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Rebels Head To The Mountains

The UNLV Rebels open conference play this week with matches at Air Force and Boise State.

Sept. 19, 2012

Week Five - Volleyball Notes

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels, who traveled to Louisville, Ky., last week for a tournament, stay out on the road this week to open up Mountain West action in the Rocky Mountains. UNLV will face Air Force and Boise State on Thursday and Saturday night, respectively. Both matches are set for a 6:00 pm PT (7:00 pm MT) first serve.

MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS: The UNLV Rebels will open up conference play in the Mountain West on the road for only the fourth time dating back to 1999. Overall, UNLV is 7-5 in MW openers and 2-1 in those that were played on the road.

SCOUTING AIR FORCE: The Air Force Falcons enter the week with a 5-8 overall record after playing all 13 of their matches in tournaments (one home and three road). The Falcons went 2-2 last week at their own Air Force/Colorado Invitational. They defeated CSU Bakersfield and Norfolk State, but lost to Colorado and Washington State. Air Force is led by Cami Richan (163 kills), Hillary Keltner (466 assists), Emma Dridge (12 aces), Maiya Perich (242 digs) and Ayesha Hein (31 blocks).

UNLV leads the all-time series 30-2 behind a 25-match winning streak. The Rebels won both matches last year (3-0 at home and 3-1 on the road).

SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Boise State Broncos enter the week with a 7-7 overall record after playing 12 matches in tournaments (one home and three road) and two non-conference contests. The Broncos went 1-3 last week with losses to Seattle, American and Arizona before a win over UC Irvine. Boise State is led by Alyssa Gammel (189 kills), Casey Rose (302 assists), Kersti Whitney (233 digs) and Brittany Reardon (51 blocks). Sarah Baugh and Whitney are tied for the team lead in aces with 16 apiece.

Boise State leads the all-time series 4-2 behind a two-match winning streak. The Broncos won both matches last year by 3-2 scores.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels return home for two matches next week. UNLV will play its final non-conference contest of the regular season when it welcomes Utah Valley to Las Vegas on Sept. 28. One day later, on Sept. 29, the Rebels will open up their Mountain West home slate when New Mexico comes to town. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm PT first serves.



REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-2 last weekend at the Louisville Invitational hosted by the University of Louisville in Kentucky. UNLV's first two matches - both losses - were to teams receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll. The Rebels gave Miami (Fla.) and #12 Louisville all it had in consecutive 3-1 defeats before they swept Middle Tennessee in the tournament finale.

UNLV had five players tally 22 or more kills at the tournament with Sekola Falemaka and Madeline Westman leading the quintet with 38 and 31, respectively.

Kinsey Caldwell was the primary setter for UNLV and dished out 113 of the team's 140 assists compiled on the weekend. Caldwell also had 45 digs, which combined with her assists gave her two double-doubles at the tournament. She also chipped in five kills, three assisted blocks and an ace.

Five different Rebels had 20 or more digs with Allison Davies (46) and Falemaka (40) breaking the 40-dig barrier. Falemaka used a combination of her digs and kills for two double-doubles.

Stephanie Thelen, who had 34 digs and 26 kills, had one double-double of her own.

Westman, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Rebels at the net with 15 total blocks with three of the solo variety.

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