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Rebels Visit The Bluegrass State This Weekend

Sept. 11, 2013

WKU Invitational Tournament Central
2013 UNLV Volleyball Weekly Notes - Week Three

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels stay out on the road for the second straight week with a trip to the Bluegrass State for the Western Kentucky Invitational. UNLV will play three matches in the two-day tournament held this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 13-14) in Bowling Green, Ky.

Joining the Rebels and host WKU Hilltoppers at E.A. Diddle Arena will be the Ohio Bobcats and Virginia Cavaliers. Both WKU and Ohio are mentioned in this week's AVCA Div. I Top 25 Poll with the former coming in 21st overall and the latter sitting in the "receiving votes" category at 29th.

The Scarlet & Gray will open up the tourney against Ohio on Friday afternoon (4:30 pm CT/2:30 pm PT). They return a day later to play Virginia (1:00 pm CT/11:00 am PT) and then WKU (7:00 pm CT/5:00 pm PT).


Friday, September 13
02:30 pm	UNLV vs. Ohio
05:00 pm	Western Kentucky vs. Virginia

Saturday, September 14 09:00 am Western Kentucky vs. Ohio 11:00 am Virginia vs. UNLV 03:00 pm Ohio vs. Virginia 05:00 pm Western Kentucky vs. UNLV

*All match times shown in Pacific Time.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels will return to the Cox Pavilion to open up Mountain West play against San Diego State, who won a piece of the 2012 MW championship, on Saturday, Sept. 21. The match will be the first in three weeks for the Rebels at home after opening up the 2013 season in Las Vegas in their own UNLV Invitational.

REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-2 last week at the Gonzaga Invitational in Spokane, Wash. UNLV was swept in its first two matches by the host Bulldogs and the Arizona State Sun Devils before it rebounded with a 3-0 win over the Seattle Redhawks.

Sekola Falemaka was the lone Rebel represented on the all-tournament team after she led the squad in both kills (31) and digs (28). Falemaka began the tourney with a .321 hitting efficiency to go along with 14 kills and nine digs against the Bulldogs. She followed that up with a double-double vs. ASU when she combined 10 kills with 12 digs. In the Rebels' final match, she had seven kills and seven digs.

GETTING TO #300: The UNLV Rebels' sweep of the Seattle Redhawks on Sept. 7, not only signified the team's third win of the 2013 season, but the program's 300th victory.

The Rebels began the year sitting on 297 wins, but quickly increased their total to 299 with back-to-back wins over Cal State Fullerton and Portland to open the 2013 season. Unfortunately, it took four tries to reach the 300 milestone after consecutive losses prior to the Seattle win.

Overall, the program owns a 300-320-2 record in 23 years of play.

Milestone Wins

##	Team            Score	Date
1       Snow College    3-2     1978
100     Tulsa           3-0     Nov. 6, 1998
200     Air Force       3-0     Oct. 14, 2006
300     Seattle         3-0     Sept. 7, 2013

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When the NCAA released its team and individual statistics through week two of the season on Sept. 8, the UNLV Rebels were recognized in both categories.

The Rebels are ranked in the top 100 in total blocks. The Scarlet & Gray is tied for 79th with a 2.35 blocks per set. They sit just outside the top 100 in assists, as they're tied for 108th (12.25 ps).

Sekola Falemaka sits 32nd overall in aces per set with an average of 0.56. Falemaka, who has 13 aces in each of her past two seasons, has served up 10 aces this year.

THREE & OUT: The UNLV Rebels have played six matches thus far in the 2013 season with five of those only going to three sets. This is the fourth instance that UNLV has begun a season like this in the "modern era" of the program since 1996.

Previously, the feat had only been accomplished in 1999, 2000 and '03. In fact, the '99 and '00 editions only played three sets in six of their first seven outings. The latter set the benchmark for the most three-setters in nine contests with eight.

Dating back to '96, the '00 and '06 teams played a program-best 19 three-set matches, while the '08 squad played 18.


Ohio Bobcats (5-1): Ohio enters the third week of the 2013 season with a 5-1 overall record. The Bobcats, who opened the year 3-0, which included a sweep of then-#8 Oregon, went 2-1 last week in their own Baymont Inn Invitational. Ohio had 3-0 wins over both Cincinnati and Dayton and a five-set loss to then-#24 North Carolina. This year's squad, picked to finish second overall in the MAC's East Division, returns five starters from the 2012 roster that finished 21-10 a year ago.

Head-To-Head Overall Record: This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Virginia Cavaliers (4-2): Virginia enters the third week of the 2013 season with a 4-2 overall record. The Cavaliers, who opened the year 3-0, went 1-2 last week at the Pepperdine Invitational. UVA lost back-to-back matches to Colorado State and Pepperdine by 3-1 scores before it beat UC Santa Barbara in five sets. This year's squad, picked to finish 11th overall in the ACC, returns four starters from the 2012 roster that finished 9-22 a year ago.

Head-To-Head Overall Record: The series is tied at 1-1.
Head-To-Head Record in Neutral Matches: Virginia leads the series 1-0 (3-1 win on Sept. 14, 1996 in Lubbock, Texas).
Last Meeting: UNLV won 3-0 on Aug. 25, 2007.

#21 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (4-3): Western Kentucky enters the third week of the 2013 season with a 4-3 overall record and ranked 21st in the latest AVCA Div. I Top 25 Poll. The Hilltoppers, who opened the year 2-1, went 2-2 last week with a 3-1 win at home against Belmont and then a 1-2 showing at Florida State's Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational. WKU bookended a 3-0 sweep of Florida A&M with losses to Ohio State (3-2) and Florida State (3-1). This year's squad, picked to win the Sun Belt Conference, returns five starters that finished 33-4 a year ago.

Head-To-Head Overall Record: This will be the first meeting between the two programs.



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