Mountain West Tournament Served Up
Nov. 15, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
FIRST SERVE: The UNLV Rebels head to Albuquerque for the second time this season with the Mountain West Volleyball Championship scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 18 though Sunday, Nov. 20. UNLV, seeded seventh, will open up with a 12:00 pm MT (11:00 am PT) battle against the second-seeded San Diego State Aztecs. The Rebels have the #3 TCU Horned Frogs and #6 Boise State Broncos on their side of the bracket, while the #1 Colorado State Rams, #4 Wyoming Cowgirls, #5 New Mexico Lobos and #8 Air Force Falcons are on the opposite portion.
MOUNTAIN WEST VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
Quarterfinals - Friday, Nov. 18 12:00 pm #2 San Diego State vs. #7 UNLV 02:30 pm #3 TCU vs. #6 Boise State 06:00 pm #1 Colorado State vs. #8 Air Force 08:30 pm #4 Wyoming vs. #5 New Mexico
All seven games of the tournament will be televised with the quarterfinals and semifinals aired by The Mtn. CBS Sports Network will show the championship match.
TOURNAMENT REVIVAL: After a three-year absence the Mountain West revived its end-of-season conference tournament, which will be played this weekend in Albuquerque. Following the 2007 season, the MW chose not to schedule the tournament, instead it awarded the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament to the regular-season champion. Coincidentally, UNLV was the last winner of the last conference tournament held in '07.
The MW has hosted the tournament nine times dating back to 1999. Colorado State has won it the most with four championship game victories in 1999, 2003, '04 and '06. Utah, who left the conference this past summer, won it three times (2001, '02 and '05). BYU (2000) and UNLV (2007) have each won it once.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels split their final regular-season matches of the season last week with a 3-1 win at Air Force and a 3-2 loss at Boise State. UNLV was led by two double-doubles from Stephanie Thelen and another by Daryn Glenn.
Thelen notched 101 assists and 29 digs on the weekend besides providing eight blocks (one solo), five kills and two aces. She combined 45 assists with 11 digs against Air Force for the first of her two double-doubles before she dished out a career highs of 56 assists and 18 digs in the following match at Boise State.
Makenzie Moea'i and Madeline Westman finished first and second in kills, and kills per set respectively, as the former threw down 36 to the latter's 31. The pair also hit well with Westman connecting on a .371 hitting efficiency to Moea'i's .338 clip. Westman was also instrumental on the other side of the net with 14 blocks (two solo).
Defensively, three players had 20 or more digs with Allison Davies leading the squad with 31 for a 3.44 set average. Thelen's 29 were second best, while Daryn Glenn chipped in 21. Glenn also had 22 kills.
Besides Westman's block tally, Katlin Winters joined her in double digits with 10 (two solo) of her own.