Rebels, Rams Tussle In Las Vegas
Oct. 24, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
First Serve: The UNLV Rebels (16-3 overall, 7-2 MWC) return to the Cox Pavilion this Thursday, Oct. 23 for a showdown in the Mountain West with the #18 Colorado State Rams (15-4, 9-1). The Rams and Rebels sit in first and second, respectively, in the current MWC standings. UNLV rides a five-match winning streak into the match, while CSU has won eight in-a-row. This will be the final weekend that UNLV will play only one match. After CSU, the Rebels will hit the road for two of their final three weekends.
Week Five Opponent:
Colorado State Rams: 15-4 overall, 9-1 MWC
~ CSU leads the all-time series with a 21-4 record. Since 2005, the teams have alternated wins-loss. In the last five matches, CSU holds a 3-2 edge.
~ The Rams are led by Jaime Strauss' 281 kills (4.19 kpg), Ashley Fornstrom's 958 assists (13.69 apg), Katelin Batten's 303 digs (4.33 dpg) and Mekana Barnes' 127 blocks (1.84 bpg).
Rebels In The Poll: The Rebels moved up to 31st this week in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll released Monday, Oct. 22. UNLV received 22 votes and sits behind Louisiana State, Sacramento State, Wichita State, Clemson and Missouri State in the "receiving votes" category. UNLV was ranked 36th in last week's poll.
The Sept. 10 poll was the first time in the program's history that UNLV ranked so highly. The Rebels came in 26th and only sat 23 points behind then-#25 New Mexico State.
After going 1-1 on the road vs. San Diego State and Santa Clara, the Rebels dropped to 31st on Sept. 17. The team slid to 33rd in the Oct. 1 poll, then to 35th (Oct. 8) and then to 36th (Oct. 15).
Colorado State keeps making a steady climb up the ladder, as they sit at #18 this week. Ever since they were 31st on Sept. 10, they've been creeping forward each week. They moved to 29th (Sept. 17), then 27th (Sept. 24), then 25th (Oct. 1), then 23rd (Oct. 8), then 21st (Oct. 15) to today's rank of 18th (Oct. 22).
BYU, on the other hand, has watched its top-25 recognition drop ever since losing 3-0 to UNLV on Sept. 13. Heading into that contest the Cougars were ranked #12, but have since worked their way out of the poll and receiving votes category. Since that loss to UNLV, BYU has gone 7-3, including 5-3 in conference action.
Rebels' RKPI Ranks 22nd...Again: In the latest Nitty Gritty Report produced by RichKern.com, the Rebels own the 22nd-best RKPI in the country. The Rebels held steady this week and are 22nd for the second straight week.
After defeating then-#12 BYU (Sept. 13) and Utah (Sept. 15), the Rebels owned the sixth-best RKPI on Sept. 17. A loss at San Diego State the following week knocked UNLV to 15th, while a loss at Colorado State dropped them to 20th. Although the team swept past Wyoming and Air Force (Oct. 4 and 6), its RKPI fell to 28th. Road wins at TCU and New Mexico (Oct. 12 and 13), propelled UNLV to 22nd last week.
The Start: After playing in 19 contests and three tournaments, UNLV owns a 16-3 record and three tournament titles. The 16-3 record is tied for the best after 19 matches of play in the program's history with that of the 1998 squad.
Included in 2007's 16 victories are two winning streaks. The first was a nine-match winning streak that lasted from Aug. 25 (Virginia) to Sept. 15 (Utah) and ranks as the second longest in program history. Currently, the team is riding a five-match streak that began on Oct. 4 (Wyoming).
Nationally Speaking - Team: The UNLV volleyball team ranks nationally in per-game statistics in hitting percentage, assists, digs and kills, as well as having the 18th-best winning percentage (84%). The statistics are compiled through Oct. 21.
~ Hitting: UNLV ranks 50th with an average of .245. Nebraska leads with a .343.
~ Assists: UNLV ranks 11th with an average of 15.54 apg. Nebraska leads with a 17.00 apg.
~ Digs: UNLV ranks 5th with an average of 19.90 dpg. Chattanooga leads with a 22.98 dpg.
~ Kills: UNLV ranks 11th with an average of 16.84 kpg. Nebraska leads with a 18.41 kpg.
Nationally Speaking - Individual: The UNLV volleyball team has three players rank nationally in individual per-game statistics in assists, digs and kills. The statistics are compiled through Oct. 14.
~ Assists: Melody Nua ranks 13th with an average of 13.29 apg.
~ Digs: Jada Walker ranks 9th with an average of 6.10 dpg.
~ Kills: Maria Aladjova ranks 42nd with an average of 4.58 kpg.