UNLV Faces Challenging 2004 Schedule
 
Senior libero Nina Franchini and the Rebels face a challenging 2004 schedule.
Senior libero Nina Franchini and the Rebels face a challenging 2004 schedule.
 
 
 

Aug. 18, 2004

Las Vegas - 2004 UNLV Women's Volleyball Schedule As UNLV head coach Allison Keeley begins her first season at the helm, the Rebels face a challenging 2004 schedule that features matches against four NCAA Tournament teams from last season and two teams that begin this fall ranked in the top-25. "We have a solid road schedule and play some good teams that should get us ready for conference play," Keeley said. "In the Mountain West Conference we get to play some of the top teams in the country. I love the Mountain West." UNLV opens its season at home against Washington State on Sept. 3 and then plays San Jose State later that same night in the opening round of the UNLV Classic. The Rebels wrap up the Classic by playing Washington State again on Sept. 4. After the Classic, the Rebels will be on the road for two straight weekends, as they travel to tournaments at Cal State Northridge and then Fresno State. While at Cal State Northridge the Rebels will play three matches (vs. SMU, Sept. 10, at Cal State Northridge, Sept. 11, vs. Cornell, Sept. 11). Cal State Northridge will be the first of four teams UNLV plays this year that made it to last year's NCAA Tournament. At the Fresno State Tournament the Rebels will play another three matches in two days (vs. Oral Roberts, Sept. 17, at Fresno State, Sept. 17, vs. San Francisco, Sept. 18). Following the two tournaments on the road, UNLV returns home to open up Mountain West Conference play against San Diego State on Sept. 24, the first of four straight matches at home for the Rebels. One of UNLV's toughest tests of the season will come on Sept. 30 at home, when it plays Colorado State, which starts this season ranked No. 11 in the nation by USA Today/CSTV. The Rams advanced to the Sweet 16 of last year's NCAA Tournament. UNLV's first conference match on the road is at Utah, which opens the season ranked No. 24, on Oct. 8. The Utes also advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. The Rebels then play BYU the following day in yet another match for the Rebels against an NCAA Tournament team from 2003. The Rebels close out their home schedule against in-state rival Nevada Reno on Nov. 7. UNLV then ends its regular season with two road matches, at New Mexico (Nov. 11) and then at Air Force (Nov. 13), before the Mountain West Conference Tournament gets underway. This year's MWC Tournament is Nov. 18-20, in Fort Collins, Colo. UNLV finished the 2003 season with a 13-17 record, including a 4-10 mark in the MWC. The Rebels lost in the first round of the MWC Tournament against San Diego State, dropping a three-game set to the Aztecs, 26-30, 24-30 and 27-30. However, UNLV did win the final two matches of its season, beating Kentucky and Weber State at its end-of-the-year Thanksgiving Tournament.

 

 

 
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