Home Sweet Home
Sept. 9, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
FIRST SERVE: After spending the opening two weeks of the 2010 season on the road, the UNLV Rebels return to the friendly confines of the Cox Pavilion for their next eight home matches beginning with this weekend's home tournament, the UNLV Invitational. UNLV will welcome Cal State Fullerton, Eastern Kentucky and Pepperdine to Las Vegas for the two-day event.
The Rebels open up with a single contest against Eastern Kentucky at 7:00 pm Friday night. UNLV will play a pair of matches Saturday with a 12:30 pm affair with Pepperdine followed by a 7:00 pm tilt with Cal State Fullerton.
UNLV INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE:
Friday, Sept. 10 04:30 pm Cal State Fullerton vs. Pepperdine 07:00 pm UNLV vs. Eastern Kentucky
*All six matches can be followed via GameTracker link through UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels will stay home for its second and final home tournament with the UNLV Classic slated for play on Sept. 17-18 in the Cox Pavilion. UNLV will welcome Cal State Northridge, San Jose State and Xavier to Las Vegas for the two-day affair.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-2 last weekend at the Active Ankle Challenge (Sept. 3-4) hosted by Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. UNLV suffered a 3-0 defeat to #19 Michigan (Sept. 3) and a 3-1 loss to Oregon State (Sept. 4) before winning a come-from-behind, five-setter against Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 4).
Thirteen players saw action in the Challenge with two (Makenzie Moea'i and Katlin Winters) making their first appearances in Rebel uniforms. Sara Nehf led all attackers with 46 kills with a career-tying 21 coming in a 3-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Sekola Falemaka was second in kills with 27 and added her first career double-double to her resume with 14 kills and 13 digs against Oregon State.
Amanda Alles led the team with 104 assists and added 28 digs. Alles notched her second-career double-double with 42 assists and 13 digs against Florida Gulf Coast.
Defensively, Kela Lau Hee led the team in digs with 42, while Madeline Westman topped the squad in blocks with 11 (three solo). Lau Hee had no less than 13 digs in all three matches. Westman had at least three total blocks and one solo putback in each contest.
FIRST TO 100: Allison Keeley became the first head coach in UNLV volleyball history to notch 100 wins as the skipper of the program. Keeley achieved the feat with the Rebels 3-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast this past Saturday night in Oregon State's Active Ankle Challenge.
Keeley came to UNLV in 2004 with six years of head-coaching experience under her belt with three-year stints at both Southern Arkansas (1998-2000) and Villanova (2001-03). She took over the reigns of the Rebels in 2004 and has won at least 15 matches in five of her six previous seasons.
Keeley, who is the fifth coach in UNLV history, has led the Rebels to two 20-win campaigns that occurred in 2006 and `07. She notched 20 wins in 2006 before upping the tally to a school-record 24 a year later. The 2007 squad went on to win the first conference tournament title in program history, as well as participating in the school's first NCAA tournament.
SPREADING AROUND THE KILLS: The UNLV Rebels have amassed 275 kills through two weekends of action on the road with four players owning a total of 42 or more. Sara Nehf leads all attackers with 79 kills for an average of 3.43 kills-per-set average. Kelsey Keeler sits second with 53 kills and a 2.30 kps tally. Sekola Falemaka follows closely behind Keeler with 49 kills of her own (2.13 kps). Madeline Westman rounds out the quartet of killers with 42 of her own (1.83 kps).
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 five 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.
Since that match, Glendenning has dished out eight more assists for a total of 25 on the young season. Alles, on the other hand, leads the team with 192 and owns an assists-per-set average of 8.35. She has assisted on at least 22 kills in five of the six matches she has participated in, while notching 40 or more three times.
THROWING DOWN ACES: The UNLV Rebels have amassed 25 aces through two weekends of action on the road with Nile Te'o nearly owning half of the total with 11. Te'o has tallied an ace in all but one match thus far in 2010. She had a career- and season-high four in UNLV's 3-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 4).
Amanda Alles sits second on the team in aces with four, while four others are tied for third with two apiece.
DIGGING OUT: The UNLV Rebels have amassed 305 digs through two weekends of action on the road with five players owning a total of 35 or more. Kela Lau Hee leads all defensively players with 90 digs for an average of 3.91 digs-per-set average. Amanda Alles sits second with 46 digs and a 2.00 dps tally. Nile Te'o and Sekola Falemaka are tied for third with 42 digs apiece, while Kelsey Keeler rounds out the quintet with 35.
BLOCKING THEM OUT:
The UNLV Rebels have amassed 15 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks through two weekends of action on the road with four players owning a total of 11 or more. Madeline Westman leads the team with 30 total blocks (four solo, 26 assisted) and a 1.30 blocks-per-set average. Candice Thomas sits second with 17 blocks (six solo, 11 assisted) and a 0.74 bps tally. Kelsey Keeler is third with 16 blocks (one solo, 15 assisted), while Amanda Alles rounds out the quartet with 11 blocks (three solo, eight assisted).