Rebels Head To The Rockies|
Nov. 2, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball team hits the road for a two-match trip to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains this week. The Rebels, who sits atop the Mountain West's standings alongside Boise State with identical 10-2 records, will square off with the Conference's third- and fourth-place teams this week with a pair of crucial matchups.
The Scarlet & Gray begin its trek with a Thursday night tilt at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado, against the Colorado State Rams (7:00 pm MT/6:00 pm PT). Two days later, the squad will mosey north to Laramie, Wyoming, and the UniWyo Sports Complex for a showdown Saturday (12:00 pm PT/11:00 pm MT) against the Wyoming Cowgirls.
COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE: Entering the week, UNLV and Boise State have played 12 Mountain West matches apiece while Colorado State and Wyoming have both played one fewer (11). The Rams are 9-2 and even in the loss column with the Conference leaders but has one fewer win. UW is 8-3 in league play and sits 1.5 matches back from the top of the standings with two fewer wins and one more loss.
After this weekend's matches there will be three weeks of league play remaining. The Rebels will host three of their final four with home bouts. The lone road trip is to San Diego State on November 16.
TUNE IN, WATCH & LISTEN: Live stats for both of UNLV Volleyball's road matches this week versus Colorado State and Wyoming can be found online at UNLVRebels.com. Additionally, both of those contested will be streamed live via the Mountain West Network and, they too, will be linked to UNLVRebels.com.
REBELS RANKED NO. 22 IN THE RPI: The NCAA released the fifth installment of its volleyball Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Monday, and UNLV is listed at No. 22. The Rebels, who have previously been ranked No. 15, 18, 17 and 22, have achieved their ranking due to the fact they sport a 21-3 overall record.
In this week's RPI release, UNLV is one of five non-Power Five programs to make the top 25. Those four other squads are the West Coast Conference's San Diego Toreros (No. 5/19-3) and BYU Cougars (No. 6/20-3), Conference USA's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (No. 19/24-2) and Big East's Creighton Bluejays (No. 20/18-6). The Big Ten's Nebraska Cornhuskers (No. 1/20-1), Wisconsin Badgers (No. 2/18-3) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (No. 4/17-4) own three of the top four spots while the Big 12's Texas Longhorns (No. 3/17-3).
The RPI is a system the NCAA uses to rank team's based upon a team's wins and losses as well as its strength of schedule. UNLV's ranking has been greatly influenced by the last component, as it has faced eight teams in the top 100 - No. 6 BYU, No. 32 Boise State, No. 54 Hofstra, No. 57 Colorado State, No. 65 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, No. 71 Wyoming, No. 73 UC Santa Barbara, No. 78 New Mexico State - and owns a 6-3 record against them.
HITTIN' ANOTHER MILESTONE & ANOTHER & ANOTHER: UNLV Volleyball head coach Cindy Fredrick, who is in the midst of her sixth season at the helm of the Rebels, has amassed an overall record of 111-66, and that win total has pushed her atop the program's all-time win list. Her record-breaking 109th victory came on the road at Air Force on October 20.
Earlier this season, Fredrick picked up her 100th win as the Rebel skipper against Utah Valley on September 16 at the BYU/UVU Challenge in Orem, Utah. UNLV won that match 3-1.
Fredrick's win tally has been helped by five consecutive winning campaigns - including this season - following an initial 14 victories in year one.
Over the past two years, Fredrick has eclipsed the 500-win milestone twice. On Nov. 19, 2004, she led the Rebels to a 3-0 sweep of the Utah State Aggies to secure her 500th career victory. Nearly one year later, she picked up her 500th NCAA Division I win in a 3-1 triumph over Fresno State in the 2015 season finale (Nov. 24).
To-date, Fredrick sits at 538-417 overall and 521-400 at the NCAA DI level. She brought 427 victories with her in her move to Southern Nevada with the majority of those coming from 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).
Allison Keeley, who coached at UNLV for seven seasons (2004-10), was the first Rebel skipper to reach 100 wins. Keeley recorded her 100th win against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 4, 2010, and it came in her 180th match. She finished with an overall record of 108-96.
WINNING & SITTING NEAR THE TOP: As of October 30, UNLV's 21-3 overall record translates to .875, which is the sixth-best winning percentage in the country. Dayton leads the nation with a .960 winning percentage backed by a 24-1 record. Nebraska (.952/20-1), Western Kentucky (.923/24-2), Florida (.909/20-2) and Kansas (.909/20-2) sit ahead of the Rebels.
Delving deeper into the numbers, the Scarlet & Gray is only one of 14 teams to have suffered a maximum of three defeats this season; however, it's one of three to have done so with 21 or more victories. The other two are Western Kentucky and Dayton.
Besides UNLV, Western Kentucky and Dayton, the other programs to win 21 or more matches this season are American (23-6), Fairfield (22-5), Florida Gulf Coast (22-4), Austin Peay (21-8), Howard (21-5) and South Dakota (21-4).