Rebels Head To The Pacific Northwest
Sep 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the first time this season with a trip to the Pacific Northwest to participate in the Gonzaga Invitational this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 6-7) in Spokane, Wash.
Joining UNLV & the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Martin Centre will be the Arizona State Sun Devils, who are receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, and the Seattle Redhawks.
The Rebels, who took second place in their own UNLV Invitational last weekend, will square off against the host Bulldogs on Friday night at 6:00 pm. The Scarlet & Gray return to the court one day later for a pair of matches on Saturday beginning with a contest vs. the Sun Devils (10:00 am) followed by another against the Redhawks at 4:00 pm.
GONZAGA INVITE SCHEDULE
Friday, September 6 04:00 pm Arizona State vs. Seattle 06:00 pm Gonzaga vs. UNLV*Links to live stats and pay-per-view video can be found on the volleyball schedule page at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels will stay on the road for the second straight week with a trip to Bowling Green, Ky., to play in the Western Kentucky Invitational. Joining UNLV & #16 WKU in the Bluegrass State for the two-day tournament on Sept. 13-14, will be Ohio, who is receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, and Virginia.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels opened up the 2013 season at home this past weekend in their own UNLV Invitational. The Rebels, who swept both Cal State Fullerton and Portland to open 2-0, faced Kansas State in a de facto championship match in the final contest of the two-day tournament.
Unfortunately, KSU walked away with the Invitational championship after it snapped a 13-all tie and won the final two points in the fifth set to claim the match by a 3-2 score.
Thelen dished out 116 assists on the weekend for a 10.55 per-set average. Her assist output increased in each outing beginning with 28 against Cal State Fullerton to 37 vs. Portland to 51 in the championship bout. She also added 14 digs, 11 kills, six assisted blocks and two aces to her weekend totals.
Glenn, on the other hand, loomed large both offensively and defensively. She led the team in kills (40) and finished second in both kills per set (3.64) and digs (31). She had seven kills vs. Cal State Fullerton before throwing down double digits against Portland (14) and Kansas State (17). She had at least seven digs in each match with a season-best 15 vs. K-State. She also chipped in seven assists and five total blocks (one solo) in the tournament.
BLOCKING TO THE TOP: Madeline Westman closed out the 2012 season ranked second overall in UNLV's career record book with 337 assisted blocks. After one weekend of action in 2013, Westman has become the program's all-time leader in the category with 352 assisted putbacks.
Westman surpassed Lauren Miramontes, who played at UNLV from 2003-07. Miramontes still owns the top spots in both total blocks (426) and solo blocks (80).
Westman became only the second Rebel to reach the 400 barrier in total blocks after playing three matches in the UNLV Invitational last weekend. She sits second overall with 409 total blocks.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS: Besides Madeline Westman's ascension up two of UNLV's career blocking categories this past weekend, two other Rebels - Allison Davies and Stephanie Thelen - join her in the program's history book.
Westman, who had 20 kills and hit at a .319 efficiency last weekend, moved into 10th place in UNLV's kill chart with a total of 783.
She entered the season ranked fifth in hitting efficiency and maintained that spot with her showing in the UNLV Invitational. She upped her career output to a .278 average.
Davies was seventh in digs following her sophomore season, but has since moved up to sixth with 867 after collecting 40 in the Invitational.
Thelen, who primarily played as an outside hitter last season, moved back to the setter position this year. She entered the year fifth in assists and increased her career output to 1,483 after dishing out 116 helpers last weekend.
ONE AWAY FROM 300: The UNLV volleyball program concluded the 2012 season with a 3-0 victory over the Air Force Falcons. That win was the 297th in Rebel history dating back to 1978 and 22 seasons of volleyball.
UNLV upped it's career win total to 299 with victories over Cal State Fullerton and Portland in the season-opening tournament - UNLV Invitational - last weekend.
The program's first win came in 1978 against Snow College in five sets of play. The 100th victory - by a 3-0 score - was at home versus the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Nov. 6, 1998. The 200th came on the road in sweeping fashion (3-0) at Air Force on Oct. 14, 2006.
Overall, the volleyball program's record is 299-318-2.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Gonzaga Bulldogs (0-3): Gonzaga began the 2013 campaign with three straight losses at Portland State's Northwest Challenge. The Bulldogs opened up the tournament with a 3-0 loss to PSU before they lost back-to-back five-setters to Boise State and then-#5 Washington. GU, who returned five starters from a team that finished 9-20 a year ago, was picked to finish ninth overall in the West Coast Conference's preseason poll.
Head-To-Head Overall Record: UNLV leads the series 2-1.
Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0): Arizona State began the 2013 campaign with three straight wins at Utah Valley's La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. The Sun Devils swept all three of their opponents: Utah Valley, Wichita State and North Dakota State. ASU, who returned six starters from a team that finished 20-14 and played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, was picked sixth overall in the Pac-12's preseason poll.
Head-To-Head Overall Record: UNLV leads the series 4-2.
Seattle Redhawks (2-3): Seattle began the 2013 campaign with a 2-1 mark at Weber State's Wildcat Invitational before losing twice more - both sweeps - earlier this week to Eastern Washington and then-#5 Washington. The Redhawks, who returned six letterwinners from a team that finished 9-19 a year ago, was picked fourth overall in the WAC's preseason poll.
Head-To-Head Overall Record: UNLV leads the series 1-0.