Rebels Announce 2013 Fall Schedule
June 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV volleyball program unveiled its 2013 schedule on Thursday. The Rebels have 30 matches on the docket with 13 of those contested in the Cox Pavilion and the remaining 17 taking place on the road. The squad opens up the season with three tournaments - nine total matches - followed by 20 Mountain West matches and one non-conference affair at Southern Utah.
UNLV will play seven matches against five foes - Colorado State (twice), San Diego State (twice), Arizona State, Kansas State and Western Kentucky - that earned berths to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
"The 2013 schedule will be extremely challenging for the Rebels," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "We have tournaments which include teams from the Pac-12, Big 12, and several NCAA tournament teams. This schedule represents our goal to continue building the competitive level of our program, as Arizona State, Kansas State, Ohio and Western Kentucky all have a very strong volleyball history."
The Scarlet & Gray kick off the 2013 slate with its own UNLV Invitational on Aug. 30-31. The four-team tournament will see UNLV square off against Cal State Fullerton in the home opener on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:00 pm. The following day, they will play Portland and Kansas State at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively.
The Rebels will hit the road the next two weekends with trips to Spokane, Wash. (Sept. 6-7), and Bowling Green, Ky. (Sept. 13-14). The team will play its first matches away from Las Vegas at a tournament hosted by Gonzaga. Arizona State, Gonzaga and Seattle and will also be in attendance. The third and final tournament will be put on by Western Kentucky. UNLV will play Virginia, WKU and Ohio - the 2012 MAC regular season champion - in the Bluegrass State.
UNLV opens up its MW season at home against San Diego State on Sept. 21. That match will be the first of 20 for the Rebels in conference play. The league schedule expanded by four matches for the 2013 season with the additions of San Jose State and Utah State - both formerly of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). In fact, this is the third straight year that MW membership has expanded with the admittance of three former WAC squads the past two seasons. Boise State began the inclusion in 2011, while Nevada, Reno and Fresno State kept it going a year later.
Three days after opening MW action, the Rebels jump out of conference play with a match on Sept. 24 with a short trip to Cedar City, Utah, to square off against Southern Utah.
The league season resumes with three straight home matches that begin with a visit by in-state foe UNR on Sept. 26. The contest is the first of a pair between the Silver State rivals with the return trip north scheduled for Nov. 16. Both meetings have implications in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold, which was won during the 2012-13 academic year by UNLV with assistance from a season sweep in volleyball.
After hosting UNR, UNLV continues its home stand with visits from San Jose State and Fresno State on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5, respectively.
Following those three at home, the team will play 10 of its final 16 matches on the road. Trips to Air Force (Oct. 4) and New Mexico (Oct. 6) open up the stretch before UNLV bookends another road outing - Boise State (Oct. 24) and 2012 WAC regular season champion Utah State (Oct. 26) - with home matches against with Colorado State (Oct. 17), Wyoming (Oct. 19), New Mexico (Oct. 31) and Air Force (Oct. 2).
One of the toughest stretches of the season will occur from Nov. 7 though Nov. 16. The Rebels will play four straight on the road beginning with Fresno State on Nov. 7. Matches at San Jose State (Nov. 9), San Diego State (Nov. 11) and UNR (Nov. 16) will round out that jaunt.
UNLV closes out its home schedule with Utah State (Nov. 21) and Boise State (Nov. 23) before a final pair on the road at Wyoming (Nov. 27) and Colorado State (Nov. 29).
The Rebels are coming off an 18-11 season and a third-place finish in the Mountain West after a 10-6 mark in league play in 2012. Madeline Westman, a two-time all-conference performer, headlines eight letterwinners returning from last year's edition. Just recently, the program had its incoming freshman class recognized in the "Highest Honorable Mention" status - a range of top 31-55 by PrepVolleyball.com.