Thanksgiving At The Beach
Nov. 25, 2009
LAS VEGAS -
First Serve: The UNLV Rebels (8-17 overall) concluded their Mountain West Conference slate last weekend, but have two non-conference contests on deck that will close down the 2009 season. The Rebels will head west to play in Long Beach State's Mizuno Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 27-28. UNLV will face Long Beach State on Friday at 7:00 pm and then Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
The tournament is a final tune-up for those that have advanced or are looking for at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. It features three MWC schools (UNLV, TCU and Utah), three Big West schools (Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine) and one from the West Coast Conference (Loyola Marymount).
Mizuno Thanksgiving Tournament Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 27 12:00 pm Long Beach State vs. TCU 07:00 pm Long Beach State vs. UNLV
Jackson Earns All-MWC Nod: UNLV sophomore middle blocker Cursty Jackson was named to the Mountain West's All-Conference Team Tuesday following a vote by the league's nine head coaches. This is Jackson's first time being named to the All-MWC squad after taking home freshman of the year honors last season.
Jackson, who was named the MWC's Player of the Week on Sept. 28, played in all 16 league matches and 58 sets. In conference-only statistics, she ranked second in points per set (4.21), third kills per set (3.43) and 10th in blocks per set (1.03).
Overall, Jackson placed third in points per set (4.10) and fourth in kills per set (3.39),
She has participated in all 25 matches, thus far in 2009 and all 88 sets. She leads the Rebels in kills (298), kills per set (3.39), assisted blocks (71) and total blocks (88). She sits tied for first in solo blocks (17). She has racked up double digits in kills on 14 occasions this season, while topping out at a career-high 23 vs. Seattle on Oct. 10. She has hit for .300 or better 10 times with a .600 effort at New Mexico on Oct. 17, marking a season best. She has also added 72 digs, 30 assists and 10 aces to her stat line.
The conference coaches selected Colorado State's Danielle Minch as the player of the year, while Wyoming's Jodi Purdy follows in Jackson's footsteps as the freshman of the year.
CSU's Tom Hilbert was named MWC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career. He led the 23rd-ranked Rams to their sixth outright and seventh overall MWC regular-season title with a 15-1 conference record. Hilbert also guided CSU to its 11th 20-win season as a member of the MWC.
Scouting Long Beach State: The Long Beach State 49ers (19-7 overall) enter the week as newly crowned Big West Conference Champions following their 3-2, hard-fought thriller over the UC Irvine Anteaters Saturday. The 49ers and Anteaters entered the match tied atop the Big West with LBSU claiming the win for their second straight league title and 10th overall for its 23rd consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The 49ers began the year with back-to-back losses to #15 San Diego and #2 Texas before winning four of their next five to start 4-3. LBSU has since won 15 of its last 19. They have won at least two wins at a time, as they've owned winning streaks of four, seven, three, three and two matches.
Historically speaking, LBSU owns a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head series dating back to 1984. The teams played five games between 1984 and 1985 with the 49ers claiming a 3-2 mark. The series was rekindled for three matches between 2005 and 2007, all of which were won by LBSU. The last meeting was on Nov. 30, 2007, in the NCAA First Round in Los Angeles. The 49ers claimed that meeting in a 3-2 decision.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton: The Cal State Fullerton Titans sit 17-12 overall after concluding Big West play with an 8-8 mark. The Titans went 1-1 last weekend with a 3-0 loss to UC Irvine followed by a 3-0 victory over UC Riverside. Fullerton began the season 6-0 before losing three of its next four to start 7-3. The last 19 matches saw them own a .526 winning percentage, as they've gone 10-9.
Historically speaking, UNLV owns a 4-2 advantage in the head-to-head series dating back to 1985. The Rebels won both meetings in 1985. The last four have been split with the Titans claiming two in 1996, while UNLV won once each in 2007 and 2008. The last meeting occurred on Sept. 6 last year in Las Vegas with the Rebels claiming a 3-1 win.
Rare Roofing Materials: In the history of the UNLV volleyball program only two players have etched their names in the top five of all three career blocking categories, Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) and Erin Greenwood (2006-Pres.).
Miramontes, a 2007 AVCA Honorable Mention All-America and three-time All-MWC performer, ranks first in all three categories with 426 total, 80 solos and 344 assisted blocks.
Greenwood keeps climbing the charts with each block she amasses this season and currently sits fourth in total blocks (345) and assisted blocks (286), while ranking fifth in solo (59).
Moving On Up: Besides ranking highly in UNLV's career blocking categories, Erin Greenwood has slowly climbed up five other all-time charts. She ranks highly in matches played, sets played, kills, total attempts and hitting efficiency.
Greenwood has played in every match that she has suited up for since her freshman year of 2006. Currently, her 115 matches played ranks third in school history. She into a second-place tie with former teammate Jada Walker (2004-07) by seeing action against Long Beach State and will claim the #2 spot solely by stepping onto the court against Cal State Fullerton.
She sits in fifth in sets played with 406. She can tie Lauren Miramontes (2003-07) by playing in eight sets this weekend in Long Beach.
She owns 902 career kills, which places her securely in sixth place. Angie Sylvas (1997-99) sits in fifth with 912.
She has attempted 2,234 swings, which places her seventh.
She owns the third-best hitting efficiency in program history with her .290 average. Sheila Nicks (1984-85) sits two percentage points (.292) ahead of her.