Rebels Close Out 2013 On The Road
Nov. 26, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the final time in 2013 to close out the 23rd season of volleyball in program history. UNLV will play a pair of contests in the Mountain Time Zone at Wyoming on Wednesday (Nov. 27) and at #9 Colorado State on Friday (Nov. 29).
Both contests are slated for 7:00 pm MT (6:00 pm PT ) first serves.
WATCH THE STREAMS: The UNLV Rebels will have both of their matches this week streamed live on the internet via the Mountain West Network. Links for the live streams as well as live stats can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
A MOUNTAIN WEST LOG JAM: The UNLV Rebels can finish anywhere from second to seventh place in the Mountain West this season.
UNLV entered the week tied for third with Utah State and Fresno State, but a Monday night win by USU pushed it ahead by half a game over the others. With USU solely in third, UNLV and FS are in tied in fourth with identical 11-7 marks.
San Diego State, the preseason favorite - as voted on by the coaches, sits in sixth place. The Aztecs are one win behind the third-place teams.
Colorado State Rams sewed up their fifth consecutive Mountain West regular-season title on Nov. 16 with two weeks remaining in the 2013 season.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 1-1 last week in nearly identical matches. UNLV won the first set against the Utah State Aggies and Boise State Broncos, but watched the visitors claim the second and third in both contests. Facing elimination in each tilt, the Rebels were victorious in the fourth frames, which forced a decisive fifth set. UNLV came out on top against USU, but weren't as fortunate in the regular-season home finale vs. BSU.
UNLV was led by a pair of double-doubles from Sekola Falemaka and one from Stephanie Thelen. Falemaka threw down a then career-high 21 kills to go along with 21 digs to open the week against the Aggies. Two days later, she one-upped herself with 23 kills and 16 digs.
Thelen, on the other hand, combined a career-high 62 assists with 12 digs for her double-double against the Broncos. She fell one dig shy of achieving the feat against the Aggies when she tallied nine digs and 50 assists.
Falemaka led all offensive players with 44 kills, while her teammate Madeline Westman combined for 28 with 12 against USU and 16 more vs. BSU.
Besides her kill output, Westman contributed 18 total blocks. A third of them (six) were of the solo variety. Two thirds of them (12) came in UNLV's 3-2 win over USU.
Thelen dished out 112 of the team's 127 assists.
Defensively, Allison Davies led all players with 50 assists with 29 of that total coming against BSU. Falemaka was second with 37, while Thelen had 21.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: In this week's NCAA statistics, the UNLV Rebels are ranked in the Top 100 of three categories: 77th in blocks per set (2.41), 88th in digs per set (15.61) and 98th in assists per set (12.43). They sit outside the Top 100 in kills per set (109th/13.16) and winning percentage (126th/.571).
Individually, three Rebels have worked their way within the Top 100 in four categories. Stephanie Thelen is the highest ranked with a 49th-place showing in assists per set (10.81). Madeline Westman is 80th in blocks per set (1.20). Sekola Falemaka rounds out the trio with a spot in kills per set (92nd/3.57) and points per set (94th/4.07).
SCOUTING THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Wyoming Cowgirls (19-13, 9-9 Mountain West): The Cowgirls enter the week on a five-match winning streak after they had lost a season-high four straight. In fact, Wyoming had lost five of its last six and six of its last eight before its current run of victories. Wyoming is 11-3 at home this season with a 5-3 mark in those against Mountain West foes.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: UNLV leads the series 22-16.
#9 Colorado State Rams (27-0, 18-0 Mountain West): The Rams enter the week as one of only two undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. Colorado State has only faced a fifth set on three occasions this year - all on the road - with one of those coming against UNLV on Oct. 17. Colorado State is 13-0 at home this season with an 8-0 mark in those against Mountain West foes.
Head-To-Head Record Overall: CSU leads the series 32-6.