UNLV 3, PORTLAND 1 (19-25, 25-19, 30-28, 25-20)
Portland, OR – Sophomore Mariena Hayden filled the boxscore for UNLV, finishing with 18 kills, 20 digs and five aces as the Rebels beat host Portland and earned a spot in the NIVC semifinals.
UNLV (22-11) will travel to Iowa State for one semifinal. The Rebels used a late 6-0 run to polish off the second set; in a wild third set that required 58 points to decide, the visitors got kills from Hayden and Elsa Descamps to seal the verdict.
Descamps closed with 11 kills, and Jillian Berg added 10 kills and 13 digs. The Rebels also had 11 blocks.
Portland (20-13) was paced by the 15 kills of Izzy Guzik, while Reghan Pukis had 13 kills. Cali Thompson finished with 40 assists and 10 digs, and Shayla Hoeft added 10 kills. Carey Williams had 23 digs.