Rebels Close Out Home Stand With Two Matches
Oct. 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels stay in Las Vegas this week to close out their three-match home stand against San Jose State and Fresno State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both contests are set for 7:00 pm first serves in the Cox Pavilion.
UNLV enters the week riding a three-match winning streak and winners of four of its last five outings.
Both SJSU and FS are two of the four most recent additions to the league after the duo were welcomed after previously playing in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). SJSU and Utah State became official members of the MW on July 1, 2013, while FS and Nevada, Reno joined the mix a year before that in 2012.
San Jose State: Professor Appreciation & Family Night.
Fresno State: Rebel Kids Club, Camper & Youth Sports Night. Also, the first 150 fans in the door will get a stylish pair of UNLV Volleyball sunglasses.
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will have both of their matches streamed live and for free this week. They will be broadcast in conjunction with The Mountain West Network and can be viewed at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: After playing three straight at home over a two-week span, the UNLV Rebels leave Las Vegas for their first Mountain West road contests. UNLV will head East to face Air Force and New Mexico on Oct. 10 and 12, respectively.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 2-0 last week with a 3-1 win at Southern Utah followed by a 3-0 sweep at home of in-state rival Nevada, Reno.
The win was the seventh straight for UNLV in the nine-match history between itself and SUU, while the victory over UNR was the ninth consecutive and 16th overall in 23 tries.
The Rebels were led offensively by 27 kills from Sekola Falemaka and 21 more from Daryn Glenn. Madeline Westman and Katlin Winters joined the aformentioned duo in double digits with 17 and 15 kills of their own, respectively.
The offense was paced by 80 assists from Stephanie Thelen, who also threw down eight kills as well as having 16 digs, five blocks (one solo) and three aces.
At the net, Winters topped the squad with nine blocks (one solo), while Thelen's five were joined by four (two solo) by Westman.
THELEN TREATED TO AWARD: UNLV's Stephanie Thelen earned Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week recognition for the time frame of Sept. 23-29, 2013. This is the second occasion in her career that the Atlanta, Ga., native has been tabbed for the weekly honors.
Thelen, a senior setter, helped the Rebels to a perfect 2-0 mark last week with a 3-1 road win at Southern Utah followed by a 3-0 sweep at home of in-state rival Nevada, Reno. She combined to tally 80 assists (11.43 apg), 16 digs (2.29 dps), three aces, eight kills and five total blocks with a .500 hitting efficiency over the two matches.
At SUU, she notched her first double-double of the season with a combination of 52 assists and 12 digs. She added three blocks and two kills in the team's final non-conference contest of the regular season.
In the bout with UNR, she dished out 28 assists to go along with four digs, three aces and six kills. Her .667 hitting percentage (6k-0e-9ta) and three aces were career highs.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES RECAP: Last week, the UNLV Rebels kicked off the 2013-14 Governor's Series with a 3-0 sweep of in-state rival Nevada, Reno.
The volleyball win was the ninth straight for the Scarlet & Gray in the head-to-head history between the two programs and 16th overall in 23 tries.
Last year, UNLV claimed the inaugural 2012-13 Governor's Series title with a 27-point differential (37.5-10.5) between themselves and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack.
The competition, which is presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold, was launched by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Oct. 8, 2012 between the two universities.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When the NCAA released its team and individual statistics through week five of the season on Sept. 30, the UNLV Rebels were recognized as a team, while two of their own made the Top 100 in four categories.
The Rebels are ranked as high as 74th in assists per set with a 12.59 average, while they sit outside the Top 100 in kills (110th, 13.15 kps), digs (114th, 14.98 (dps) and blocks (123rd, 2.18 bps).
Sekola Falemaka is the highest ranked member of the program, as she comes in 18th overall in aces per set (0.49). Falemaka is also 65th in points per set (4.29) and 86th in kills per set (3.64).
Stephanie Thelen comes in 51st in assists (10.63).
Katlin Winters is close to cracking the Top 100 in blocks with a 1.12 blocks per-set average.
2013 SCHEDULE: Through five weeks of play, the UNLV Rebels have a 7-5 overall record with four of those losses - Arizona State, Ohio, Kansas State and Western Kentucky - coming against teams receiving votes in the Sept. 30 AVCA Div. I Top 25 Poll. In addition to those four teams, Colorado State, who entered the rankings a couple of weeks ago, is 17th in this week's edition. ASU and Ohio are 15th and 20th, respectively.
Prior to the start of the season, the poll featured four teams - WKU, ASU, KSU and CSU - on UNLV's 2013 schedule. WKU was the only one of the four to sit inside the Top 25 at #21, while the other three were in the "receiving votes" category.
WKU moved up to 16th overall in the Sept. 2 poll, while ASU and Ohio were added to the mix.
A week later (Sept. 9), WKU fell back to #21 and the other four squads remained on the outside looking in.
On Sept. 16, WKU dropped out of the poll and into the "receiving votes" category, while ASU (18th), CSU (22nd) and Ohio (24th ) made their Top 25 debut. WKU and KSU were, hypothetically, ranked 29th and 30th, respectively.
Last week, ASU (16th), CSU (19th) and Ohio (22nd) were ranked, while WKU and KSU were receiving votes.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
San Jose State Spartans (3-9, 0-2 Mountain West)
Head-To-Head Record Overall: SJSU leads the series 5-0.
Fresno State Bulldogs (7-7, 1-1 Mountain West) Fresno State enters the sixth week of the 2013 season 1-1 in the Mountain West and 7-7 overall. The Bulldogs began the season with 12 non-conference matches that resulted in a 6-6 mark. They have since gone 1-1 in MW contests played at home against Utah State and Boise State. This year's squad returns six starters from a team that went 18-13 overall and finished third in the MW with a 9-7 record. They were picked to finish sixth in the MW in 2013.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: The series is tied at 4-4.