It's A Wrap: 2014 End-Of-Year Notes|
Jan. 21, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV Rebels wrapped up one of their best seasons in program history on Nov. 25 with a 3-1 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs. The win not only sent UNLV's four seniors - Allison Davies, Daryn Glenn, Jayme Jacinto and Katlin Winters - out in style, but it capped off a year that witnessed UNLV set single-season records in overall (26) and conference (14) wins.
The Rebels finished the year five spots ahead of their predicted order of finish by the Mountain West coaches. The Scarlet & Gray claimed its third second-place showing in 24 years of competition.
By virtue of their success, UNLV had four of its own - Davies, Glenn, Bree Hammel and Alexis Patterson - named to the MW's All-Conference Team, while a fifth - Winters - garnered Honorable Mention status.
The league didn't overlook the architect of 2015's success, as fourth-year head coach Cindy Fredrick was bestowed the MW's Coach of the Year.
Rounding out the award season was one more for Hammel on the regional scale. The redshirt sophomore became only the third Rebel to earn regional recognition, as she was selected as a 2014 AVCA All-Pacific South Honorable Mention performer.
HAMMEL SELECTED AS AN ALL-REGION PERFORMER: UNLV volleyball's Bree Hammel was tabbed to the AVCA Division I All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention Team.
Hammel, a redshirt sophomore from Las Vegas, had a breakout season in 2014. She led the Scarlet & Gray in hitting efficiency (.343) and all three blocking categories (174 total, 25 solo, 149 assisted). She had 12 contests with 10 or more kills with a career-best 20 coming in a come-from-behind victory at New Mexico (Nov. 6). She hit .300 or better in 20 affairs, which included a staggering .714 display vs. San Jose State (Nov. 15). She tallied at least five total blocks in 22 matches and topped out at 11 twice vs. Seton Hall (Sept. 6) and Fresno State (Oct. 25). In all, she had 298 kills, 25 aces, 12 assists and 66 digs to go along with her blocking figures.
FREDRICK, REBEL QUINTET GARNER MW RECOGNITION: Backed by a 26-7 overall record and a second-place conference finish (14-4), the UNLV volleyball program was rewarded for their efforts when the Mountain West All-Conference awards were announced Monday. Fourth-year head coach Cindy Fredrick was tabbed the MW's Coach of the Year, while four of her student-athletes - Allison Davies, Daryn Glenn, Bree Hammel and Alexis Patterson - were named to the all-conference team and a fifth - Katlin Winters - was an honorable mention selection.
Fredrick, who was has been chosen a conference coach of the year twice previously - 1988 Big Sky and 1995 Pac-10, guided the Rebels to program bests in overall (26) and conference (14) wins. The squad also rewrote the single-season record book in most three-set matches (19), most three-set wins (17), most road-neutral wins (15), most road wins (10), and most conference road wins (seven).
This marked the third instance that a UNLV head coach was named to the honor, as Fredrick joined Deitre Collins-Parker and Allison Keeley, who were recognized in 1998 (WAC) and 2007 (MW), respectively.
Davies led all MW players in digs (479) and digs per set (4.48). She had 27 double-digit dig matches, which included five of 20 or more. She also chipped in 83 assists, 27 aces and four kills. In conference-only rankings, she was first in digs per set (4.46) and third in total digs (250).
Glenn had eight double-doubles on the year and paced the Rebels with 305 kills and finished second on the team in digs with 338. She had 14 double-digit kill matches and 10 outings with .300 or better hitting based off a minimum of five kills. She had notched double figures in digs on 15 occasions. She also registered 72 total blocks, seven of which were solo, 36 assists and 16 aces. In October, she became the first Rebel in program history and the seventh in MW lore to amass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
Hammel topped the Scarlet & Gray in hitting efficiency (.343) and all three blocking categories (174 total, 25 solo, 149 assisted). Her blocking figures were tops in the MW, while her hitting ranked sixth best. She had 12 contests with 10 or more kills with a career-best 20 coming in a come-from-behind win at New Mexico (Nov. 6). She hit .300 or better in 20 affairs that included an astonishing .714 display vs. San Jose State (Nov. 15). She tallied at least five total blocks in 22 matches and topped out at 11 twice vs. Seton Hall (Sept. 6) and Fresno State (Oct. 25). In conference-only rankings, she was second in hitting (.369), second in blocks per set (1.48) and 16th in kills per set (2.72).
Patterson finished fifth among MW players in assists (1,171) and sixth in assists per set (10.09). She tied for fifth in the league in aces (29) and tied for ninth in aces per set (0.25). She tallied 18 or more assists in all 33 matches, including 50-plus on twice. Coupled with her assists, she reached double figures in digs eight times to produce eight double-doubles for the year. Besides the digs and assists, she had 114 kills, 85 total blocks (three solo) and 29 aces. In conference-only rankings, she was sixth in assists per set (10.12) and eighth in assists (658).
Winters was one of six MW student-athletes to earn honorable mention status. The senior from St. Clair Shores, Mich., was seventh in the league in hitting (.343) and ninth in blocks per set (1.18). She was second on the Rebels in all three blocking categories with 134 total, 119 assisted and 15 solo. She had 220 kills on the year with 10 or more of those coming in five matches. She cracked the .300 hitting barrier on 16 occasions with an amazing .875 effort vs. New Orleans (Sept. 19). She had five or more total blocks 10 times. In conference-only rankings, she was seventh in hitting (.324) and sixth in blocks per set (1.22).
ONE WIN CHANGED HISTORY & SET A MILESTONE: The UNLV Rebels took the expression "kill two birds with one stone" to a new level on Nov. 19. With help from UNLV's victory on the road against the Utah State Aggies, the 2014 edition rewrote the program's single-season record book for both overall (25) and conference (13) wins. Besides those two record breakers, Rebel head coach Cindy Fredrick registered her 500th career triumph.
The win also upped a trio of single-season road records that were rewritten this season: overall "true" road wins (10); conference road wins (seven) and both overall and conference road winning streaks (seven apiece).
26 & UP CLUB: The UNLV Rebels were one of 27 volleyball programs in NCAA Division I that cracked the 26-win barrier. UNLV, who finished 26-7 on the year, and #12 Colorado State (31-3) were the only Mountain West squads to earn passage into the small, but highly distinguished club.
Penn State (36-3) won the 2015 national title and also had the most wins by any squad in the country with 36. In all, PSU was one of 10 to crack the 30-win mark with #2 Stanford (33-2) pacing the remaining nine. Three teams - #4 Wisconsin (31-3), #9 Washington (31-3) and CSU - had 31 victories apiece. Third-ranked BYU (30-5), #10 Florida State (30-3), #24 Arkansas-Little Rock (30-5), Dayton (30-6) and Western Kentucky (30-6) round out the 30-plus club.
The Rebels were one of seven teams to conclude the year with 26 wins.
The Scarlet & Gray played to a 3-2 record in five matches against four squads with a minimum of 26 wins this season. UNLV split its two outings against CSU, who was ranked #7 for both meetings, and it also defeated WKU and Seton Hall (28-8), while it lost to then-#5 Washington.
MATCHING UP AGAINST THE BEST: The UNLV Rebels finished the 2014 season with an RPI of 58, which was one spot below their ranking of 57 in the pre-NCAA Tournament release on Nov. 24.
UNLV played to a 5-6 record in 11 matches against seven foes that concluded 2014 in the top 100 of the RPI. The Scarlet & Gray split its two meetings against Colorado State, who was 13th in rankings behind a 31-3 record, and notched two wins over #82 New Mexico (19-12) and one apiece over #40 Western Kentucky (30-6) and #49 Seton Hall (28-8). They suffered a pair of losses to both #46 CSUN (19-9) and #61 Wyoming (23-8) and another to #4 Washington (31-3).
The Rebels had been perfect in 20 straight contests against teams ranked 100th or below until they lost to Boise State (127th/18-12) on Nov. 22.
THEY PLAYED THEM: The UNLV Rebels finished the 2014 season with a 3-2 record against four opponents - Colorado State, Seton Hall, Washington and Western Kentucky - that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Both CSU and UW won their first two matches in postseason play, but suffered eliminating losses in the third round to Texas and Nebraska, respectively. SHU and WKU were unable to escape the first round with defeats to BYU and Iowa State.