Rebels Host Final Home Matches This Week
Nov. 19, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas and the Cox Pavilion for one last regular season home stand this week. UNLV, who has played its last four matches on the road, will welcome Mountain West newcomer Utah State to town on Thursday night followed by a "Senior Day" contest against Boise State two days later on Saturday.
The UNLV-USU affair is scheduled for a 7:00 pm first serve, while the UNLV-BSU tilt will begin at 2:00 pm.
THIS WEEKS PROMOTIONS
Thursday vs. USU: Mustache Appreciation Night & Alumni Night
Saturday vs. BSU: Senior Day
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will stream both of their home matches this week in conjunction with the Mountain West Network. Links for the live stream as well as live stats (GameTracker) can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels hit the road one last time for a visit to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with stops in Laramie, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo., the week of Thanksgiving.
UNLV will open up the trip on Nov. 27 against the Wyoming Cowgirls. Two days later, on Nov. 29, the Rebels will play their regular season finale against the Colorado State Rams. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT).
THE GOVERNOR'S SERIES: For the second straight year, the UNLV Rebels swept the season series against their in-state rival Nevada, Reno to claim the three points allotted for volleyball in the 2013-14 standings of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold.
With a pair of 3-0 sweeps (Sept. 26 and Nov. 16) over UNR, UNLV's athletics department increased its lead in the head-to-head series to six points (9.0-3.0). In addition to volleyball's haul, the Scarlet & Gray have gotten points from women's soccer and football. The Wolf Pack's lone tally came in women's cross country.
On Oct. 8, 2012, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval launched the series pitting the Silver State's only NCAA Division I athletics departments against one another.
The inaugural series went to UNLV by a staggering 27 points (37.5-10.5).
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels only needed three sets to claim a 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-17, 25-17) over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack on Saturday. In fact, the win was the 10th straight for UNLV in the head-to-head series between the Silver State programs and the fifth claimed by the Scarlet & Gray up north at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev.
The Rebels outhit the Wolf Pack by a staggering .219 points (.239-.020) - the largest hitting efficiency discrepancy in a win this season. UNLV's hitting average was aided by an advantage of 11 kills (38-27), while UNR managed to commit nine more errors (25-16) in seven more attempts (99-92). The Rebels best offensive output occurred in the third and final period with a .417 hitting effort following .182 and .171 clips in the first and second sets, respectively. The Wolf Pack, on the other hand, opened up with a lowly -.094 showing and followed that with a .029 in the second and a .121 in the third.
The match only featured two lead changes and seven tied scores. All but one of those - one tie - occurred in the second set.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Utah State Aggies (19-9, 11-5 Mountain West) The Aggies enter the week winners of two straight and nine of their last 11, which included a six-match winning streak. Ten of those 11 occurred in Mountain West play with the 11th was a non-conference contest against Utah Valley. USU is 11-7 in contests played outside of Logan, Utah, and 7-5 in true road affairs.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: Series is tied 2-2.
Boise State Broncos (12-15, 6-11 Mountain West) The Broncos enter the week with a win over San Francisco State that snapped a three-match losing skid. In fact, BSU had lost six of its last seven - two three-match losing streaks - before the win. BSU is 6-8 in contests played outside of Boise, Idaho, and 3-7 in true road affairs.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: BSU leads the series 5-4.