Rebels To Face Boise State, Utah State This Week|
Oct. 25, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team hits the road this week for Mountain West matches against the Boise State Broncos and Utah State Aggies. The Rebels and Broncos will square off at 6:30 pm PT (7:30 pm MT) Thursday night in Idaho's capital city. Two days later, they will trek to Logan, Utah, to face the Aggies at 11:00 am PT (12:00 pm MT).
The Scarlet & Gray is 8-15 overall and sits in a four-way tie for sixth place in the conference standings with a 4-6 mark. Over the past three weeks, UNLV has won four of its last six matches, with four of those going the full five sets of play. The Rebels notched wins over San Jose State (October 5), Nevada, Reno (October 5), and San Diego State (October 14) and, most recently, Wyoming (October 21). The losses were to Fresno State (October 12) and No. 20 Colorado State (October 19).
BSU and USU enter this week's acting sitting in ties for fourth and sixth-place, respectively. The Broncos are 12-10 on the year and 5-5 against MW foes; however, they had lost five straight before they defeated Fresno State, 3-1, last Saturday. The Aggies, who have lost three straight and six of their last seven contests, are 9-13 overall and sit deadlocked with UNLV, Fresno State and UNR with identical 4-6 conference marks.
TUNE IN, WATCH & LISTEN: The UNLV volleyball team will have both of its matches this week streamed live and free of charge via the Mountain West Network. Links to video streams as well as live statistics can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINE: With the conclusion of this week's road trip, the UNLV volleyball team will return to Las Vegas and Cox Pavilion to host Nevada, Reno and San Jose State, and they are the third- and second-to-last home matches of the season. The Rebels and Wolf Pack will play on November 2 (6:00 pm), while the Spartans come to town two days later (November 4) for a Saturday matinee at 12:00 pm.
Additionally, the Rebels and Wolf Pack match will decide the allotment of the three points designated for the sport towards the 2017-18 Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. UNLV Athletics is assured of 1.5 points after the Rebels defeated the Wolf Pack in Reno earlier this month. A Rebel win on November 2 will secure all three points.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS: UNLV Volleyball's head-to-head series against the Utah State Aggies and the Boise State Broncos dates back more than 33 years each. The Rebels and USU began first met in 1978, while the first meeting between UNLV and BSU took place in 1984.
BSU holds a 11-5 advantage over UNLV in the series, with six of those victories coming in a seven-match span that began with a 3-2 win on Nov. 23, 2013. The Broncos claimed this year's first meeting, 3-0, on September 30 in Las Vegas.
UNLV and USU have played 11 times with the former winning eight of those meetings, including six straight that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 21, 2013. The Aggies won the last encounter in Las Vegas, 3-1, on September 28.
APPROACHING A(NOTHER) MILESTONE: Rebel volleyball head coach Cindy Fredrick, who is in the midst of her 31st season coaching at the collegiate level - seven of which has been at UNLV, is one win shy of tallying her 550th victory. Fredrick has compiled 549 NCAA wins with 532 of those at the Division I level.
To date, only 59 coaches have reached the 500-win mark in their careers, and Fredrick will become the 60th with her next triumph.
Since she came to UNLV, she has achieved a number of coaching milestones, such as: winning her 500th career match (Nov. 19, 2014 at Utah State); winning her 500th NCAA Division I match (Nov. 24, 2015 vs. Fresno State); winning her 100th match at UNLV (Sept. 16, 2016 vs. Utah Valley); and became UNLV's winningest head coach (Oct. 20, 2016 vs. Air Force).
For her career, Fredrick sits at 549-436 overall and 532-419 at the NCAA DI level. She brought 427 victories with her in her move to Southern Nevada with the majority of those coming in a 15-year stint at Washington State (278 wins). She also won 86 at Weber State (1985-88), 46 at Iowa (2004-07) and 17 at Luther College (NCAA DIII/2010).
MOVING ON UP BLOCK BY BLOCK: As the season progresses UNLV volleyball's Ashley Owens is moving on up the program's career charts in all three blocking categories. To-date, Owens ranks second in total blocks (431) and assisted blocks (378), and seventh in solo blocks (53).
Owen's teammate Elsa Descamps broke into the top 10 in total and assisted blocks earlier this season. Descamps ranks ninth in both categories with 274 total and 237 assisted blocks. She moved into a tie for 10th in solo blocks (37) alongside former Rebels Katlin Winters (2010-14) and Sheila Ocasio-Clemente's (2001-13) 37 this past weekend.