Rebels Host #12 Rams, Cowgirls This Week
Oct. 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas to play two Mountain West matches after going 2-0 on the road in conference play last week. UNLV, who sits in second place in the MW with a 5-1 mark, welcomes the #12 Colorado State Rams and Wyoming Cowgirls to the Cox Pavilion on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
The contest with first-place CSU (6-0) is slated for a 6:00 pm first serve, while the Wyoming affair will begin at 7:00 pm.
MATCH PROMOTIONS: The UNLV Rebels have deemed Thursday's match against Colorado State as their "Red Out Night." All fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the Rebels. The first 100 through the door will receive special "Red Out" shirts, while giveaways will be handed out during the contest.
Saturday's tilt with Wyoming is the volleyball program's "Breast Cancer Awareness" night.
WATCH THE STREAM: The UNLV Rebels will have both of their matches streamed live online this week via UNLVRebels.com through the Mountain West Network. Thursday night's contest with Colorado State will be produced by UNLV TV in conjunction with the Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels hit the road next week for their second trip in Mountain West play with stops in Boise, Idaho and Logan, Utah. UNLV will face Boise State first on Oct. 24 before it plays Utah State two days later on Oct. 26. Both matches have first serves set for 6:00 pm MT (7:00 pm PT).
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 2-0 last week in their first road matches during the 2013 Mountain West season. UNLV won both contests - Air Force and New Mexico - by identical 3-1 scores.
UNLV outhit its opposition by 66 points (.211-.145) with five more kills (114-109) and 14 fewer errors (46-60) in 15 less swings (323-338).
Another statistic that the Rebels dominated was in blocks. They had a plus-10 advantage in team blocks (24.0-14.0) with help from an edge in solo blocks (7-3) and assisted blocks (34-22).
Sekola Falemaka had a double-double in each win, while Stephanie Thelen notched one of her own in the win at UNM.
On the other side of the net, Westman led all blockers with 15 (two solo). Topor joined the senior with 11 (one solo) of her own.
Thelen dished out 95 of the team's 103 total assists to couple with 22 digs.
Allison Davies led all defensive players with 38 digs with 21 of those coming in the win in Albuquerque. Davies wasn't the only Rebel to break the 30-dig barrier with 30 coming from Falemaka.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When the NCAA released its team and individual statistics through week seven of the season on Oct. 14, the UNLV Rebels were recognized as a team, while two of their own made the Top 100 in four different categories.
The Rebels are ranked as high as 78th in assists per set with a 12.57 average, while they're 94th in kills per set (13.30).
Sekola Falemaka is ranked in three different categories: 66th in aces (0.37), 81st in points (4.17) and 90th in kills (3.59).
Stephanie Thelen is the highest ranked Rebel with a 36th-place showing in assists (10.88).
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Colorado State Rams (15-0, 6-0 Mountain West): Colorado State enters the week 6-0 in the Mountain West and 15-0 overall. The Rams are one of only two teams that remain unbeaten in NCAA Division I. Seven of their wins have occurred away from Moby Arena in Fort Collins. They returned nine letterwinners from a team that went 21-8 and won a share of the 2012 MW title with a 13-3 league mark. They were picked to finish second in the conference in 2013.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: CSU leads the series 31-6.
Wyoming Cowgirls (12-8, 2-4 Mountain West): Wyoming enters the week 2-4 in the Mountain West and 12-8 overall. The Cowgirls began the year with six straight wins, but have since only won six times in their last 14 outings. Four of those recent wins happened consecutively, but that streak was snapped by a loss to Utah State. They own a 5-7 mark in matches played away from Laramie. They returned eight letterwinners from a team that went 21-11 overall and finished fifth in the league with an 8-8 mark.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 21-16.