Rebels Stay On The Road
Sept. 1, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
FIRST SERVE The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the second consecutive week with a three-match trip in Corvallis, Ore., this weekend (Sept. 3-4). UNLV, who went 1-2 last week at Long Beach State's Baden Classic, will square off against the #19 Michigan Wolverines, Oregon State Beavers and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the Active Ankle Challenge.
The Rebels open up with a single contest against #19 Michigan Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm. They will then play a pair on Saturday with a 12:30 pm affair against host Oregon State followed by a 5:00 pm tilt with Florida Gulf Coast.
ACTIVE ANKLE CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 3 04:30 pm UNLV vs. Michigan 07:00 pm Oregon State vs. Florida Gulf Coast
ON THE SIDELINES The UNLV Rebels will head back to the friendly confines of the Cox Pavilion to host back-to-back tournaments the following two weekends. UNLV will host its own Invitational on Sept. 10-11, as Eastern Kentucky, Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton come to Las Vegas for the two-day event.
The Rebels will play Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 10 (7:00 pm) before playing two matches on Sept. 11 against Pepperdine (12;30 pm) and Cal State Fullerton (7:00 pm).
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-2 last weekend at the Long Beach State Baden Classic (Aug. 27-28) that kicked off the 2010 season. UNLV suffered 3-0 defeats to then-#25 Saint Mary's and Long Beach State, while going the distance in a five-set victory over Rutgers.
Eleven players saw action in the Classic with five making their first appearances in Rebel uniforms. Sara Nehf led all attackers with 33 kills with a career- and match-high 21 coming in the 3-2 win over Rutgers. Kelsey Keeler followed closely behind Nehf's output with 28 kills of her own and added a double-double to her resume after the Rutgers' contest, as well. Amanda Alles pitched in nine kills of her own, but also led the team in assists with 88 and also had 18 digs. Alles notched her first career double-double in the win over Rutgers.
Sekola Falemaka and Madeline Westman made the biggest impact for UNLV's newcomers, as each collected 22 kills in three matches of action. Falemaka had seven kills and 10 digs in a loss to Long Beach State before notching 15 kills and five digs against Rutgers. Westman had 10 kills against Long Beach State and six apiece in the other two contests and had no less than five kills in each match.
SPREADING AROUND THE KILLS: The UNLV Rebels amassed 133 kills last weekend at Long Beach State's Baden Classic with four players tallying 22 or more in their three matches of action. Sara Nehf led all attackers with 33 kills for a 3.00 kills-per-set average. Kelsey Keeler followed closely behind with 28 kills and a 2.55 kps average. Sekola Falemaka and Madeline Westman, both freshmen, round out the quartet with identical statistics with 22 kills and 2.00 kps averages.
SETTING AROUND: The UNLV Rebels started the first match of 2010 implementing a 6-2 system that had Amanda Alles and Kendra Glendenning splitting the setting duties, before going back to a traditional lineup with Alles as the primary setter in the next two contests.
Against Saint Mary's (Aug. 27), Glendenning led the Rebels with 17 helpers to Alles' 11. Alles contributed more offensively with a career-high six kills and defensively with eight digs.
In matches against Long Beach State (Aug. 27) and Rutgers (Aug. 28), Alles tallied a combined 57 assists, three kills and 10 digs. She tied career highs in assists (50) and set a personal best in digs (10) against Rutgers.
THROWING DOWN ACES: The UNLV Rebels have amassed 13 kills through their three matches thus far in 2010. Nile Te'o is a major reason for the 13, as she has nearly half of the tally with six of her own. Te'o has increased her output by one through the three contests. She started with one ace against Saint Mary's (Aug. 27) before notching two at Long Beach State (Aug. 27). She managed to notch a career-high three in a win over Rutgers (Aug. 28).
DIGGING OUT: The UNLV Rebels amassed 153 digs last weekend at Long Beach State's Baden Classic with five players tallying 17 or more in their three matches of action. Kela Lau Hee led all defenders with 48 digs for a 4.36 digs-per-set average. Nile Te'o followed closely behind with 26 digs and a 2.60 dps average. Sekola Falemaka sits third on the squad with 21 digs and a 1.91 dps average. Amanda Alles and Kelsey Keeler round out the quintet with their 18 and 17 digs, respectively.
BLOCKING THEM OUT: The UNLV Rebels amassed four solo blocks and 48 assisted blocks last weekend at Long Beach State's Baden Classic with five players tallying six or more total blocks. Madeline Westman led all defenders with 19 total blocks (one solo) for a 1.73 blocks-per-set average. Westman had no less than five total blocks in any match with a career-best nine assisted blocks against Rutgers (Aug. 28).
Candice Thomas was second in blocks with nine total blocks (three solo). Thomas had one solo block in each match and a career-best four assisted blocks against Saint Mary's (Aug. 27).
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: Head coach Allison Keeley is one win shy of eclipsing the 100-win mark in UNLV volleyball history. Currently, Keeley sits as the winningest coach in Rebel lore with 99 victories.
Keeley, who is in her seventh season at the helm of the UNLV program, has won at least 15 matches in five of her six seasons in Las Vegas.
Coincidentally, she will get her 175th win, as well, when she gets her 100th at UNLV.
Keeley came to UNLV with 75 wins in-had after six years guiding the Southern Arkansas and Villanova programs.