UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Selected Third In WAC Preseason Poll



Rebels are playing in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1998

UNLV was selected to finish in third place in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference men’s soccer preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday by the league office. Junior midfielder Julian Portugal was also selected to the preseason all-conference team.

UNLV is one of six teams that have made the move from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the WAC this year, and four of those teams take up the top four spots in the poll. CSU Bakersfield was predicted to win the league title with 47 points and five first place votes, while Air Force received first place votes, and 43 total points to place second. UNLV was third with 30, just ahead of San Jose State with 29. UMKC was fifth with 26, Seattle sixth with 19, Grand Canyon seventh with 18, and Houston Baptist was eighth with 12.

The Rebels, under fourth-year head coach Rich Ryerson, bring back seven players from last year’s squad that finished in sixth place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament. In addition to Portugal, who was third on the team last year with 11 points, the Rebels also feature junior forward Salvador Bernal, an all-region selection last year and the top returning scorer of any player in the league after posting eight goals and 21 points in 2012.

UNLV opens its season with a pair of road games, starting on Friday, Aug. 30 at Delaware at 4 pm (PT), followed by a Sunday, Sept. 1 contest at UMBC at 10 am (PT).

2013 WAC Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll

Place        Team (1st place votes)        Votes
1.            Bakersfield (5)                   47
2.            Air Force (2)                                 43
3.            UNLV                                           30
4.            San Jose State                              29
5.            Kansas City                                  26
6.            Seattle U                                      19
7.            Grand Canyon (1)                          18
8.            Houston Baptist                            12

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Add Jon Maccoll As Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator



Jonathan Maccoll has been named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, UNLV head coach Jim Reitz announced on Monday.

“We are extremely excited to have a coach of Jon’s caliber join our staff here at UNLV,” said Reitz. “As one of the country’s top recruiters, he will lead our efforts to bring in top quality men and women who can propel our team upward in the Division I national ranking charts.”

Maccoll will serve as the Rebels’ recruiting coordinator as well as coaching one of the stroke groups. He joins the Rebel staff after spending the past two seasons as assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator for Queens University of Charlotte. While on the staff at Queens, Maccoll brought in a pair of recruiting classes that included a total of four top-10 nationally ranked recruits, and also created a new training plan for the team that helped produce multiple national champions and NCAA All-Americans. He was a member of the SwimMAC Carolina age group coaching staff as well during his two years in Charlotte as assistant coach, and helped start up a new program for the team for summer training for collegiate swimmers.

Prior to his time in Charlotte, Maccoll led the STAR Aquatics team in High Point, N.C., where he coordinated two locations and was the lead on fundraising efforts. He was instrumental in raising the club from a bronze level club to a silver medal club. Under his leadership at the 2010 Junior Nationals, STAR’s women’s team placed seventh including top-eight finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 free relay. In addition to his roles at STAR he served as head coach for the North Carolina Select Camp. Maccoll was also a volunteer assistant with Greensboro College’s swim teams, helping The Pride with recruiting while assisting with off-deck operations at swim meets.

Maccoll came to STAR from the CATS Aquatics Club in Libertyville, Ill. where he served as a senior group coach, and Yakima Athletic Club in Yakima, Wash.. He attended both Ashland University and Slippery Rock University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Slippery Rock in 2007.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Penner Named Honorable Mention All-America For Second Straight Season




UNLV men’s golf has had a player earn All-America recognition in 23 of the last 25 years

UNLV men’s golf senior Kevin Penner has been named honorable mention All-America for the second straight season as the 2013 PING Division I All-America Teams were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Thursday. The Rebels have had a player earn All-America recognition in 23 of the last 25 years.

The All-America first team has 11 members, while the second and third teams each have 10 members. There were a total of 27 golfers who were named honorable mention.

Penner, who last month was named to the PING All-West Region team for the second straight year, was selected All-Mountain West for the third consecutive season.

The Sammamish, Wash., native, earned the individual title at the MW Championship in May and led UNLV in scoring this season with an average of 72.11 over 35 rounds. In 12 tournaments played this season, he recorded seven top-10 finishes, including five in the top five, finishing with a tie for second individually at the NCAA Championship before helping his team to an “Elite Eight” showing in match play.

Penner ranked fifth in the conference in scoring average this year and recorded 11 rounds in the 60s, including all three of his stroke-play rounds at the NCAA Championship.

The complete 2013 PING Division I All-America Teams may be found by clicking here.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: NCAA Championship Begins Tuesday




Rebels to compete for team national title for 18th time in program history

NCAA Golf Championship Information | NCAA Golf Home Page | UNLV Season Stats


The UNLV men’s golf team will compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship beginning on Tuesday, May 28, at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course (par 70, 7,320 yards) in Milton, Ga., which is a suburb of Atlanta.

UNLV won the national title in 1998 and finished second in 1996. Among its 17 previous appearances at the national finals, the Rebels have recorded nine top-eight finishes. This year marks the program’s first appearance at the national finals since 2010.

UNLV has also had individual success at the NCAA Championship with two national title winners – Warren Schutte in 1991 and Ryan Moore in 2004.

The 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship features 30 teams, all of which had to finish in the top five at one of six regional sites to advance. It also includes six individuals who were the top finisher at each regional from teams that did not qualify.

The Rebels have been seeded 24th and will be paired for the first two rounds with 22nd-seed Kent State and 23rd-seed Oklahoma. They will tee off at the first hole beginning at 7:50 a.m. ET in Tuesday’s opening round and off No. 10 at 1:10 p.m. ET in Wednesday’s second round. Pairings and tee times for the first 36 holes are set by seed, and pairings for the final round of stroke play Thursday will be set by team score.

California is the top seed for the championship, followed by 2012 NCAA championship runner-up Alabama, UCLA, 2013 national champion Texas, Washington, New Mexico, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, TCU and Florida to round out the top 10. Seeds 11 through 20 are USC, Georgia, Florida State, North Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma State, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Seeds 21 through 30 – Saint Mary’s, Kent State, Oklahoma, UNLV, UCF, Tennessee, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina and Ball State.

Thirteen of the 15 teams that competed in the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in September at Crabapple have made the field for the NCAA Championship. Georgia Tech and California tied for first in that event, followed by Texas and UNLV (tied for third), UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kent State, Texas A&M and Florida State.

The 75th edition of the national championship will take place over six days, beginning May 28 when the 30 teams battle in 54 holes of stroke play, 18 holes each day over three days, followed by three days of match play competition culminating in the national championship match Sunday, June 2.

The 30 teams in the field have combined for 30 national team titles in the 75-year history of the championship.

The format for stroke play is each team fields five players, with the low four scores each day counting toward the team score. After 54 holes on Thursday, May 30, the individual national champion will be crowned, and the top eight schools in terms of team score are seeded for match play competition beginning Thursday, May 31.

In team match play, each of the five players on a team plays a match against a counterpart on the opposing team. Each individual match is worth a point for his team, and the team with the most points after the five matches are completed advances to the next round. Quarterfinal matches are set for Friday, May 31, with semifinals on Saturday, June 1, and the championship match Sunday, June 2.

NCAA.com will offer live web streaming of the championship beginning on the final day of stroke play Thursday, May 30, and during each day of match play.

In 12 tournaments this season, UNLV has recorded seven top-four finishes including three times in its last four events. Its lone team win of the season was at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., in April, while it turned in three second-place showings (Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in September; Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in October and Mountain West Championship earlier this month).

UNLV finished fourth at the NCAA Columbus Regional on May 18, qualifying for nationals.

Competing for the Rebels this week will be senior Kevin Penner, sophomore Kurt Kitayama, sophomore Carl Jonson, freshman AJ McInerney and junior Nicholas Maruri.

Penner, who was honorable mention All-America last year, is the only member of this year’s Rebel roster with NCAA Championship experience. He finished tied for 64th in 2010 at The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, Tenn., while the Rebels finished tied for 21st as a team.

Penner, this year’s Mountain West individual champion, was recently named All-MW for the third straight year. Penner and McInerney have each recorded runner-up finishes this season (Penner at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational and McInerney at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in October). Penner has turned in six top-10 finishes this season.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Tied For Lead At NCAA Regional




UNLV men’s golf team in first place heading into Saturday’s final round in Columbus, Jonson holds individual lead by a stroke


The UNLV men’s golf team shot a second-round 8-over-par 292 on Friday to jump from fourth place to a tie for first at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional, which is being played at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course (par 71, 7,286 yards).

The Rebels matched their first-round score and are tied with South Carolina after 36 holes at 16-over 584 to lead the field. Auburn and Stanford are both tied for third at 18-over, while Texas Tech and New Mexico are tied for fifth at 19-over. Missouri is seventh at 27-over. Only three shots separate the top six teams in the field.

UNLV sophomore Carl Jonson shot a 1-over 72 on Friday to move into first place among individuals at 2-under 140, one shot ahead of Texas Tech’s Matias Dominguez and South Carolina’s Will Starke, who are both tied for second at 1-under 141.

Jonson birdied No. 4, 6 and 7 before bogeying No. 13, recording a double bogey on No. 15 and then bogeying No. 16.

I think the course played a little tougher today,” Jonson said. “The wind really picked up and there were some tough pins out there. For the most part I played pretty similar to yesterday. I didn’t hit very many fairways and it was really tough playing from the rough. I missed a couple of putts I probably should have made.

“I think I played really well on the front nine but just got a little tired on the backside. Overall, it was a pretty solid day. The course played a little tougher today for sure. There were some pins that were in trickier spots. We are probably right on the cut line for getting through, so we really need to come out and play a good round tomorrow.”

Other Rebel players: junior Nicholas Maruri is tied for 20th at 6-over 148 after a second-round 2-over 73, freshman AJ McInerney and senior Kevin Penner are both tied for 25th at 7-over 149 after a 2-over 73 and 3-over 74, respectively, and sophmore Kurt Kitayama is tied for 40th at 9-over 151 after a second-round 6-over 77.

There are a total of six 54-hole regional tournaments. The Columbus Regional consists of 13 teams and 75 individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year’s national championship.

This year marks UNLV’s 25th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the record for most consecutive appearances.

The tournament will conclude with 18 holes on Saturday. UNLV is slated to begin the final round off the No. 1 hole with tee times scheduled every 10 minutes from 8:40-9:20 a.m. ET. with South Carolina and Auburn. Live stats are available courtesy of Golfstat through a link on UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebel Men’s Swim Program Moving To The WAC In 2013-14




Rebels will be joining their third conference in the last four years

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team is pleased to announce that the Rebels are making the move from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the Western Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-14 season, as the WAC announced on Thursday that it would be adding the sport of men’s swimming to the conference.

UNLV spent the past two seasons in the MPSF after the Mountain West discontinued sponsorship of the sport, and were the MPSF champions this past season, the eighth overall conference championship in the last nine years for the Rebels. Looking to find a situation in which the Rebels would not be forced to split coaching staffs during the conference championship meet season, the move to the WAC offers that benefit for not only UNLV but also Air Force and Wyoming, which are joining the Rebels in making the switch. The 2014 championship meet for the WAC will be held on Feb. 26-March 1 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, exactly one week after the Mountain West Women’s Swimming Championships will be held at the same site.

“We’re excited to be moving to a new conference for our men’s program, especially in terms of talking about the conference championship meet, with Palo Alto being a fast and outstanding venue,” said UNLV Head Men’s Swimming Coach Jim Reitz. “It’s also important to our program to have our men’s league meet in the same location as our women, while the competition we’ll face will be at least equal if not better then the past two seasons. I’m also happy to have Air Force and Wyoming make the move with us. They have been competitive rivals for our team since the beginning of the MW, and I’m glad to see that continue into the WAC.”

Next year’s WAC membership includes three full-time members that sponsor men’s swimming and diving; CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon and Seattle. Joining these schools will be affiliate members Air Force, UNLV, North Dakota and Wyoming giving the WAC seven teams in 2013-14. North Dakota is already a women’s swimming and diving affiliate member.

“We are excited about the reinstatement of men’s swimming and diving to the Western Athletic Conference,” said Jeff Hurd, WAC Interim Commissioner. “We look forward to one of our original sports returning to the WAC and watching these teams work toward winning a conference championship.”

This will be the second time that the WAC has sponsored men’s swimming and diving as the sport was part of the conference from its inaugural 1962-63 season through 1999-2000. Three of the programs joining the WAC this upcoming year competed previously in the conference. Wyoming was an original member during all but one of those years while Air Force was added in 1980 and UNLV joined in 1996.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Headed To Columbus For Record 25th Straight NCAA Regional




UNLV’s men’s golf to make record 25th straight regional appearance


The UNLV men’s golf team will be the No. 6 seed at the NCAA’s Columbus Regional, which will be played at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, beginning Thursday, May 16, the NCAA announced Monday.

The invitation marks UNLV’s 25th straight appearance in a NCAA Regional, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive appearances.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 16-18. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals to make up the 30 qualifying teams and six individuals not on those teams that will compete for the NCAA title.

The other five regional sites are Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., University Club of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, La., ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., and Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship finals will be conducted May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year’s championship.

In its last outing, UNLV tied for second place at the Mountain West Championship, which was held this past weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Kevin Penner earned medalist honors by a shot at 7-under, while sophomores Kurt Kitayama (T8th) and Carl Jonson (T10th) each recorded top-10 finishes.

On the season as a team, UNLV has competed in 11 tournaments and has recorded six top-four showings. The Rebels have had two runner-up finishes and one victory (ASU Thunderbird Invitational in April).

Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the Columbus Regional. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parenthesis. The entire field for the NCAA Regionals may be found on the NCAA’s website or by clicking here.

The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course – Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by The Ohio State University

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. New Mexico (Mountain West)
2. Stanford
3. Auburn
4. South Carolina
5. Missouri
7. Texas Tech
8. Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
9. Georgia Southern
10. San Francisco
11. Virginia
12. Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference)
13. Valparaiso (Horizon League)

1. Scott Fernandez, Iowa State
2. Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville
3. Chris Selfridge, Toledo
4. Charlie Bull, Akron
5. Adam Schenk, Purdue
6. Matthew Moseley, Michigan State
7. Nathan Kerns, Marshall
8. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota
9. Korey Ward, Xavier
10. David Tepe, Cincinnati

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels In Second Place After First Day At MW Championship




Rebels five shots back of the lead as a team, Penner one shot back individually after 4-under 67


MWDN Video Recap | Results

The UNLV men’s golf team shot an opening-round 3-over-par 287 on Friday and is in second place, five shots off the lead, at the 2013 Mountain West Men’s Golf Championship, which is being played at the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National Resort (par 71, 7,144 yards).

Temperatures were in the high 80s and it was windy for most of the day with gusts as high as 25 mph.

No. 6 New Mexico leads the field at 2-under 282. Two-time defending team champion San Diego State is third at 4-over, followed by Colorado State in fourth at 12-over, Air Force and Wyoming both tied for fifth at 15-over and Boise State in seventh at 16-over. Fresno State (17-over) and Nevada, Reno (30-over) are in eighth and ninth place, respectively.

All nine MW schools are represented in the field, which is also made up of 45 individuals.

New Mexico’s Victor Perez holds the individual lead by a shot at 5-under 66. His round was made up of five birdies with no bogeys. UNLV senior Kevin Penner is in second place, just one shot back, at 4-under after five birdies and a bogey. Gavin Green from New Mexico is third at 1-under, while there is a five-way tie for fourth that includes UNLV sophomore Kurt Kityama at even-par.

Other Rebel scores: freshman AJ McInerney is tied for 11th at 2-over, sophomore Carl Jonson is tied for 27th at 5-over and junior Nicholas Maruri is tied for 37th at 8-over.

Play at the 54-hole tournament will continue on Saturday with 18 holes and conclude on Sunday. Live scoring for the MW Championship are available through a link on UNLVRebels.com.


UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Kitayama Named MW Golfer Of The Week, Team Recognized By Golfweek



Rebels also selected as Golfweek’s Team of the Week after winning title at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

UNLV sophomore Kurt Kitayama has been selected as the Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Week for tournaments played April 5-7. It is the first time a UNLV player has earned the honor this season.

Kitayama helped lead the Rebels to their first team title, and fifth top-four finish, of the 2012-13 season this past weekend. The Rebels won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational after firing a final-round-low 7-under-par 277 to capture the crown by one shot over top-ranked California. The 18-team, 100-individual tournament was played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards) in Tempe, Ariz.

With the win, Golfweek named the Rebels as its Team of the Week.

Kitayama turned in a his best collegiate finish with a tie for fifth place at 6-under 207 (67-71-69). It was his second career top 10 finish. His 54-hole total of 207 also marked a career low.

Kitayama shot a career-best 67 during the first round by notching seven birdies and recorded his second tournament as a Rebel with two rounds in the 60s. He currently ranks 15th in the Mountain West with a 72.76 stroke average over 21 rounds.

UNLV will be back in action on Saturday at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin, Texas.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Victorious At ASU Thunderbird Invitational



Rebels earn first victory of the season with one-shot win over top-ranked California

The UNLV men’s golf team fired a final-round-low 7-under-par 277 on Sunday to capture the team title by one shot over top-ranked California at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The 18-team, 100-individual tournament was played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards).

The team victory was the first for UNLV in nine events this season and its fifth top-four finish of the year.

“This was a great win for us,” said head coach Dwaine Knight. “I am very proud of the guys, this was an important win for the program. A huge team win. Our attitude, effort and focus was there this week. It was a total team victory.”

The Rebels finished the 54-hole event at 9-under 843, while California, which shot a final-round 6-under 278, was second at 8-under. San Diego finished third at 5-under, followed by New Mexico in fourth at 2-under and San Diego State in fifth at even-par.

Oregon State’s Nick Chianello won medalist honors by a shot at 11-under 202 after a final-round 1-under 70. Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez and California Brandon Hagy both tied for second at 10-under.

The Rebels were led by sophomore Kurt Kitayama and senior Kevin Penner, who both tied for fifth at 6-under 207. Kitayama was 2-under during the final round, while Penner shot 4-under. Penner’s final round consisted of six birdies and a double bogey, while Kitayama also had six birdies, with two bogeys and a double bogey.

Other UNLV players: sophomore Carl Jonson tied for 20th at 1-over 214 after a final-round 1-over 72, junior Nicholas Maruri tied for 41st at 5-over 218 after a final-round 2-under 69, and freshman AJ McInerney tied for 58th at 9-over 222 after a final-round 5-over 76.

UNLV will be back in action on Saturday at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin, Texas.

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Add Brittney Gideon To 2013 Signing Class



Head coach Michael Coll’s first class is now at 12 players

UNLV women’s soccer head coach Michael Coll announced on Monday that Brittney Gideon has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Rebels, starting in the fall of 2013. Gideon becomes the 12th member of Coll’s initial recruiting class, after 11 players were announced in February.

Gideon, a 5-6 forward and native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was a two-year starter for Mililani High. She helped the Trojans to two top-four finishes in the state tournament and a combined 27-5-2 record over her two seasons. She earned all-state and First Team All-OIA West honors both years while leading Mililani is scoring as well.

She has been a member of two club teams, first with Hawaii Rush from 2004-11 and helped them to an appearance in the 2010 National Cup. Her past two years have been with the Honolulu Bulls, along with future teammate Lily Sender who signed with the Rebels in February, and the two helped the Bulls to second place in the State Cup in 2012 as well as a regional appearance.

UNLV, in its first year under Coll as head coach, posted a 12-4-4 record and reached the semifinals of the Mountain West tournament in 2012. Eight starters will be returning from that squad for the Rebels.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Student Tickets For NCAA Tournament Available Now



Information for UNLV students interested in purchasing tickets to the NCAA Tournament games in San Jose

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase by UNLV students until Monday at noon or until sold out for the Runnin’ Rebels’ NCAA Tournament appearance in San Jose this week.

Student tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis until sold out.

Student tickets are $75 each for the second round game against California on Thursday. If UNLV advances to the third round game on Saturday, those students who purchased for the Cal game will automatically get tickets for the Saturday game and will be charged again accordingly.

There is a limit of one ticket per student. All student tickets must be picked up in San Jose with a valid Rebel Card ID.




UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend



National Invitational Tournament will be held
Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17

The UNLV men’s golf team will travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17.

The 16-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes played on Saturday and a final round of 18 holes taking place on Sunday. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nevada, Reno, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming. Play will begin at 8 a.m. MT each day.

The Rebels’ lineup includes senior Kevin Penner, junior Blake Biddle, freshman AJ McInerney, and sophomores Kurt Kitayama and Carl Jonson.

UNLV finished second (out of 12 teams) at last year’s NIT at 4-under 860, one shot back of team champion San Diego State. Penner turned in the Rebels’ best individual performance at 2-under, which tied for third place, 13 shots behind individual medalist J.J. Spaun from San Diego State.

In its last tournament, UNLV finished ninth at its own Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, which had a 15-team field including nine of the nation’s top-10 ranked teams. In seven events this season, UNLV has finished in the top four on four occasions.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Host Nevada, Reno On Senior Day



Lady Rebels looking for the season sweep and the three points in the Governor’s Series, all tickets just $2

There is no shortage of storylines for UNLV’s women’s basketball game against in-state rival Nevada, Reno, which tips off at 3 pm on Saturday. And it all begins with guard Kelli Thompson, who will play in the Cox Pavilion for the final time as the Lady Rebels will recognize their lone senior prior to the start of final home game of the regular season. Tickets are just $2 for any fans wearing red to the contest, while kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV women’s basketball game. A senior celebration will also follow the contest, starting 30 minutes after the game is over.

Saturday’s game is key in both the Mountain West and Governor’s Series standings. The Lady Rebels are looking to claim their seventh league win of the year, which would keep them in the top half of the MW. A win over UNR would also give the Lady Rebels the season sweep, and earn three points for UNLV in the all-sports competition between the two.

The contest will be streamed live on UNLVRebels.com, thanks to a partnership with UNLV-TV, a media unit of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies. The UNLV radio broadcast for the game by Adam Candee and Dominique Harris can be heard on KSHP 1400 AM as well as off a link from UNLVRebels.com.

GAME 28 Saturday, March 2 • 3 pm Senior Day       

UNLV (10-17, 6-7 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (70-83, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Kelli Thompson (18.7 ppg)

Nevada, Reno (7-19, 2-11 MW)
Head coach: Jane Albright (71-83, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Chanelle Brennan (13.5 ppg)
Cox Pavilion (2,500) Las Vegas
TV: UNLV TV, webcast at UNLVRebels.com
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee)/UNLVRebels.com
Live Stats: Gametracker

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Announce 2013 Signing Class



Rebels bring in a total four high school players and a pair of
JC transfers

Six players, including two from Las Vegas, have signed national letters of intent to play for the UNLV men’s soccer team in the fall of 2013, head coach Rich Ryerson announced on Thursday. Two of the players are junior college transfers, while four high school players round out the class.

The first local player is Sebastian Hernandez, a 6-2 two-time JC All-American defender for Lassen College in Susanville, Calif. He was the Golden Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Cougars to a 32-4-8 record over that time, while also claiming a pair of conference championships. He attended Bonanza High in Las Vegas, and was a four-time high school All-American while also earning all-state, all-conference and all-league honors all four seasons for the Bengals. Hernandez played for Neusport FC 93′ under former UNLV assistant coach Frank D’Amelio, and the team won the State Cup in 2010 and was a finalist in 2011, while also reaching the regional semifinals that summer.

From Legacy High in Las Vegas comes Saul Aguirre, a 5-10 forward. He helped his team to two state championships (2010, 2011) and was three-time regional player of the year while also earning NSCAA All-America honors his senior season. Aguirre has played with several club teams in Las Vegas, beginning with Neusport SC in 2010 (State Cup champions), Downtown Las Vegas SC in 2010-12 (State Cup champs in 2011 and third place in the national tournament) and now most recently, with Players SC since 2012.

UNLV also signed a player from the northern part of the state, as Kevin Partida will be joining the Rebels in the fall. A 5-8 midfielder, he helped Sparks High to a state runner-up finish while also earning all-region honors. Partida plays for Sagebrush SC, State Cup runner-up in 2012 as well as semifinalist at the Surf Cup.

The Rebels’ second JC transfer is Phoenix, Ariz., native Julien Dragomir. A 5-10 forward, he has played the past two seasons at Yavapai CC and posted 36 goals and 20 assists over the past two years for 92 points while helping the Roughriders to a conference championship in 2012. Dragomir played club soccer with several teams, including Sereno Soccer Club in 2006-07 and 2012 as well as Real Salt Lake Academy in 2010-11. He spent 2009-11 in Portugal, playing on trials with Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Victoria Guimaraes, CF OS Beleneses and Club Sport Maritimo.

Coming from Arvado, Colo., is 6-1 goalkeeper Brad Holub. A three-year starter at Golden High, Holub is also the starting goalkeeper for Colorado Rapids Academy since 2008, and played with them in the 2010 regional quarterfinals while also winning the State Cup in 2010. The team was a US Club Soccer National Finalist in 2009. Most recently, Holub has trained with Colorado Rapids first team in 2012.

The final recruit is Mitch Meyers, native of Orondo, Wash., and a 5-11 midfielder for Eastmont High. Last season he led the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the state with a 20-3 record, as well as the league and district titles. Meyers competed for two seasons on the track team as well, and was a regional finalist in the 400m and 4x400m relay while also competing in the triple jump and the 800m. He played for the Eastside 94 club team in 2011-12, helping them to the state cup finals in 2011, and to a State Cup title, Regional title, and a third-place finish at nationals in 2012.

“This is truly one of the strongest recruiting classes I have been involved with while being a part of the UNLV men’s soccer coaching staff,” said Ryerson. “We needed the experience and maturity that both Sebastian and Julian will bring from their time at two very competitive junior college programs. As for our freshmen, Kevin will be an exciting player to watch, similar to (current Rebel) Sal Bernal, and Saul will be a real threat to other teams’ defenses. We look for Mitch to add depth and strength to our back line and for Brad to come in and compete for a starting role as a goalkeeper, having played in the highly acclaimed Colorado Rapids Developmental Academy program.”

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels 10th After First Round In Hawaii


Rebels shoot 15-over as a team, McInerney fires 1-over par and is tied for 13th at Burns Intercollegiate

The UNLV men’s golf team shot an opening-round 15-over-par 303 on Wednesday at the 37th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which is being played at Turtle Bay Resort’s Arnold Palmer Course (par 72, 7218 yards).

Two-time defending tournament champion California is the team leader after a 4-under 284 and leads the field by three shots. New Mexico is in second place at 1-under, followed by Colorado State, Arizona and BYU, all tied for third at 4-over. UNLV is in 10th place.

Individually, Cal’s Joel Stalter leads by a shot at 5-under 67. New Mexico’s Gavin Green is in second at 4-under, followed by Arizona’s Erik Oja at 3-under.

UNLV freshman AJ McInerney led all UNLV players on Wednesday with a 1-over 73 and is tied for 13th. He bogeyed the second and 12th holes prior to recording a birdie on the 14th.

Senior Kevin Penner is tied for 38th at 4-over, junior Blake Biddle and freshman Zane Thomas are both tied for 48th at 5-over, and sophomore Carl Jonson is tied for 62nd at 7-over.

The 16-team, 88-individual tournament will continue Thursday and conclude Friday with 18 holes each day.

Live scoring of the tournament is available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels To Tee Up Spring Season In Hawaii



Rebels will play at John A. Burns Intercollegiate Wednesday through Friday

The UNLV men’s golf team will open its spring season at the 37th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which will be played Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 20-22, at Turtle Bay Resort’s Arnold Palmer Course (par 72, 7,218 yards) in Kahuku, Hawaii.

The tournament features a 15-team field with three teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s Top 25: No. 1 California, No. 4 New Mexico and No. 25 Texas A&M. The rest of the field includes Arizona, BYU, BYU-Hawaii, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Nevada, Reno, UNLV, UTEP, Utah and Washington State.

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each day starting at 7:30 a.m. HST.

In the lineup for the Rebels this week will be senior Kevin Penner, junior Blake Biddle, freshman AJ McInerney, sophomore Carl Jonson and freshman Zane Thomas.

California is the two-time defending Burns Intercollegiate champion. UNLV finished tied for second last year, seven shots back at 10-under 854. The Rebels were led by Penner and Biddle, who finished tied for sixth and eighth, respectively. Duke’s Julian Suri earned medalist honors at 11-under.

Live scoring of the tournament will be available off a link at UNLVRebels.com, courtesy of Golfstat.

UNLV played in five events during the fall season, recording four top-four finishes or better. The Rebels are coming off a second-place showing at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, which was played in Las Cruces, N.M., in October.

Biddle was the only Rebel to record an individual win during the fall season (Wimberly Intercollegiate), finishing with three top-10 finishes, including two top-fives. Penner finished in the top-10 in all four of his events, including two top-fives and a second-place showing at the PING Golfweek Preview Invitational, while McInerney also had a second-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.

UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Rejoin National Rankings At No. 25



Rebels make second appearance this year in the rankings

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team has returned to the national rankings at No. 25 thanks to an eight-meet win streak to end the regular season, as the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division 1 Team Rankings were released on Wednesday morning. Previously the Rebels were ranked 23rd in the Dec. 5 poll, before dropping out for two weeks.

UNLV finished the regular season at 8-1, with the lone loss coming in the season-opener to Arizona, currently ranked in a tie for ninth in the poll. The eight-win streak to end the season includes wins over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation members Air Force, BYU, CSU Bakersfield, Denver, and most recently Wyoming, who had entered the Feb. 2 meet undefeated at 8-0 before falling by 25 points to the Rebels.

The Rebels have three swimmers that rank in the top 16 in the nation in their events. Cody Roberts currently holds the nation’s fourth fastest time in the 100 fly in a time of 46.76. Giacomo Gremizzi is ranked sixth in the 400 IM with a time of 3:45.58, while David Szele is 12th in the 100 breast (53.37). UNLV is also ranked in the top 16 in three relays as well, seventh in the 400 medley (3:11.43), eighth in the 200 medley (1:26.84), while the 800 free relay (6:29.43) has the 11th fastest time in the nation thus far this season.

The Rebels will return to action in the MPSF Championship meet, held Feb. 20-23 at East LA College in Monterey Park, Calif.