Rebels Conclude Non-Conference Play In The Beehive State|
Sept. 15, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV Volleyball (9-0) concludes its non-conference portion of its 2016 schedule with a trip north on the I-15 to the Beehive State. The Rebels will participate in the co-hosted BYU/UVU Challenge that will take place in both Orem and Provo, Utah this weekend.
The Scarlet & Gray opens play in Orem against the Utah Valley Wolverines Friday at 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT). UNLV will mosey east down University Parkway to Provo Saturday to face Cal State Northridge (10:00 am MT/9:00 am PT) and No. 9 BYU (5:00 pm MT/4:00 pm PT).
BYU/UVU CHALLENGE SCHEDULE (UNLV Matches Only; All Times Pacific)
Friday, September 16 (Orem) 3:00 pm UNLV at Utah Valley
TUNE IN, WATCH & LISTEN: Live stats for UNLV Volleyball's three matches at the BYU/UVU Challenge can be found online at UNLVRebels.com Additionally, the Rebels' matches against Utah Valley and BYU will be streamed live and free of charge and, they too, will be linked to UNLVRebels.com.
-UNLV Volleyball is ranked No. 24 in VolleyballMag.com's Mid-Major Poll, which includes all teams from the 27 non-"Power Five" conferences. This weekend's opponent, BYU, sits atop the poll while Mountain West foe Colorado State is No. 18. UC Santa Barbara, a team the Rebels defeated to open the season, is ranked No. 19.
-UNLV Volleyball's 9-0 start to the 2016 campaign is the best in program history.
-UNLV Volleyball has won its last 10 matches beginning with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State (November 24) to end the 2015 season. This winning streak is tied for the longest in program history with ones achieved by the 1998 and 2007 seasons.
-UNLV Volleyball has had three different student-athletes claim Mountain West Player of the Week status this season. Following the first week of play, the Rebels' Elsa Descamps and Bree Hammel swept the awards - the first time in program history, as the former was the Offensive Player of the Week while the latter was the Defensive Player of the Week. After week three, Alexis Patterson was tabbed the MW's Offensive Player of the Week.
REBELS SURF PAST COMPETITION IN SOUTH TEXAS: UNLV Volleyball went 3-0 at last weekend's tournament - the Islanders Classic - in South Texas with 3-1 wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT Arlington (twice).
TAMUCC concluded the 2015 campaign atop the Southland Conference's standings and was picked to finish second in the league. UT Arlington, which was finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference one year ago, was projected to place third in the West Division this season.
PATTERSON NAMED MW'S OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UNLV Volleyball's Alexis Patterson has been named the Mountain West's Offensive Player of the Week. The junior setter recorded a pair of double-doubles at the Islanders Classic, and helped the Rebels maintain their perfect record to start 2016. This is the second Conference weekly award for Patterson, as she was selected the MW's Defensive Player of the Week once last year.
Patterson led the Scarlet & Gray in assists (141) and assists per set (11.75). She also hit at a .321 clip with 10 kills to go along with 33 digs, five assisted blocks and a pair of aces.
She began the tournament with a double-double that consisted of 44 assists and 14 digs. She hit .625 and had five kills against no errors in a 3-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She followed that outing with one -- a 3-1 win against UT Arlington -- that featured 38 assists, seven digs, four kills and three assisted blocks. She concluded the weekend with a career-best 59 assists and 12 digs in another 3-1 decision, this one was against UTA, as well. She chipped in one kill and one assisted block.
HITTIN' ANOTHER MILESTONE: UNLV Volleyball head coach Cindy Fredrick is in the midst of her sixth season at the helm of the program and, in this time, she has amassed an overall record of 99-63. Fredrick's next victory will be her 100th, and she will become only the second to have achieved the feat.
Fredrick's win total has been helped by four consecutive winning campaigns after she amassed 14 wins in year one. Including the nine triumphs this season, she has roamed the Rebel sideline in 162 contests.
Allison Keeley, who coached at UNLV for seven seasons (2004-10) prior to Fredrick's arrival, finished with an overall record of 108-96. She recorded her 100th win against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 4, 2010, and it came in her 180th match as the Rebel skipper.
Over the past two years, Fredrick has eclipsed the 500-win milestone twice. On Nov. 19, 2004, she led the Rebels to a 3-0 sweep of the Utah State Aggies to secure her 500th career victory. Nearly one year later, she picked up her 500th NCAA Division I win in a 3-1 triumph over Fresno State in the 2015 season finale (Nov. 24).
She brought 490 victories with her in her move to Southern Nevada with the majority - 278 - coming from a 15-year stint at Washington State. She also won 86 at Weber State (1985-88), 46 at Iowa (2004-07) and 17 at Luther College (NCAA DIII/2010).
To-date, she sits at 526-414 overall and 509-397 at the NCAA DI level.