Rebels Announce 2012 Fall Schedule
May 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV volleyball head coach Cindy Fredrick announced the 2012 schedule on Thursday. The Rebels have 29 matches on the docket with 12 of those contests occurring in four tournaments, two of which they will host. The schedule is loaded with five meetings with squads that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament - Colorado State (twice), Louisville, Miami and Middle Tennessee State.
UNLV opens the season with six of its first nine matches played in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels kick off the 2012 campaign at home in their own UNLV Invitational, which is scheduled for Aug. 24-25. The Scarlet & Gray will welcome Northern Arizona, The Citadel and CSU Bakersfield to the two-day, round-robin tournament.
After hosting a trio of matches, the Rebels hit the road for a tourney hosted by the University of Portland. UNLV will face Idaho State on Aug. 31, before squaring off against Tennessee State and Portland on Sept. 1.
UNLV returns home for its UNLV Classic on Sept. 7-8 with Gonzaga, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern in attendance.
The Rebels close out the four-week tournament run in Louisville, Ky., at a two-day affair on Sept. 14-15 hosted by the University of Louisville. All three of UNLV opponents - Louisville, Miami and Middle Tennessee State - that weekend made an appearance in the 2011 postseason.
"We're excited about our 2012 schedule; opening at home the weekend the students come back to campus should be fun," said Fredrick. "We have some very strong competition at the tournament in Louisville, which is also the site for the NCAA Final Four. Our preseason will test our team, but also provide for some very good opportunities. Playing in-state rival UNR at home and away is a great addition as well as the addition of Fresno State to the conference."
After playing 12 contests in a one-month span, UNLV's schedule will conclude with 17 matches spread out over two months. All but one of those matches - Utah Valley on Sept. 28 - will come against Mountain West competition in home-and-away meetings. Conference action begins with road trips to Air Force and Boise State on Sept. 20 and 22, respectively. From that point forward, the Rebels will only play once or twice per week and alternate home and away matches after every two outings until the middle of November when they will close out the regular season with three straight home contests against Fresno State (Nov. 16), Boise State (Nov. 21) and Air Force (Nov. 23).
New to the conference this season will be the addition of Fresno State and in-state rival Nevada, Reno, both formerly of the WAC. FS and UNR finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the eight-team league last year.