Rebel Trio Tabbed To MWC All-Conference Team
Nov. 22, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Three UNLV volleyball student-athletes were named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team on Wednesday afternoon. Maria Aladjova, Lauren Miramontes and Jada Walker were tabbed to the 14-member team by the conference head coaches for their play in the 16-match regular season.
Aladjova and Miramontes are repeat selections from the 2005 season, while Walker earns her first all-conference award as a libero.
Aladjova led the team in kills with 230 in conference play and hit double-digits in kills on 13 occasions. She racked up eight double-doubles in league play, as well. For the year, she led the Rebels in kills with 382 and averages 3.86 kills per game. The junior from Sofia, Bulgaria was previously named the MWC's Co-Freshman of the Year in 2004. She has amassed a team-high 13 double-doubles on the year, while hitting in double-figures on 23 occasions. Defensively, she is second on the team in digs with 261, while blocking back 49 total shots.
Miramontes, a junior from Upland, Calif., threw down 124 kills and hit six double-doubles in league action. Overall, she is second on the team in kills with 236, while pacing the Rebel offense with a .272 hitting percentage. At the net, she is second on the team in blocks with 92 of which 12 were in the solo variety. She ranks ninth in the league in overall blocks per game with a 1.16 average.
Walker, a junior from Palmdale, Calif., was chosen as the league's libero selection to the team for her defensive efforts. She led the team in digs 14 times in league play, while achieving that feat on 21 occasions overall. She tied the program's single-match record of digs in a match with 31 against San Diego State on Sept. 13. In MWC play she stopped 292 digs for a 5.21 per game average. Overall, she dug out 502 attacks to surpass her own record of digs in a single-season.
The remainder of the team was broken down between the top-three finishers in conference play. The MWC's Player of the Year was Airial Salvo of Utah. Salvo carried over her ways of winning conference awards, as she was the 2005 freshman of the year. Salvo was joined on the squad by fellow Utes: Emillie Toone, Whitney Webb, Lori Baird and setter Sydney Anderson, the 2006 freshman of the year. Utah also took Coach of the Year honors with Beth Launiere earning her second such selection, as she did it back in 2004, as well.
The remainder of the team was rounded out by four from BYU (Rachel Dyer, Chelsea Goodman, Lindsy Hartsock and Erica Lott) and two from Colorado State (Mekana Barnes and Tonya Mokelki).