A Look Back At The 2012 Season
July 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels closed out the 2012 season on a high note with a 3-0 victory over the Air Force Falcons - the 27th straight win in the head-to-head series that pushed UNLV's all-time record vs. Air Force to 32-2. The win put a stamp on a great year that witnessed the Rebels achieve some high marks in the program's history, such as: 18 regular-season wins and 10 victories in Mountain West play.
IN RAREFIED AIR: The UNLV Rebels' win over Air Force signified some significant accomplishment for the 2012 edition in regards to overall, home and conference wins as well as winning percentages. Each mark was the best in the program's history since the 2007 squad won the Mountain West Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
-The 18 wins were the third-most in program history.
FINISHED STRONG: Prior to the start of the 2012 campaign, the nine Mountain West coaches projected the UNLV Rebels to finish the year in fifth place behind the likes of preseason favorite Colorado State, San Diego State, Wyoming and Fresno State. With two contests remaining in the conference's regular-season slate, UNLV needed only one win to secure a third-place showing - the program's second-best finish since joining the MW and the best since the 2007 team tied for second. The Rebels, who were down to their final match following a 3-0 loss to Boise State, swept past the Air Force Falcons to claim third place behind a 10-6 league record.
Colorado State and San Diego State each claimed a share of the conference title behind identical 13-3 records. The Rams and Aztecs earned berths in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but both were unsuccessful in their opening matches. CSU was swept by Purdue, while SDSU saw a 2-0 lead wiped out by a come-from-behind win in five sets by Saint Mary's.
UNLV's league record was influenced by its ability to win nearly 91% of its matches against six foes - minus CSU and SDSU. The Rebels went 10-2 with sweeps against Air Force, Fresno State, New Mexico and Nevada, Reno. They split the season series with Boise State and Wyoming.
REBEL DUO EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Just days after wrapping up a third-place finish in Mountain West action, the UNLV volleyball program had two of its student-athletes recognized for their play on the court during the 2012 seasons by the league's nine head coaches. Kinsey Caldwell and Madeline Westman were selected as members of the 2012 MW All-Conference Team, while the former was chosen as the freshman of the year - the fourth Rebel to earn that honor since 2001.
"This is a wonderful recognition for Maddie, Kinsey and the entire volleyball team," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "I'm very proud of Maddie as a two-time honoree, and for Kinsey to be honored as a freshman is very special. Their selection represents their hard work over the summer and their contribution to help their team move from seventh place a year ago to third this year. Kinsey's freshman of the year honor is a tremendous accomplishment for her and our entire program."
Caldwell, a setter from Waverly, Iowa, led the Scarlet & Gray in assists (1,116), aces (24) and double-doubles (14), while starting all 29 matches and playing in every set (108). She amassed at least 22 assists in each match and topped out with a season-best 60 vs. Wyoming on Oct. 11. Besides her offensive totals in assists and aces, she also contributed 87 kills and a .324 hitting efficiency. Defensively, she had 290 digs - the second most on the team - and 56 total blocks.
Westman, a junior middle blocker from Wauconda, Ill., is no stranger to the All-MW recognition, as she was named a year ago to the 2011 edition. She was a presence on both sides of the net with her blocking and attacking abilities. She led the team in all three blocking categories with a total of 137 - 19 of which were solo and 118 were assisted. She tied a career-high with three matches of nine total blocks. She finished second on the team in kills with 288 all the while hitting at a .292 clip. She notched 14 double-digit kill matches with a career-high 21 kills on the road against Boise State. She hit .300 or better 16 times in 2012, and she topped out with a .769 showing against Prairie View A&M, which tied a UNLV single-season record. She also chipped in 59 digs, 11 assists and nine aces. She also appeared in all 108 sets and 29 matches for UNLV.
Overall, 18 individuals were recognized by the MW on Tuesday. Colorado State's Dana Cranston was named the league's player of the year, while San Diego State's Michelle Waber was designated the conference's newcomer of the year. Waber's instructor, Deitre Collins-Parker, was picked as the MW's Coach of the Year.
DUO EARNS ACADEMIC RECOGNITION, THREE TIMES: The UNLV volleyball program had two of its own student-athletes - Allison Davies and Madeline Westman - recognized on three occasions for their academic success. The duo were tabbed to both the 2012 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 8 Second Team (3.30 cumulative grade point average) and the 2012 Fall Academic All-Mountain West Team before being selected to the 2012-13 MW Scholar-Athlete Award.
Westman, a senior to-be, has been chosen to both conference honors three times, while Davies, a junior to-be, has been tabbed twice to each.
All three academic citations are based off a cumulative grade point average. The CoSIDA Capital One Academic Team is for student-athletes with 3.30 or higher GPAs, while the MW Academic Team is for those with 3.0 or higher GPAs and the MW Scholar-Athlete Award is for 3.5 or higher GPAs.
IN THE RECORD BOOK: The UNLV volleyball team had a quartet of players leave their names marked in the program's record book following the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Madeline Westman worked her way up to second overall in the career record book in both total blocks (394) and assisted blocks (337), while coming in sixth in solo blocks (57). Former Rebel Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) sits atop all three blocks categories, but Westman has placed herself in striking distance during her senior season. Westman can overtake Miramontes in total blocks and assisted blocks with 33 of the former and eight of the latter. Miramontes leads Westman by a staggering 23 solo blocks.
Besides providing a defensive presence at the net, Westman has maintained a .277 hitting efficiency in her three years on the court. That figure translates to the fifth-best hitting efficiency by a Rebel in the program's history.
Kinsey Caldwell dished out 1,116 assists in 2012, which alone that number placed her seventh overall in the assists category. Stephanie Thelen, who primarily played as an outside hitter in 2012, ranks fifth with a combined 1,367 assists dished out since her freshman campaign in 2010.
Allison Davies took over libero duties as a freshman in 2011, and she has dug out 827 attacks by the opposition to rank seventh overall at UNLV.
Based off of 2012 statistics alone, Westman ranked third in total blocks (134) and fourth in assisted blocks (118). Caldwell had the eighth-most assists in a single season with 1,116, while Davies had the fifth-most digs with 429. Both Westman and Davies already had their names listed in UNLV's single-season record book from previous campaigns.