Rebels Host Two, Including Dig Pink Rally

Oct. 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels, who have played seven of their last nine matches on the road, return home for a pair of Mountain West contests in the Cox Pavilion this week. UNLV will welcome its Front Range foes - Wyoming and Colorado State - from the Rocky Mountains to Las Vegas.

The Rebels open up this week's play with Thursday evening's (7:00 pm) Dig Pink® Rally match vs. the Wyoming Cowgirls. After a two-day hiatus, UNLV will return to the court for a Sunday matinee (1:00 pm) against Colorado State that will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

DIG PINK RALLY® SET FOR THURSDAY NIGHT: The UNLV Rebels and thousands of teams from around the country will be participating in The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink® National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally this season. UNLV will do its part on Thursday, Oct. 11 when they host the Wyoming Cowgirls in the Cox Pavilion at 7:00 pm.

Dig Pink® events give spectators the opportunity to become involved in making donations to the cause and by pinking out the events (i.e. donning pink to show their support). Admission will be $2.00 for all fans.

The Rebels will collect donations before they celebrate the event next Thursday evening when they will don pink warm-ups before changing into pink jerseys for the match.

SCOUTING WYOMING: The Wyoming Cowgirls, who are 13-6 overall in 2012, enter the week tied for sixth in Mountain West standings with a 1-3 mark. Wyoming began the year 9-0 with its first eight contests played at home, but has since gone 4-6. Four of those six losses have come in its last six outings. Last week, the Cowgirls went 1-1 with a win at home over CSU-Pueblo (3-0) before a loss on the road at Colorado State (3-0). UW is 0-4 in true road contests this season and 3-5 in matches played away from Laramie.

The Cowgirls are led by Jodi Purdy (215 kills and 24 aces), Rachel Keyes (381 assists), Becky Stewart (324 digs) and Erin Kirby (91 total blocks).

UNLV leads the all-time series 20-15, but has lost three straight and four of the last five meetings to Wyoming. The Rebels are 13-5 against the Cowgirls in Las Vegas. Eleven of those 13 wins came consecutively between the 2002 and '10 seasons.

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE: The Colorado State Rams, who are 10-5 overall in 2012, enter the week in second place in the Mountain West standings with a 3-1 mark. Colorado State began the year 3-0 before losing three straight. Following its 3-3 start, CSU has won seven of nine. The Rams only played once last week - a 3-0 sweep of Wyoming. They are 0-2 in true road contests and 0-4 in matches played away from Fort Collins.

The Rams are led by Dana Cranston (180 kills and 18 aces), Deedra Foss (565 assists), Izzy Gaulia (234 digs) and Megan Plourde (90 total blocks).

CSU leads the all-time series 6-29, and it has won six straight dating back to the second meeting in 2008. The Rebels are 5-11 against the Rams in Las Vegas with three of those wins coming consecutively from 2006-08.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels return to the road with one conference match next week. UNLV will travel back to California for a meeting with the Fresno State Bulldogs on Oct. 19 (7:00 pm). It will be the first contest played between the two programs as members of the same conference since they both were in the Western Athletic Conference in 1996. UNLV and FS have squared off four times since 1998 with each squad winning two apiece.