Rebels Close Out The Regular Season This Week

Nov. 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels enter Feast Week with two matches at home to close out the 2012 regular season. UNLV will welcome the Boise State Broncos and Air Force Falcons to the Las Vegas Valley for matches on Wednesday (7:00 pm) and Friday (4:00 pm), respectively.

BLOCK FRIDAY SPECIAL: Fans that are planning on attending the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball game vs. the Oregon Ducks on Friday evening at 6:00 pm can gain free admittance to the UNLV-Air Force volleyball match by showing their ticket stub at the Thomas & Mack Center box office.

FINISHING STRONG: Prior to the start of the 2012 campaign, the nine Mountain West coaches projected the UNLV Rebels to finish the year in fifth place behind the likes of preseason favorite Colorado State, San Diego State, Wyoming and Fresno State. With two contests remaining in the conference's regular-season slate UNLV needs only one win to secure a third-place showing - the program's second-best finish since joining the MW and best since the 2007 squad tied for second.

The conference title is up for grabs between San Diego State and Colorado State, who sit atop the standings with identical 12-3 records. Both teams close out the MW season with home tilts; SDSU hosts Nevada, Reno, while CSU welcomes New Mexico to Fort Collins.

The Rebels, who held a combined 0-4 record against SDSU and CSU, have gone 9-1 against programs below them in the conference standings this season. UNLV swept the likes of Fresno State, Nevada-Reno and New Mexico, while the opportunity presents itself to finish off the season series with Boise State and Air Force this week. The only team that UNLV went 1-1 against this year has been Wyoming.

IN RAREFIED AIR: The UNLV Rebels' win over Fresno State last week signified some significant accomplishments for the 2012 edition in regards to overall, home and conference wins.

-The 17 wins are the fourth most in program history and most since 2007's 24.
-The 10 home wins are tied for the third most in program history and most since 2007's 13.
-The nine conference wins are tied for the fifth most in program history and most since 2008's nine.

SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Boise State Broncos, who are 16-14 overall, enter the week in a three-way tie for third place in the Mountain West standings with a 7-7 record. Boise State has lost two if its last three matches after it had won four straight and seven of its previous nine. Last week, the Broncos defeated Wyoming in four sets before being swept by Colorado State in Boise.

The Broncos are led by Liz Harden (377 kills), Casey Rose (735 assists), Kersti Whitney (32 aces and 469 digs) and Brittany Reardon (88 blocks).

BSU leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1984, 4-3. UNLV won the last meeting earlier this season on Sept. 22 by a 3-2 score. The win snapped a two-match losing streak to BSU that it had amassed with back-to-back 3-2 victories during the 2011 season. Only two of the seven head-to-head bouts have occurred in Las Vegas - both of which were won by the Broncos.

SCOUTING AIR FORCE: The Air Force Falcons, who are 9-19 overall, enter the week eighth in the Mountain West standings with a 3-11 record. Air Force make a stop in Fresno, Calif., before coming to Las Vegas and playing UNLV on Friday. The Falcons enter the week with a two-match losing streak and losers of eight of their last nine outings.

The Falcons are led by Cami Richan (307 kills), Hillary Keltner (960 assists), Maiya Perich (19 aces and 450 digs) and Ayesha Hein (67 blocks).

UNLV leads the all-time series 31-2 behind a 26-match winning streak that began on Nov. 19, 1999. The Rebels own a 16-0 head-to-head record in matches played in Las Vegas against the Falcons.