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PROVO — It was a pretty good week for the BYU women's volleyball team.

The Cougars won all three of their matches at home, including Saturday night's 3-1 victory (30-25, 30-23, 23-30, 30-21) over UNLV before a crowd of 1,089 at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Overall, BYU has now won five consecutive matches, a season-high. For coach Karen Lamb, her team's performance this week was just what she wanted to see.

"We needed to get on a roll," she said. "It gives us some momentum going into next week."

The Cougars improved to 10-6 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference while the Rebels fell to 8-7 and 2-3.

Going into Saturday's match, BYU had swept its previous four matches. BYU opened the week by whipping Weber State on Tuesday and followed that up with a victory over San Diego State.

UNLV put up more than a fight than the Wildcats and Aztecs. BYU won the first two games before the Rebels claimed the third game. Lamb was happy that her squad put the Rebels away without having to play a fifth game. That's something the Cougars have been working on lately.

"I'm really proud of our team winning in four," she said.

Defensively, the Cougars were outstanding, holding UNLV to a .040 hitting percentage. They out-dug the Rebels, 53-49.

"They're a nice defensive team," Lamb said of UNLV. "For us to out-dig them is pretty good."

Meanwhile, the Cougar offense was strong in the middle. Lindsy Hartsock led BYU with a career-high 16 kills while Lindsey Metcalf added 11. Setter Lauren Richards recorded a game-high 48 assists.

"It was a team effort tonight," Lamb said.

The Cougars hit the road next week for league matches against Wyoming on Friday and Colorado State on Saturday. BYU returns home Oct. 20 for a match against non-conference foe Notre Dame.


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