Rebels Hit The Road For Final Regular-Season Matches|
Nov. 8, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
FIRST SERVE: The UNLV Rebels hit the road for their final Mountain West regular-season matches of the season this week. UNLV will travel to the USAF Academy, Colo., to face the Air Force Falcons on Thursday, Nov. 10. Two days later, on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Rebels will make their first visit to Boise, Idaho since 1984 to play the Boise State Broncos. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT) first serves.
ON THE SIDELINE: After closing out the regular season, the UNLV Rebels will participate in the Mountain West's Tournament that will be hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque. The three-day event (Nov. 18-20) will feature all eight conference teams in a single-elimination format. This will be the first time that the MW has held a volleyball tournament since the 2007 season. Coincidentally, UNLV won the '07 edition and earned its first berth into the NCAA Tournament.
TOURNAMENT SEEDING SCENARIOS: If the Mountain West season was to end today, UNLV would be the seventh seed at next week's MW Tournament. The Rebels have the possibility to move into sixth-place tie with a sweep of this weekend's opponents and with some assistance Thursday night from the San Diego State Aztecs. UNLV and Boise State could tie for sixth if the former wins its two matches and the latter suffers defeat twice. Multiple tie-breaking scenarios would then be used to determine the seeding for the two teams.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels lost both of their home matches last week to close out their 2011 home slate. UNLV dropped a 3-0 decision to TCU before it suffered a 3-1 setback to New Mexico.
Madeline Westman and Candice Thomas led the Rebels on both sides of the net with their offensive and defensive play. Westman topped all players with 20 kills and averaged 2.86 kills per set on .357 hitting besides leading in total blocks (11) and assisted blocks (eight). Thomas hit .341 and threw down 18 kills for a 2.57 per-set average, while racking up nine blocks (six assisted). Both Westman and Thomas had three solo blocks.
Stephanie Thelen led the team in assists with 68 for a 9.71 per-set average. Thelen also contributed 10 digs, five assisted blocks, three kills and two aces.
Defensively, UNLV had five players notch 10-plus digs. Allison Davies led the quintet with 35 (5.00 dps). Daryn Glenn and Taylor Richard had 21 apiece, while Layne Wilson and Thelen had 12 and 10, respectively.
RECORD BOOK RAMBLINGS: The UNLV Rebels have had five players either alter the program's record book this season.