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Comeback Cougars Take Rebels in Five
LAS VEGAS -- The BYU women’s volleyball team improved its record to 10-15 overall (5-6 MWC) with a 3-2 win over UNLV (8-19, 3-10 MWC) Thursday.
"I'm thrilled that we won tonight, every win for us is a big win," BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. "It was crucial that we were able to distribute the ball to a number of different players and not just one, thus winning the match tonight."
Senior setter Kiana Rogers distributed the ball 55 times and added two service aces and 10 digs. For the third game this season, Hamson tallied three aces while libero Kendalyn Hartsock finished with 21 digs. Freshman Coriann Clark added 12 digs in the victory.
"Both Kendalyn and Coriann picked up some key digs, which I think is really nice because that has been one of our weaknesses in the past," Goulding said. "Those girls are seeing the game and playing at a higher level."
In set one the Rebels got out to a 3-0 start, the Cougars soon finding themselves six points behind. After a timeout the Cougars regrouped to post a 5-1 run, and later two-straight Snow kills knotted the score at 14. After back-and-forth play, the Cougars finally fell in set one with UNLV posting four-straight to win set one, 25-22.
Three-straight kills from Snow, Measom and Carpenter ending at 15-11 gave the Cougars their final lead of the second set to win it 25-22. Tying the match at one set apiece.
A 5-0 run to start the third set gave the Cougars a cushion to dominate the entire set, putting away the Rebels 25-14. While many players contributed to the win on the attack, Snow posted four kills alone.
In the fourth UNLV got out to a 4-1 lead, causing the Cougars to play catch up, but were able to post a 3-0 run to tie the score at seven. Later the Rebels tallied a 4-0 run to take a five-point lead. The Cougars battled back, but were unable to come out with the match, falling in set four 26-24.
With a 4-1 start, the Cougars were ready to win the match in set five. The Rebels battled back to tie the score at six, but the Cougars answered with three-straight points off of a Snow kill, a service ace by Hartsock and a block by Warner and Rogers. Maintaining the lead, the Cougars finished off the set and match 15-8, 3-2.
The Cougars will next face Air Force on the road at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday before coming back home to host TCU Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.
Cougars Hit the Road Thursday, Saturday
PROVO -- After a heartbreaking home loss Saturday to San Diego State the BYU women’s volleyball team (9-15, 4-6 MWC) now looks to come back with road wins at UNLV (8-18, 3-9 MWC) Thursday at 7 p.m. PT and Air Force (4-21, 1-11 MWC) Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.
Heading out of state for the first time since Oct. 23, the Cougars will take on UNLV Thursday in the 31st meeting between the teams. BYU leads the all-time series at 24-6, with the Cougars taking the last meeting in a 3-0 sweep in the first half of the season. BYU also leads the AFA series 25-1, the last meeting in Provo ending in a 3-0 sweep in October.
The Rebels are led on the net by Sara Nehf with 327 season kills on 3.37 kills per set while Amanda Alles controls the court with 5.73 assists per set and 539 assists overall. Libero Kela Lau Hee leads the offense with 3.59 digs per set.
The Falcons are led by Caroline Kurtz on the attack with 313 kills and 3.52 kills per set while Kelly Spencer anchors the back row with 296 total digs on the season and 3.33 per set.
Although Saturday’s match didn’t end as expected for the Cougars, two players posted career-highs. Senior Christina Measom recording a new career high in kills with 16 and sophomore Nicole Warner also with a new career high in service aces with three.
After Saturday’s match the Cougars will host their last two home matches with TCU Thursday Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and New Mexico Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s match will be senior night for Kiana Rogers, Stephanie Snow and Christina Measom.