Rebels Host Wolf Pack Thursday Night|
Nov. 1, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team returns to Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion for a pair of Mountain West contests against the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack and San Jose State Spartans. The Rebels begin their two-match homestand against in-state rival UNR Thursday night (6:00 pm), and then close it out with a Saturday matinee (12:00 pm) against SJSU.
The Scarlet & Gray is 8-17 overall and sits in ninth place in the conference standings with a 4-8 mark. Over the past month, UNLV has gone 4-4, and that includes road wins against the Spartans and Wolf Pack - this week's opponents.
UNLV's foes from the northern portion of the Silver State are mired in a three-way tie with Utah State and New Mexico for sixth place in MW play with identical 5-7 records. Overall, UNR is 7-17, and has only won twice in six tries since its five-set loss to the Rebels on October 7. However, the Wolf Pack's two wins have come in its last three outings; at home vs. Air Force (October 21) and Fresno State (October 28), while a loss to San Diego State (October 26) fell in between the victories.
SJSU will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the New Mexico Lobos Thursday night before its meeting with the Rebels. The Spartans, who are 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the MW (fourth place), have gone 4-3 since their loss to UNLV on October 5. Most recently, they lost 3-0 to San Diego State (October 28) at home, and the defeat snapped the team's three-match winning streak.
TUNE IN, WATCH & LISTEN: The UNLV volleyball team will have Thursday's match vs. Nevada, Reno streamed live and free of charge via the Mountain West Network; however, Saturday's contest vs. San Jose State will not be streamed.. Links to the UNLV-UNR video stream as well as live statistics for both matches can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
Saturday vs. San Jose State: The first 250 fans through the Cox Pavilion doors will receive a free drawstring backpack ... Fans with a valid UNLV-Hawai'i football ticket will be allowed free admittance to the volleyball match.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES REKINDLED: The UNLV volleyball team and Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack kicked off the 2017-18 Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold in Reno on October 7, with a 3-2 win by the Rebels.
The Scarlet & Gray opened the match with a win in the first set, but UNR countered with victories in the second and third. UNLV evened the match at 2-all in the fourth, and, ultimately, came out on top in the fifth.
Since that meeting up north, six points have been awarded in the standings - all occurring last Friday - with the Wolf Pack claiming three for its higher finish in the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, while the Rebels took three for their 5-0 win in women's soccer.
The Governor's Series is the all-encompassing head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the Silver State's two NCAA Division I programs, and the Rebels won the first four titles from 2012-13 through 2015-16. Last year's campaign (2016-17), finished in a 24-all tie; however, the Wolf Pack took possession of the rivalry trophy due to a technicality - UNR held the tiebreaker since it claimed the Fremont Cannon with a win in football.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS: UNLV Volleyball's head-to-head series against the San Jose State Spartans and Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack dates back more than 21 years each. The Rebels and SJSU first met in 1996, while the first encounter between UNLV and UNR took place in 1979.
UNLV and SJSU have played 14 times with the former winning 10 of those meetings, including seven straight that started with a 3-0 victory on Oct. 16, 2014.
Just like the previous series, UNLV holds 21-9 advantage over its in-state rivals. The Rebels had won 13 straight (Sept. 25, 2006 to Oct. 10, 2015) before the team from up north claimed the last two meetings prior to this season.