Heading East For A Pair Of Road Contests
Oct. 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels, who have already played four Mountain West matches at home, hit the road for the first time in league play with trips to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Albuquerque this week. UNLV starts things off with a 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT) tilt with the Air Force Falcons on Oct. 10. Two days later, they square off against the New Mexico Lobos at 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) on Oct. 12.
The Scarlet & Gray enter the fourth week of MW action with a 3-1 mark after going 1-1 last week. Overall, the team owns an 8-6 record.
WATCH THE STREAM: The UNLV Rebels will only have one of their matches streamed live online this week. The UNLV-AF contest will not be aired, but the UNLV-UNM affair will be produced by ProView Networks. The link for that match can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels return home after this week's road trip to host two Mountain West teams from the Mountain Time Zone. Colorado State, who sits 13th in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, will kick off the two-match home stand on Oct. 17 at 6:00 pm. Wyoming will close it out two days later on Oct. 19 at 7:00 pm.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-1 last week with both contests played at home in the Cox Pavilion. UNLV led off with a 3-1 win over San Jose State that pushed the team's season-best winning streak to four matches, which included a 3-0 start in Mountain West play. Unfortunately, the Rebels lost in their next outing with a 3-0 setback to Fresno State.
Against SJSU, UNLV was led by double-doubles from Sekola Falemaka (19k, 12d) and Ceannia Kincade (11k, 12d), while Stephanie Thelen fell one dig shy of achieving the feat herself with nine digs to couple with 54 assists.
Madeline Westman threwdown 13 kills of her own off a match-best .522 hitting efficiency.
In the loss to FS, the Rebels got a team-high eight kills from Falemaka. Thelen and Davies led the team in assists (24) and digs (11), respectively.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When the NCAA released its team and individual statistics through week six of the season on Oct. 8, the UNLV Rebels were recognized as a team, while four of their own made the Top 100 in six different categories.
The Rebels are ranked as high as 81st in assists per set with a 12.52 average, while they sit outside the Top 100 in kills (107th/13.15 kps).
Sekola Falemaka is the highest ranked member of the program, as she comes in 34th overall in aces per set (0.43). Falemaka is also 62nd in points per set (4.28) and 79th in kills per set (3.67).
Stephanie Thelen comes in 51st in assists (10.71).
After weeks of being close to the Top 100, Katlin Winters broke through this week and ranks 82nd in blocks per set (1.17).
Madeline Westman ranks 94th in hitting percentage with a .349 clip.
2013 SCHEDULE: Through six weeks of play, the UNLV Rebels have a 8-6 overall record with four of those losses - Arizona State, Ohio, Kansas State and Western Kentucky - coming against teams receiving votes in the Oct. 7 AVCA Div. I Top 25 Poll. In addition to those four teams, Colorado State, who entered the rankings a couple of weeks ago, is 13th in this week's edition. ASU and Ohio are 16th and 18th, 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.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Air Force Falcons (4-11, 1-2 Mountain West)
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 32-2.
New Mexico Lobos (13-2, 4-1 Mountain West)
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 18-13.