Rebels Close Out First Half Of League Play Friday

Oct. 17, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels close out the first half of the Mountain West regular season with a match in Fresno, Calif., against the Fresno State Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 pm. Both squads enter the contest with identical 5-2 records in conference play. The winner is guaranteed at least a share of first place at the turn of the league season.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE: The Fresno State Bulldogs, who are 12-7 overall, enter the week tied for first place in the Mountain West standings with a 5-2 mark. FS will jump out of MW play and host CSU Bakersfield on Thursday evening prior to it's conference tilt with UNLV. The Bulldogs began the season 5-5, but have since won eight of its last 10. They carry a three-match winning streak into this week's action.

The Bulldogs are led by Marissa Brand (275 kills), Barbara Alcantara (861 assists), Korrin Wild (33 aces), Christina Lee (328 digs) and Maci Murdock (70 blocks).

FS leads the all-time series 4-2 dating back to the first meeting in 1996, when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). UNLV won the last encounter, 3-2, on Sept. 16, 2011 in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs own a 3-0 record at home in matches played at home in Fresno.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels open up the second half of Mountain West play at home with visits from the San Diego State Aztecs and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, respectively. Both matches are set for 7:00 pm first serves.

Ticket Promotions:
Nov. 1 vs. SDSU: Redeem Facebook coupon on UNLV Athletics' page for half-price ticket ($4).
Nov. 3 vs. UNR: Present football ticket from UNLV-New Mexico game & receive $2 volleyball ticket.

RESEARCH REQUIRED ... IT WAS LOOKED UP: The UNLV Rebels snapped a three-match losing streak to the Wyoming Cowgirls last Thursday (Oct. 11) with their 3-2 win in Las Vegas. Not only did UNLV notch its fifth Mountain West victory, but it also racked up some gaudy numbers in the match.

Wins:
-The win gave UNLV seven "Ws" in its last eight matches, which is the best streak that includes only one loss since an 11-1 run in 2007.
-The win gave UNLV eight "Ws" at home this season, which are the most since the 2008 won eight at home.
-The win gave UNLV a 5-1 start in Mountain West play, which tied for the best opening for the Rebels since the league began play in 1999.
-The win gave UNLV a 5-1 start in conference play, which tied for the best opening in a league season since the 1998 (WAC) and 2005 (MW) campaigns.

Team Numbers From Thursday's Wyoming Match:
-UNLV's 79 kills were the most since the 2007 squad had 90 vs. BYU in the MW Tournament semifinal match on Nov. 23.
-UNLV's 224 attempts were the most since the 2007 squad had 244 vs. BYU in the MW Tournament semifinal on Nov. 23.
-UNLV's 71 assists were the most since the 2007 squad had 74 vs. Utah in the MW Tournament championship match on Nov. 24.
-UNLV's 100 digs were the most since the 2007 squad had 74 vs. San Diego State in MW conference play on Sept. 21.

Individual Numbers From Thursday's Wyoming Match:
-Daryn Glenn's 28 kills were the most since Lauren Miramontes' 30 vs. Utah on Nov. 24, 2007.
-Daryn Glenn's 70 swings were the most since Lauren Miramontes' 86 vs. BYU on Nov. 23, 2007.
-Kinsey Caldwell's 60 assists were the most since Melody Nua's 64 vs. Utah on Nov. 24, 2007.
-Allison Davies' 33 digs were the most since Camille Cunningham's 33 vs. Arizona State on Aug. 29, 2008. The 33 digs were also one shy of tying the program record of 34 set twice by Jada Walker in 2007.