Road Tripping One Last Time

Nov. 6, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the final time during the 2012 regular season with their trip to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains for matches in Fort Collins, Colo., and Laramie, Wyo. UNLV, who sits in a second-place tie in the Mountain West Standings with Colorado State, will square off against the Rams on Thursday evening (7:00 pm MT/6:00 pm PT). Two days later, the Rebels will face the Wyoming Cowgirls in a Saturday night showdown (6:00 pm MT/5:00 pm PT).

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE: The Colorado State Rams, who are 15-7 overall in 2012, enter the week in tied for second place in the Mountain West standings with a 8-3 mark. Colorado State began the year 3-0 before losing three straight. Following its 3-3 start, CSU has won 12 of 16. The Rams, who have won their last two matches, enter the contest as winner of four of their last six outings. Last week, CSU played once - a 3-0 sweep at Wyoming.

The Rams are led by Dana Cranston (278 kills and 21 aces), Deedra Foss (846 assists), Izzy Gaulia (342 digs) and Megan Plourde (126 total blocks).

CSU leads the all-time series 30-6, and it has won seven straight dating back to the second meeting in 2008. In Fort Collins, UNLV has won once in 16 tries - a 3-1 win on Nov. 4, 2005.

SCOUTING WYOMING: The Wyoming Cowgirls, who are 17-10 overall in 2012, enter the week seventh in Mountain West standings with a 4-7 mark. Wyoming began the year 9-0, but has since played .500 volleyball with nine wins in its last 18 matches. Last week, the Cowgirls defeated Regis - an NCAA Division II school - 3-1, but lost to Colorado State in sweeping fashion. Prior to playing UNLV on Saturday night, UW will host Fresno State on Thursday evening.

The Cowgirls are led by Jodi Purdy (339 kills and 28 aces), Rachel Keyes (592 assists), Becky Stewart (465 digs) and Erin Kirby (160 total blocks).

UNLV leads the all-time series 21-15. The Rebels snapped a three-match losing streak to the Cowgirls earlier this season on Oct. 11 with their 3-2 win in Las Vegas. In Laramie, UW holds a 10-6 edge in head-to-head matches. The last win for UNLV in Laramie came on Nov. 13, 2008 - a 3-2 decision.

ON THE SIDELINES: The UNLV Rebels return home for the remainder of the 2012 regular season, and the three-match home stand begins with a contest against Fresno State on Nov. 16 (7:00 pm). The tussle with Fresno State will be the only one for UNLV next week, and it will be followed by a pair of matches the day before and the day after Thanksgiving.

THE 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 the UNLV volleyball team defeated UNR by a 3-2 score in Reno. The win was the eighth straight for the Rebels over the Wolf Pack.

The Rebels finished off the season series against the Wolf Pack on Nov. 3 - a 3-0 sweep, which gave UNLV three points in the Governor's Series standings.

Currently, UNR leads the head-to-head competition 7.5 to 4.5. The Wolf Pack got three points for both football and cross country, and it got 1.5 points for tying UNLV in women's soccer. The Rebels' point tally is attributed to the three points from volleyball and the other 1.5 from women's soccer.

REBEL REWIND: The UNLV Rebels split their two home matches last week in Mountain West action. UNLV opened up with a 3-1 loss to San Diego State, which dropped the Scarlet & Gray half a game behind the Aztecs in conference standings. The Rebels rebounded two days later with a 3-0 sweep of in-state rival Nevada, Reno.

Madeline Westman and Katlin Winters came up big for the Rebels on both sides of the net. Westman led the team in kills (21) and hitting efficiency (.349), and she also provided five blocks (two solo), three digs, three aces and one assist. Winters topped all with 11 blocks (three solo), while adding 17 kills off a .293 hitting effort. She also had two assists and two digs.

Both Sekola Falemaka and Kinsey Caldwell notched double-doubles in the SDSU contest. Falemaka combined 11 kills with 13 digs for the feat, while Caldwell paired 38 assists with 11 digs. Overall, the former had 19 kills, 17 digs, six blocks and two assists to the latter's 60 assists, 17 digs and six kills.

Defensively, a quintet of players notched double figures in digs. Daryn Glenn led the group with 30, and she was closely followed by 27 from Allison Davies. Thelen joined Falemaka and Caldwell with 17 apiece.