#25 Rebels Put Ranking On The Line
Jada Walker and the Rebels put their #25 ranking on the line this weekend when New Mexico and TCU come to town.
Jada Walker and the Rebels put their #25 ranking on the line this weekend when New Mexico and TCU come to town.

Nov. 7, 2007


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First Serve:
The #25 UNLV Rebels improved to 19-3 overall and 10-2 in Mountain West Conference play with its road victories against Air Force and Wyoming this past weekend.  With the wins, UNLV holds a share of the MWC lead with #18 Colorado State with four regular-season matches remaining for both squads.  Currently, UNLV is riding an eight-match winning streak into its final home matches of the season this weekend when New Mexico and TCU come to the Cox Pavilion.  UNLV defeated both on the road in October.

Week 12 Opponents:
New Mexico Lobos:  15-10 overall, 6-7 MWC
~ UNLV leads the all-time series 14-6 and has won seven straight dating back to the 2004 season.

~ The Lobos are led by Jeanne Fairchild's 429 kills (4.82 kpg), Jade Michaelseon's 749 assists (8.32 apg), Gayle Tripp's 388 digs (4.36 dpg) and Anna Lehne's 94 blocks (1.16 bpg).

TCU Frogs:  20-10 overall, 7-6 MWC (play at San Diego State on Fri.)

~ UNLV leads the all-time series 6-1 and has won all five meetings since TCU joined the MWC in 2005.

~ The Frogs are led by Kourtney Edwards' 365 kills (3.29 kpg) and 135 blocks (1.22 bpg), Nirelle Hampton's 1,211 assists (10.91 apg) and Calli Corley's 501 digs (4.91 dpg).

Rebels In The Poll...History Made:
After going 2-0 this past weekend, UNLV cracked the Nov. 5 edition of the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll with the #25 ranking.  This is the first time in the program's history that the squad has been ranked in the top 25.

The Rebels had gotten as close as #26 on two occasions (Sept. 17 and Oct. 29), when they topped the "receiving votes" category.  An eight-match winning streak has helped UNLV work its way into the top 25 after dropping down to 36th in the Oct. 15 poll.  UNLV has been recognized by the coaches for eight straight weeks now, beginning with the Sept. 17 poll.

Rebels' RKPI Ranks 14th...Again:
In the latest Nitty Gritty Report produced by RichKern.com, the Rebels own the 14th-best RKPI in the country.  The Rebels have grown accustomed to their placement at times.  Last week, the team placed 14th and stayed there this week.  Prior to their 14th positioning, the Rebels held the 22nd spot in back-to-back weeks.

This is the highest RKPI for UNLV since they were sixth on Sept 17, following its wins over BYU and Utah.  Unfortunately, the Rebels slid to 15th (Sept. 24), then to 20th (Oct. 1), then to 28th (Oct. 8).  The past two weeks (Oct. 15 and Oct. 22) they were 22nd.

Rebels Close In On Best Conference Mark Ever:
The UNLV volleyball is in its 12th year since the sport was brought back to the athletics line-up in 1996.  In the previous 11 seasons, the Rebels best conference mark came in 1998, when the team went 11-3 and finished fourth overall in the Western Athletic Conference (second in the Mountain Division).  Currently, the 2007 team sits 10-2 in the Mountain West Conference with four matches remaining. 

Since 1999, UNLV has finished between fourth and sixth as a member of the MWC.  The Rebels finished in fourth place in 2004, 2005 and 2006.   This is, also, the third straight year that the team has won 10 conference matches, which is a program best.

The Start:
After playing in 22 contests and three tournaments, UNLV owns a 19-3 record and three tournament titles.  The 19-3 record is the best record through 22 matches in the program's history.

Included in 2007's 19 victories are two winning streaks.  The first was a nine-match winning streak that lasted from Aug. 25 (Virginia) to Sept. 15 (Utah) and ranks as the second longest in program history.  Currently, the team is riding an eight-match streak that began on Oct. 4 (Wyoming).

Home Sweet Home:
With only two MWC home matches remaining, the Rebels can accomplish a feat that has only been done once before and that is to win all of its home conference matches.  The 2007 squad is 6-0 and hosts TCU and New Mexico to close out this season's MWC home slate.  This year's team is trying to match the perfection that the 1998 team achieved with its 7-0 mark.

The best overall home record, since 1996, is 2006's 13-3 (81%).  The 2007 squad sits at 8-1 (89%)  with the two matches remaining.

A First For Everything:
With wins over then-#12 BYU and Utah in September and a win over then-#18 Colorado State last week, the Rebels have won matches against the "Big 3" in the Mountain West Conference for the first time in the same season in the program's history.

It is then safe to say that it is also the first time that UNLV has defeated all three at home in the Cox Pavilion.

Chalk `Em Up:
The 2007 Rebels have accomplished another first this season.  They have defeated all eight of their MWC counterparts at least once, whether it be home or away.

Four of 15 Or More:
Since Allison Keely took over the UNLV volleyball program in 2004, she has done what no other coach has been able to do.  Keeley has won at least 15 matches in four straight years at the helm.  The team went 15-12 in 2004 and 15-15 in 2005.  The squad improved to 20-10 in 2006 and currently sits at 19-3.  This four-year span is also the first to own winning percentages of .500 or greater, since the sport was brought back in 1996.

Nationally Speaking - Team:
The UNLV volleyball team ranks nationally in per-game statistics in hitting percentage, assists, digs and kills, as well as sitting tied for the 15th-best winning percentage (86%).  The statistics are compiled through Nov. 4.

~ Hitting:  UNLV ranks 43rd with an average of .247.  Texas leads with a .338.

~ Assists:  UNLV ranks 12th with an average of 15.56 apg.  Nebraska leads with a 16.61 apg.

~ Digs:  UNLV ranks 8th with an average of 19.78 dpg.  Chattanooga leads with a 22.90 dpg.

~ Kills:  UNLV ranks 11th with an average of 16.92 kpg.  Nebraska leads with a 17.97 kpg.

Nationally Speaking - Individual:
The UNLV volleyball team has four players rank nationally in individual per-game statistics in assists, digs and kills.  The statistics are compiled through Nov. 4.

~ Assists:  Melody Nua ranks 17th with an average of 13.15 apg.

~ Digs:  Jada Walker ranks 20th with an average of 5.81 dpg.

~ Kills:  Maria Aladjova ranks 50th with an average of 4.51 kpg.

~ Kills:  Lauren Miramontes ranks 66th with an average of 4.40 kpg.

How The Rebels Fare:
UNLV is one of 16 teams in the country with three or fewer losses.  Dayton, Washington, Florida and Nebraska are the only schools with only one loss.  There are four schools with two losses, while UNLV is one of eight with three.



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