UNLV Classic On Tap For This Weekend|
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return home to host their second and final tournament of the 2012 season with this weekend's UNLV Classic hosted in the Cox Pavilion. The Rebels welcome the Prairie View A&M Panthers, Texas Southern Lady Tigers and Gonzaga Bulldogs to Las Vegas for the two-day affair beginning on Friday, Sept. 7.
UNLV opens play on Friday night with a 7:00 pm match vs. Prairie View A&M followed by a pair of contests on Saturday against Texas Southern (noon) and Gonzaga (5:00 pm).
Friday night's Rebels-Panthers match will be streamed live on UNLVRebels.com in cooperation with a broadcast produced by the UNLV's Greenspun School of Journalism and Mass Media.
UNLV CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 7 05:00 pm Gonzaga vs. Texas Southern 07:00 pm UNLV vs. Prairie View A&M
*The team listed first has been designated as the home team and will occupy the left bench.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels will travel to Louisville, Ky., for their fourth and final tournament of the 2012 season. UNLV will be one of three visiting teams - along with Middle Tennessee State and Miami (Fla.) - to play in the Sept. 14-15 tourney hosted by Louisville.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-2 last weekend in their first matches away from Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion at the Nike Portland Invitational in Portland. UNLV opened up with a four-set loss to Idaho State before splitting the second day of competition - 3-0 sweep of Tennessee State and 3-2 loss to Portland.
The Rebels, who claimed third place in the two-day event, placed Candice Thomas on the six-person all-tournament team. Portland won the tourney with a perfect 3-0 record, while Idaho State (2-1) and Tennessee State (0-3) took second and fourth, respectively.
Thomas led all Rebels on both sides of the net with a three-match tally of 32 kills and 19 blocks (two solo). She amassed double-digit kills in each match with 11 in both the Idaho State and Tennessee State tilts and 10 vs. Portland. On the defensive side of the net, she had at least five blocks in each match. She topped out at eight assisted putbacks - tied career high - vs. Tennessee State.
Both Westman and Thelen came up large on the block, as well. Westman had 14 assisted blocks to 12 by Thelen.
Kinsey Caldwell led the Rebels in assists (110) and aces (six), while also chipping in 18 digs, nine kills and eight assisted blocks.
Allison Davies led a six-pack of defenders to rack up at double digits in digs with her team-best 34. Glenn was second with 20 and was closely followed by 18 apiece from Caldwell, Falemaka and Thelen. Ceannia Kincade rounded out the six players with 11 digs.