Rebels Open Second Half Of League Play At Home
Oct. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels open up the second half of the 2013 Mountain West season at home in the Cox Pavilion with matches against the New Mexico Lobos and Air Force Falcons on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both contests are slated for 7:00 pm first serves.
UNLV, who went 7-3 in the first half of the MW docket, sits in a second-place tie with New Mexico as well as Fresno State and Utah State. The quartet trail Colorado State, who moved up to #9 in this week's AVCA Div. I Top 25 Poll, and its perfect 10-0 league mark by three matches.
THIS WEEK'S PROMOTIONS: The UNLV Rebels will hold promotions for both of their home matches this week.
Thursday: "Social Media Night"
Saturday: "Military Appreciation Night"
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will have this week's matches streamed live via the Mountain West Network. Links for both contests as well as live stats (GameTracker) can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: After this week's matches, the UNLV Rebels hit the road for their next four contests. The first three of the road outings will take place within a five-day span in the Golden State.
UNLV will open the trip with a stop at Fresno State on Nov. 7. Two days later, they will square off against Mountain West newcomer San Jose State on Nov. 9. Two days after that, on Nov. 11, the Rebels will play at San Diego State.
The fourth and final match will take place on Nov. 16 against in-state rival Nevada, Reno. That contest will have Governor's Series implications between the two programs.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels split their pair of matches last week on the road in the Mountain Time Zone. UNLV knocked off a pesky Boise State squad, 3-2, after it initially took a 2-0 lead only to see the home team rally to even the score at 2-all. A couple of days later, the Rebels jumped out to a 1-0 lead only to see Utah State fight back to win three straight sets to claim the bout 3-1.
The Scarlet & Gray got one double-double in each match with Daryn Glenn achieving the feat against BSU (10 kills, 16 digs), while Sekola Falemaka did it at USU (11k, 13d).
Falemaka led the team in kills with 30, while Glenn and Julia Topor had 24 apiece.
Stephanie Thelen dished out a total of 101 assists on the weekend to go along with 13 digs, eight assisted blocks, seven kills and one aces.
The Rebels had a trio of players notch 20 or more digs with Allison Davies' 36 leading the way. Glenn was second with 23, while Falemaka followed closely with 22.
At the net, Madeline Westman was instrumental both offensively and defensively. Westman had 16 kills to couple with 14 assisted blocks.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
New Mexico Lobos (17-4, 7-3 Mountain West): The Lobos began the year 1-1 before they reeled off a 10-game winning streak before a loss to then-#19 Colorado State. UNM has gone 6-2 since that loss with two stretches of three straight wins, but one of those defeats was to UNLV - 3-1 final - on Oct. 12 in Albuquerque. UNM is 6-2 in true road contests and 8-2 overall in matches played away from its home gym. Chantale Riddle, who is this week's Mountain West Player of the Week, leads the team in kills (314), while also ranking highly in digs (168), total blocks (79) and aces (11).
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 19-13.
Air Force Falcons (5-16, 2-7 Mountain West): The Falcons snapped a five-match losing streak - started by a 3-1 loss to UNLV on Oct. 10 at the Academy - with a 3-0 sweep of Nevada, Reno last week. Besides their most recent string of losses, Air Force has suffered losing skids of three, two, four and two contests. Air Force is 1-6 in true road contests and 2-11 in matches played away from its home gym.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 33-2.