Rebels Begin Four-Match Homestand Thursday|
Oct. 11, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team returns to Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion to host four-match homestand, which begins Thursday night at 6:00 pm with a contest against the Fresno State Bulldogs. It will continue Saturday with a 3:00 pm affair against the San Diego State, and carry through next week with visits from No. 21 Colorado State and Wyoming.
The Scarlet & Gray sits 6-13 overall and owns a 2-4 mark in Mountain West play after it won back-to-back, five-set matches in come-from-behind fashion last week on the road at San Jose State and Nevada, Reno.
Fresno State and San Diego State - like UNLV - have identical 2-4 records in conference play. The Bulldogs are 7-11 overall and has lost two of their last three and five of their last seven matches. The Aztecs are 8-11 on the year and have won two of their last three, but been on the losing end of four of their last six. The two sides played each other last week with FS winning 3-1. They also squared off against Air Force to mixed results; SDSU won its match 3-1, while FS lost its 3-2.
TUNE IN, WATCH & LISTEN: The UNLV volleyball team will have both of its matches this week streamed live online and free of charge via Stadium's linear network (WatchStadium.com, WatchStadium.Twitter.com and the Mountain West Network). A link to the video stream as well as live statistics for both contests can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
Saturday vs. San Diego State: Pink Game ... Wear pink with the Rebels in support of breast cancer awareness and receive 1/2 price admission at the door.
ON THE SIDELINE: With the conclusion of the first half of this four-match homestand, UNLV Volleyball will return to the Cox Pavilion next week to host No. 21 Colorado State and Wyoming. The Rebels welcome the nationally ranked Rams to town for a 6:00 pm affair Thursday. The Cowgirls come in two days later for a Saturday matinee at 12:00 pm.
LEKA'S DEFENSE RECOGNIZED BY MW: UNLV volleyball's Leka Kiner-Falefa was named the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in a pair of come-from-behind, five-set victories for the week ending on October 7. This is the first career conference weekly honor for Kiner-Falefa.
The sophomore libero from Honolulu contributed 54 digs between the wins over San Jose State and Nevada, Reno with an average of 5.40 digs per set. Kiner-Falefa also added nine assists and one ace to go along with an overall .870 serve-reception percentage. In Thursday's contest at SJSU, she posted 25 digs, eight of which came in the decisive fifth frame, as well as eight assists. Two days later, she registered 29 digs and one assist against in-state rival UNR.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS: UNLV Volleyball's head-to-head series against the Fresno State Bulldogs and San Diego State Aztecs more than 21 years each. The Rebels and FS first met in 1996, while the first encounter between UNLV and SDSU took place in 1985.
UNLV and FS have played 16 times with the former winning 10 of those meetings, including three straight and six of the past seven. In matches that have taken place in Las Vegas, the Rebels are 6-2.
UNLV and SDSU have played 44 times in all, but the Rebels trail by eight matches in the series, 18-26. The last 12 contests have been split down the middle; however, the Aztecs have won the past two - 3-0 with both played in San Diego.