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Smith, coach will return to state

Fri 12-7-2018


Macy Smith

PORTLAND – Spirit Lake graduate Macy Smith and her head coach will be making homecomings of sorts Saturday.

UNLV defeated Portland 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 30-28, 25-20) in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament Thursday.

The Rebels (22-11) will now face Iowa State (19-13) at noon Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Smith, a 6-foot sophomore middle blocker, had four blocks and two kills for UNLV in the win at Portland.

Rebels head coach Dawn Sullivan is in her first year at UNLV after 13 seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Iowa State.

Saturday's other semifinal has College of Charleston (24-11) at Tulane (28-8).

The winners will play in the championship match Tuesday at a site to be determined.