game.

The Rebels were led by a double-double from Brittani Lumsden (10 kills, 14 digs). Maria Aladjova registered a team-high 20 kills, while Lauren Miramontes hit double-figures as well with 10. Melody Nua assisted on 47 kills and Lumsden led the team with her 14 digs.

Follow The Tournament On-Line/Television

For the sixth straight year, the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Championship will be televised, with seven of the eight matches being made available to a national audience by College Sports Television (CSTV). The MWC will be the only conference to have its quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches nationally televised.

To supplement CSTV's national coverage, matches will also be streamed live over the internet (

The Mountain West Conference Television Network will be the production entity for the 2005 MWC Championship. The complete schedule and satellite coordinates are listed below. Check local listings for match coverage.

AIR TIME (All Pacific Time):
Thursday, Nov. 24
#3 Utah vs. #6 Wyoming, 11 a.m. (CSTV)
#2 Colorado State vs. #7 New Mexico, 1:30 p.m.  (CSTV)
#1 BYU vs. The winner of #8 TCU/#9 AFA, 4 p.m.  (CSTV)
#4 UNLV vs. #5 San Diego State, 7 p.m.  (CSTV)

Friday, Nov. 25 Winners of Match #1 and Match #2, 5 p.m. (CSTV, tape delay - 10 p.m. PT) Winners of Match #3 and Match #4, 8 p.m. (CSTV)

Saturday, Nov. 26 Championship Match, 8 p.m. (CSTV)

SATELLITE: Digital Ku SBS 6 TR. 11 Dig. Slot A Downlink: 11953H FEC 3 / 4 Sym Rate 6.1113

Satellite will be active 30 minutes prior to the first game time of the day.



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