Rebels Return Home For A Pair
Sept. 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After playing its last five matches on the road, the UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas for two home events this weekend. UNLV will play its final non-conference tilt on Friday night against Utah Valley before playing its Mountain West home opener against New Mexico on Saturday evening. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm first serves.
Both match will be streamed live on UNLVRebels.com in cooperation with a broadcast produced by the UNLV's Greenspun School of Journalism and Mass Media.
MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS: The UNLV Rebels opened up Mountain West play last weekend with road matches at Air Force and at Boise State, and they won both to start the season 2-0 for only the fourth time since the MW's inception in 1999. The last time the Rebels began a conference campaign 2-0 was in 2008. They had also achieved the feat in 1996 (WAC), 1998 (WAC), 2001 (MW) and 2007 (MW).
With their win at Air Force last on Sept. 20, the Rebels improved to 8-5 in MW openers and 3-1 for those openers played on the road.
UNLV owns a record of 7-6 in the first MW match played at home with all seven of those victories coming in the last eight seasons. The lone loss in that span came in 2009.
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY: The Utah Valley Wolverines enter the week with a 7-6 overall record after playing only two of their matches at home in Orem, Utah. The Wolverines went 1-1 at the Roadrunner Classic last weekend in Bakersfield, Calif. They swept past Maryland Eastern Shore before losing in five sets to CSU Bakersfield. UVU is led by McKenna Tait (98 kills), Brookelyn Hall (451 assists and 21 aces), Patti Hatch (184 digs) and Lauren Stringham (66 blocks).
UNLV leads the all-time series 2-0 with wins in 1998 and 2004. The most recent win - in five sets - occurred on Sept. 25, 2004 in Las Vegas.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico Lobos enter the week with a 14-2 overall record and 2-0 mark in Mountain West play. The Lobos have played nine of their matches at home and seven away from Albuquerque. Last weekend, they went 2-0 to open league action with road wins at Colorado State and Wyoming. The team will play three matches this week with stops at CSU Bakersfield and Fresno State before a visit to Las Vegas. UNM is led by Chantale Riddle in kills (237), digs (131) and all three blocking categories (four solo, 56 assisted and 60 total). Hannah Johnson leads the team in assists (328), while Lexi Ross and Elsa Krieg are tied for the top spot in aces (19).
UNLV leads the all-time series 16-13 although UNM has won five straight dating back to the second meeting of the 2009 season.
ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels hit the road for two Mountain West matches next week against Nevada, Reno and San Diego State. UNLV will square off with it in-state rival UNR on Thursday, Oct. 4 prior to its televised contest - CBS Sports Network - on Sunday, Oct. 7.
REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels went 2-0 last week in road matches to open Mountain West play. UNLV defeated Air Force in four sets before holding off Boise State in five.
Madeline Westman led the team on both sides of the net. Offensively, Westman had a team-best 32 kills off .481 hitting. She provided a career- and season-high 21 kills in the win over Boise State. Defensively, she had 14 total blocks with three of those counting as solo putbacks.
Falemaka was second in kills with 30 as she chipped in a career- and season-high 20 kills against Boise State. She was also one of five players to notch double digits in digs with her 21 assisting in her double-double contributions.
Caldwell had a season-high 55 assists in the Boise State affair and a total of 102 on the weekend. She added 29 digs, eight kills and four assisted blocks to the mix.
SMALL SCREEN REBELS: The UNLV Rebels will have two of its Mountain West matches nationally televised this season by the CBS Sports Network. Both of UNLV's Sunday matinee's in conference play - Oct. 7 at San Diego State and Oct. 14 vs. Colorado State - will appear on the small screen.