A California Adventure: Rebels To Play Three In Five Days
Nov. 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels embark on their second longest road trip of the season with four Mountain West matches scheduled over the next two weeks. In fact, three of the contests will take place in a span of five days in California, while the trek concludes a week later with a stop in the northern portion of the Silver State against Nevada, Reno.
UNLV begins its road trip at Fresno State this Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm. The Rebels will head north afterwards to play at San Jose State two days later on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 pm.
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will have all three of their matches in the five-day trip streamed by the Mountain West Network. Links for the live streams as well as live stats can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: After playing this week's matches in the central and northern portions of the Golden State, the UNLV Rebels will play twice next week - Monday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 16 - on the road.
UNLV plays on the 11th at San Diego State before resuming the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold with Nevada, Reno on the 16th, which has been moved to 1:00 pm from 7:00 pm.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels split their pair of Mountain West matches at home last week. Both contests went four sets with New Mexico getting the best of UNLV last Thursday, while the Rebels notched the win against Air Force on Saturday. Each one was tied at the intermission with the victor taking the third and fourth sets for the win.
The Scarlet & Gray was led two double-doubles by Stephanie Thelen and one from Sekola Falemaka. Thelen amassed 43 assists and 13 digs against UNM before a 44-assist and 11-dig performance vs. AF. Falemaka achieved the feat against AF with 13 kills and 12 digs.
Both Westman and Winters registered astonishing hitting efficiencies with the former leading the squad with a .429 clip to the latter's .385 showing.
Thelen dished out a team-best 87 assists to go along with 24 digs, seven assisted blocks and four kills.
On the defensive side of the net, Allison Davies paced the team with 39 digs as Westman connected on 11 total blocks (three solo).
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: In this week's NCAA statistics, the UNLV Rebels are ranked in the Top 100 of three categories: 76th in assists per set (12.59), 96th in blocks per set (2.33) and 98th in kills per set (13.27). The team sits 115th in both digs per set (15.27) and winning percentage (.591).
Individually, two Rebels rank within the Top 100 in a trio of categories. Stephanie Thelen is the highest ranked players coming in 37th in assists per set (10.91), while Sekola Falemaka is 90th in kills per set (3.60) and 93rd in points per set (4.08). Madeline Westman sits just outside the Top 100 in hitting percentage with a .338 average, which is good enough for 109th. Westman (131st/1.11) and Katlin Winters (163rd/1.07) are both listed in blocks per set.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Fresno State Bulldogs (15-9, 9-3 Mountain West): The Bulldogs enter the week winners of three straight matches and eight of their last nine after starting the year with a 7-8 mark through their first 15 outings. They began Mountain West play 1-2, but have since rattled off that eight-in-nine run to sit solely in second place. In home matches, the Bulldogs are 8-4 overall and 5-1 against league foes.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: FS leads the series 5-4.
San Jose State Spartans (6-17, 3-9 Mountain West): The Spartans enter the week coming off a 3-0 sweep on the road at Nevada, Reno that snapped a four-match losing streak. In fact, they've been unable to string together a winning run this year with five of their previous victories followed by at least one defeat. In home matches, the Spartans are 3-4 overall and 2-4 against league foes.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: SJSU leads the series 5-1.
San Diego State Aztecs (12-10, 7-5 Mountain West): The Aztecs are UNLV's travel partner in the Mountain and will play San Jose State and Fresno State on opposite nights this week before the pair meet in San Diego on Monday night. They enter the week winners of three straight after they had lost three in a row and four of their last five. In home matches, the Aztecs are 7-3 overall and 5-2 against league foes.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: SDSU leads the series 25-15.