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D. SMITH EARNING STARTING POINT GUARD ROLE
It appears UNLV has found its answer at point guard the third time around.

Deville Smith has emerged as the floor general head coach Dave Rice wants to go with down the stretch in conference play. Since becoming the starter for good against New Mexico on Jan. 15 has averaged 16.2 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the floor.

Freshman point guard Kendall Smith became the starting point guard over Deville Smith in mid-November up until the 74-71 loss to Nevada-Reno on Jan. 8. Kendall Smith went 3-of-11 from the floor and finished with eight points.

The only knock on Deville Smith’s surge is his lack of assist numbers. His four assists Saturday against Fresno State is the highest in the last four games.

 

WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM BEGINS SEASON 0-2
The 50th-ranked women’s tennis team is off to a slow start to begin 2014.

The Rebels began their new season with team losses against Washington (4-3) on Friday and swept by Santa Clara (4-0) on Saturday in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend tournament in Berkeley, Calif.

UNLV senior Lucia Batta won her first match on Friday against the Huskies (7-6, 6-4), but lost in straight sets to Santa Clara’s Katie Le (6-3, 6-2). The No. 29-ranked player in the nation is now 12-3 on the year.

The Rebels begin the home portion of their schedule on Feb. 7 against New Mexico State.

 

NINE TOP-EIGHT FINISHES FOR TRACK & FIELD
The track & field squad finished fourth overall in the Air Force Invitational on Saturday at the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sophomore Monay Meggs led the way with two top-three finishes, second in the 200m with a time of 24.70 and third in the 400m with a personal best 55.73.

Three Rebels also placed in the top-five in sprints. Senior Ashley Franklin finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 25.55. Fellow senior Erin Morris placed third in the 60m hurdle with a time of 8.51, while freshman Mandy Chitwood finished fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:17.96

The Rebels won’t be in action again until Feb. 7 for the Mountain T’s Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz., as they head to Arizona for the second time in the month of January.

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