Rebels Host Aztecs, Wolf Pack This Week

Oct. 31, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas this week for a pair of home matches after playing twice on the road the past two weeks. UNLV will welcome the San Diego State Aztecs and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack to town for matches on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both contests are set for 7:00 pm first serves.

Saturday night's Rebels-Wolf Pack 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.

TICKET PROMOTIONS
-Nov. 1 vs. San Diego State: "Kids Day Presented By Rebel Kids Club" - bounce house and face painting for kids. Adults can redeem Facebook coupon on UNLV Athletics' page for half-price ticket ($4).

-Nov. 3 vs. Nevada, Reno: Present football ticket from UNLV-New Mexico game & receive $2 volleyball ticket.

MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE: Thursday night's volleyball match with San Diego State will also give fans the opportunity to purchase Rebel merchandise.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The San Diego State Aztecs, who sit half a game back of UNLV in the Mountain West standings with a 7-3 record, enter the week with a 16-7 overall mark. SDSU enters the week riding a five-match winning streak dating back to a 3-2 win at Air Force on Oct. 13. In fact, the five-match winning streak came after the Aztecs only won six of 13 contests after beginning the year 5-0. The team has been perfect at home with an unblemished 10-0 record, but in matches played away from Petersen Gym they're 6-7 (4-4 in true road matches).

SDSU is led by Andrea Hannasch (261 kills), Johnna Fouch (718 assists/22 aces), Kristi Jackels (375 digs) and Emily Harris (123 blocks).

SDSU leads the all-time series 22-14, and has won seven of the last nine meetings. Earlier this year, on Oct. 7, the Aztecs snapped UNLV's six-match winning streak with 3-2 decision. It was the Scarlet & Gray's first loss of the conference season. The Rebels, who had lost five straight from 2008-10, won two of three against the Aztecs last season, including a 3-0 upset victory - #7 seed over #2 seed - at the 2011 MW Championships on Nov. 18. Overall, UNLV holds a 9-8 edge in matches played in Las Vegas.

SCOUTING NEVADA, RENO: The Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack enter the week with a 4-19 overall record and a 1-9 mark in Mountain West play. UNR, who is playing its first season as a member of the MW, went 0-2 last week with losses at home to Colorado State (3-0) and Wyoming (3-0). The Wolf Pack opened the season with a win before it dropped its next 10. The Silver & Blue then won three straight to improve to 4-10, but have since dropped nine in a row, which includes a 3-2 loss to UNLV in Reno on Oct. 4.

The Wolf Pack is led by Tessa Lea'ea (274 kills/102 blocks), Dana Holt (667 assists) and Kelly Chang (24 aces/251 digs).

UNLV leads the all-time series 14-7, and it has won seven straight matches over UNR dating back to the 2006 season. The Rebels, who won their sixth match in eight tries in Reno earlier this season, own a 7-5 edge in contests played in Las Vegas.

CALDWELL CLAIMS CONFERENCE CITATION: UNLV volleyball's Kinsey Caldwell was named the Mountain West's Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday. Caldwell helped the Rebels to a 3-1 road victory at The Pit over New Mexico last Thursday night. The honor is the first for freshman setter from Waverly, Iowa.

In the win, Caldwell recorded her 11th double-double of the season when she combined 41 assists and 10 digs for the feat. She also chipped in five blocks (one solo), four kills and one ace.

She is the first Rebel to earn the weekly honor since fellow teammate Stephanie Thelen was tabbed on Sept. 26, 2011.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the final time during the 2012 regular season next week with a trip to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. UNLV will begin the trip with a visit to Fort Collins, Colo., to face the Colorado State Rams on Nov. 8 (7:00 pm MT/6:00 pm PT). Two days later, the Rebels will face the Wyoming Cowgirls in Laramie, Wyo., on Nov. 10 (6:00 pm MT/5:00 pm PT).

On Oct. 8, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. The historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime, in-state rivals - the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.

GOVERNOR'S SERIES: On Oct. 8, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. The historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime, in-state rivals - the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.

The Governor's Series was announced just days after UNLV defeated UNR by a 3-2 score in Reno.

Currently, UNR has a six-point lead (6-0) on UNLV by virtue of winning the football game on Oct. 13 and finishing higher in this past weekend's Mountain West Women's Cross Country Championship standings. Up for grabs this week is six points that will be decided in women's soccer and volleyball. UNLV and UNR tied their soccer match earlier this season, but could possibly meet in the title match of the MW Women's Soccer Championship. The Governor's Series was announced just days after UNLV defeated UNR by a 3-2 score in Reno.

Currently, UNR has a six-point lead (6-0) on UNLV by virtue of winning the football game on Oct. 13 and finishing higher in this past weekend's Mountain West Women's Cross Country Championship standings. Up for grabs this week is six points that will be decided in women's soccer and volleyball. UNLV and UNR tied their soccer match earlier this season, but could possibly meet in the title match of the MW Women's Soccer Championship.