Recap of the 2014 volleyball season, includes the Rebels' highlight video.
Allison Keeley enters her seventh season at UNLV as the winningest head coach in program history with an overall record of 98-76.
After six years on the job, Keeley has the UNLV volleyball program on the right track. She has won at least 15 or more matches in five of her six seasons and amassed back-to-back tallies of 20+ wins during the 2006 and `07 campaigns.
Keeley took a UNLV program that had five consecutive losing seasons prior to her arrival into the top 25. In those five years pre-Keeley, UNLV held a combined record of 52-88. In the six years since, the Rebels have won 98 matches.
She led UNLV to three straight semifinal appearances in the Mountain West Conference Tournament before achieving what no other coach in the program's history had accomplished. In 2007, she surpassed the semifinal threshold and won the 2007 MWC Championship earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, a first for UNLV.
Overall, she has produced one AVCA All-America Honorable Mention player (Lauren Miramontes), one AVCA West Region First Team member (Miramontes), one AVCA West Region Honorable Mention (Camille Cunningham), 13 all-conference honorees and two conference freshmen of the year (Maria Aladjova and Cursty Jackson).
Hampered by injuries to key players the Rebels had a rough go at it in 2009. The squad went 8-19 and finished seventh in the MWC. Jackson earned all-conference honors and pushed the program's streak to seven straight years of a Rebel making the list.
In 2008, Keeley led the team to a 16-14 overall mark, while tying for fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 9-7 record. The year included a home win over then-#13 Colorado State and sweeping the regular-season contests with BYU for the first time in program history. The season ended with Cunningham being named to the AVCA All-West Region squad, as well as earning all-conference honors. Melody Nua and Jackson rounded out the All-MWC recipients.
The Rebels had a magical run in 2007, which saw them notch a program-best 24 victories to only six defeats. The squad was recognized in the national rankings for the first time in program history with UNLV being part of 13 consecutive polls. The Rebels achieved back-to-back weeks as the 25th-ranked team in the AVCA Top 25 Poll and spent 11 more weeks in the "receiving votes" category.
Statistically speaking, the 2007 squad ranked highly in the NCAA's final categories. The team was 10th in digs-per-game, 12th in assists-per-game and 13th in kills-per-game.
Major success brings with it recognition and the awards flowed UNLV's way in `07. Not only was she was named the 2007 MWC Co-Head Coach of the Year for her team's efforts and was later recognized as the AVCA's West Region Coach of the Year, but she also coached UNLV's first All-America (Miramontes) and four all-conference selections.
In 2006, the Rebels won 20 matches for only the third time in school history. The 20 victories included a six-match winning streak that led the Rebels to an 8-2 mark to open up the season. One of the highlights of the campaign was UNLV earning its first victory in program history at home over Colorado State on Nov. 12. In MWC action, the squad finished fourth for the third straight year with a 10-6 record.
In 2005, Keeley's squad closed out the season with a 15-15 overall record, while finishing 10-6 in the MWC (fourth place), but came within one point of playing in the program's first-ever MWC Championship.
In 2004, Keeley revitalized a program that between 1978 and 2003 had only four winning seasons in 14 years of play (no team was fielded from 1981-83 and 1986-95). The squad finished the `04 season with a 15-12 record and the program's highest finish in MWC play (fourth) with an 8-6 mark.
Besides coaching success on the court, her players have also excelled in the classroom. Thus far, Keeley has produced 45 Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections, which included tying the program-high of 10 honorees in 2005 and `08. Jessica Walters has been named UNLV's Most Outstanding Female Athlete for two academic years and earned ESPN The Magazine All-District First Team honors, while fellow teammate Erin Greenwood was tabbed to the all-district third team.
Prior to coming to UNLV, Keeley was the head coach at Villanova University from 2001-03. She helped rejuvenate the Wildcat program and left Philadelphia with a 39-48 overall record. She helped move the Wildcats from the bottom of the Big East into a position of playing in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Her finest season in Philadelphia came in 2002 when the Wildcats went 18-16 and improved 11 matches over the previous year's record.
Before her three years at Villanova, she was the head coach for three years at Southern Arkansas University, a NCAA Division II school. In her first year at SAU, the team finished third in the Gulf South Conference. From 1996-98, she was the head coach at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and her teams qualified for postseason play twice in three years.
She began her coaching career at Sparks High School in Sparks, Nev.
Keeley graduated in 1990 from Carleton College with an undergraduate degree. in political science while also earning all-conference honors as a setter on the volleyball team. She earned her master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 1998.