Volleyball Drops Second Match to UNLV
Sept. 4, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Washington State volleyball team lost for a second time this weekend to UNLV with scores of 30-23, 30-26, 30-28 Saturday night in the UNLV Classic Tournament at Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.
WSU drops to 0-3 on the season while UNLV moved to a 2-1 record. Cougars Jennifer Todd and Kelly Rosin were named to the all-tournament team.
UNLV's Maria Aladjova led the Rebels with 12 kills (.212) with Brittani Lumsden and Michelle Banks adding 11 kills each. Lumsden was the Rebels' digs leader with 13 while Kristen Koochi had five of her team's 13 service aces. Setter Marisa Okamoto added 35 assists. UNLV sophomore middle blocker Lauren Miramontes, who didn't play in the Friday WSU match because of an NCAA eligibility ruling, started Saturday night and added five kills and two blocks.
WSU's Rosin led the match with 14 kills (.206) and Todd added 13 kills (.370) and five blocks. Stacey Holbrook had the match-high 14 digs while freshman setter Nicole Martin had 36 assists. WSU out-blocked UNLV 7 to 3 in the match.
"I think we learned a lot from this weekend's performance," first-year Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "We have a ton of work to do. That's why we play in these tournaments so we can prepare for the Pac-10 Conference and learn about our team. I hope we have some things more solidified and are ready to move forward by the time the Pac-10 Conference play comes along. I'm very, very optimistic about the future. I do want to single out Stacey Holbrook. She has solidified herself as our libero and she had a tremendous performance this weekend as did Jenn Todd."
With the score tied at 16-all in the first game, the Rebels reeled off eight straight points before April Lott landed a shot to stop the onslaught at 23-17. But UNLV kept the momentum and won the first game 30-23. Aladjova, Todd and Rosin all had six kills in this first game.
The Cougars watched their18-13 game two lead dissolve into a 23-21 Rebels lead. WSU stayed within two until Alison Billingsley served into the net and Aladjova drilled a kill to put UNLV up 28-24. Martin scored on a turnaround dump followed by Banks hitting into the net to make close the UNLV lead to two points. But on the next play Banks redeemed herself with a reach over to push a ball down on the Cougs' court. UNLV served for game point and Aladjova tooled the Todd and Rosin block for the 30-26 Rebels win.
For the third time in three matches this season, the Cougars found themselves down two games. But this time there would be no coming back. WSU was within one of the Rebel's early lead, down 13-12, when UNLV ripped off six straight points. But the Cougs came back with an 8-1 run to tie the game at 20. The teams traded points until WSU paired kills from Rosin and Jen Barcus to go up 25-23. UNLV came back with four straight scores to take the 27-25 lead. As the squads traded the final six points, the host Rebels won game three 30-28, and the match 3-0.
WSU returns to Pullman for its home opener this Wednesday, Sept. 8, as the Cougars host No. 11 Colorado State in a 7 p.m. match at Bohler Gym.
UNLV (2-1) 30 30 30 Washington State (0-3) 23 26 28 STATISTICS: KILLS - UNLV 47 (Aladjova 12), WSU 45 (Rosin 14) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UNLV .205, WSU .203 ASSISTS - UNLV 44 (Okamoto 35), WSU 42 (Martin 36) DIGS - UNLV 45 (Lumsden 13), WSU 46 (Holbrook 14) BLOCKS - UNLV 3 (Lumsden, Miramonte 2 each), WSU 7 (Todd 5) SERVICE ACES - UNLV 13 (Koochi 5), WSU 4 (Rosin 2) Attendance: 211. UNLV Classic All-Tournament Team: Jennifer Todd (WSU), Kelly Rosin (WSU), Lauren Miramontes (UNLV), Maria Aladjova (UNLV), Kristina Conrad (SJSU), Jessie Shull (SJSU), MVP - Carrie Nash (SJSU).
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