Road Trip Closes Out First Half Of MW Slate
Oct. 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels hit the road for only the second time during the 2013 Mountain West campaign with visits to Boise, Idaho and Logan, Utah, this week. UNLV will square off against the Boise State Broncos on Thursday before facing the Utah State Aggies for the first time as MW foes two days later on Saturday.
Both contests are slated for 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) first serves.
These two matches at BSU and USU signify the conclusion of the first half of conference play, and they will be the third and fourth played on the road by the Rebels. In the second portion of the league slate, UNLV will play four times at home and six on the road.
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will have both of their matches at Boise State and Utah State streamed live. The streaming links as well as live stats links (GameTracker) will also be provided and each can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels will return home to kick off the second half of Mountain West play with visits from the New Mexico Lobos and Air Force Falcons on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, respectively. UNLV defeated both by identical 3-1 scores in early October. Each contest is scheduled for a 7:00 pm first serve.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels were three points shy of a perfect 2-0 week, but a late rally by the #12 Colorado State Rams last Thursday forced the team to settle for a 1-1 record. UNLV rebounded from that defeat with a 3-1 victory over Wyoming two days later.
The Scarlet & Gray rallied from a 2-0 deficit against CSU to knot the score at 2-all with wins in the third and fourth sets. Unfortunately, the team watched its 12-9 lead in the fifth frame wiped out by a late run by the Rams.
Against UW, the Rebels took a quick 2-0 lead before the intermission. The Cowgirls won the third, but UNLV countered with a fourth-set victory to claim the match.
Both Falemaka and Glenn had double-doubles in the Wyoming affair with the former recording a career-high 25 digs - also a 2013 team-high - to the latter's 13. In the CSU tilt, Glenn had tallied 24 digs, which were a career-high.
At the net, Madeline Westman led the team in hitting with a .368 effort to go along with 17 kills and five aces. Defensively, Westman added 10 total blocks (one solo) and seven digs.
Katlin Winters was also instrumental at the net with 12 total blocks on the weekend, 11 of which came against CSU. Winters also had 13 kills.
Stephanie Thelen had identical 49-assist matches to register 98 of the team's 113 assists. Besides helping out her hitters, Thelen chipped in 11 digs, seven assisted blocks and five kills.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: When the NCAA released its team and individual statistics through week seven of the season on Oct. 21, the UNLV Rebels were recognized as a team, while two of their own made the Top 100 in three different categories.
The Rebels are ranked as high as 72nd in assists per set with a 12.57 average, while they're 91st in digs per set (15.43) and 92nd in kills per set (13.29). They sit outside the Top 100 in both winning percentage (104th/.611) and blocks per set (105th/2.28).
Sekola Falemaka is ranked in two different categories: 77th in points (4.17) and 81st in kills (3.65). Falemaka is 169th in aces per set (0.32), as well.
Stephanie Thelen is the highest ranked Rebel with a 36th-place showing in assists (10.88).
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Boise State Broncos (10-9, 4-5 Mountain West): The Broncos began the year 3-3 in two tournaments away from Boise before a 2-1 showing at their own home tourney. Since MW play began, they've played .500 ball with one win coming against non-conference foe Grand Canyon. They had lost three straight league contests until wins on the road at Nevada, Reno (3-2) and a sweep at home over Air Force. The team returned eight letterwinners from a team that went 17-15 overall and finished fifth in the MW with an 8-8 mark.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: BSU leads the series 5-3.
Utah State Aggies (12-7, 5-3 Mountain West): The Aggies after in the midst of their first season in the Mountain West after playing in the WAC since 2005 and a total of eight seasons. They entered the MW - July 1, 2013 - after winning the WAC's 2012 regular season title. They began this year 6-4 in non-conference play and have since gone 6-3 in their last nine outings, eight of which have been in league action. The team returned eight letterwinners from a team that went 21-9 and finished first in the MW with a 15-3 mark.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 2-1.