Lobos on the Mountain West Road
Thursday: Lobos @ UNLV, 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT
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Saturday: Lobos @ San Diego State, 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team has two Mountain West matches on the road this weekend, stopping first at UNLV for an 8 p.m. MT match on Thursday before playing at San Diego State at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday.
The Lobos enter the week in a four-way tie for second in the Mountain West standings as they are one of four teams with a 7-3 record in MW contests. New Mexico is 17-4 overall and coming off a pair of sweeps last week, first at Texas Tech on Oct. 23 and then at home over Nevada on Oct. 26. UNM's RPI is 63.
UNLV is also in the four-way tie for second in the MW standings with a 12-8 overall and 7-3 mark. The Rebels are coming off a 1-1 week on the road, winning in five at Boise State on Oct. 24 before losing in four sets at Utah State on Oct. 26. UNLV's RPI is 85.
This will be the second meeting between the Lobos and the Rebels. UNLV won in four sets (18-25, 28-30, 25-18, 18-25) in the first meeting played in the Johnson Center on Oct. 12. The Rebels used offspeed shots on offense to hit around the Lobo block and on defense, outblocked UNM 12-7 to hold the Lobos to their lowest hitting percentage (.162) in conference play so far this season.
Mountain West preseason favorite San Diego State enters the week No. 6 in conference standings with a 10-10 overall and 5-5 MW record. The Aztecs are coming off a loss at Utah State (0-3) on Oct. 24 and a win at Boise State (3-0) on Oct. 26.
The Lobos outlasted San Diego State in a five-set thriller (27-25, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-4) in Albuquerque on Oct. 10.
LOBO VOLLEYBALL NOTES
“DIG PINK” RAISES $3,422 FOR UNMH CANCER CENTER... The Lobos’ raffle and silent auction at their “Dig Pink” match on Oct. 26 raised $3,422 -- all of which will be donated to UNMH Cancer Center. Director of Operations Allison Buck coordinated the event for Lobo Volleyball. The Lobos 3-0 win over Nevada lasted 74 minutes, meaning funds were raised at a rate of $46.24 per-minute.
LOWDOWN ON THE LOBOS...The Lobos are coming off a sweep at Texas Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and a sweep of Nevada at home on Oct. 26 pushing their number of 3-0 wins to 10, which is tied with No. 9 Colorado State for the Mountain West best.
Redshirt junior Chantale Riddle continues to pace the Lobos and the MW in overall matches with 3.97 kills-per-set and 4.68 points-per-set. She is tied with Fresno State’s Korrin Wild as the points leader in MW-only stats with 4.58 points-per-set. Riddle is second in kills-per-set in MW-only contests with 4.00. She is No. 29 in the nation in points-per-set and No. 44 for kills-per-set.
Outside hitters Julia Warren and Cassie House add 2.44 and 2.23 kills-per-set while senior middle blocker Lexi Ross hits at a .346 clip and averages 1.95 kills-per-set and 1.14 blocks-per-set. Warren contributes in digs at a per-set rate of 2.55.
Redshirt sophomore Hannah Johnson handles setting duties for UNM and dishes out 10.63 assists-per-set. She is tied as the league leader in double-doubles with 13. Senior libero Miquella Lovato is second in the league in digs-per-set with an average of 4.80. Sophomore middle blocker Skye Gullatt ranks fourth in the league for blocks-per-set with a 1.29 average.
READ UP ON THE REBELS...The Rebels enter the week No. 4 in the Mountain West standings with a 12-8 overall and 7-3 MW mark. UNLV is coming off a 1-1 week on the road, winning in five at Boise State on Oct. 24 before losing in four sets at Utah State on Oct. 26.
The Lobos hosted the Rebels on Oct. 12 with UNLV coming away victorious, 3-1.
Senior outside hitter Sekola Falemaka leads the team and is fourth in the conference with 3.61 kills-per-set. She adds 3.14 digs per-set.
Junior outside hitter Daryn Glenn adds 2.79 kills-per-set and senior middle blocker Madeline Westman contributes 2.19. Redshirt junior middle blocker Katlin Winters and Westman lead the Rebels in blocks-per set with averages of 1.09 and 1.08, respectively.
Senior Stephanie Thelen handles setting duties and is third in the Mountain West with 10.92 assists per-set.
A BIT ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE...Mountain West preseason favorite San Diego State enters the week No. 6 in the Mountain West standings with a10-10 overall and 5-5 MW record. The Aztecs are coming off a loss at Utah State (0-3) on Oct. 24 and a 3-0 win at Boise State on Oct. 26.
Senior outside hitter Summer Nash, junior outside hitter Michelle Waber and senior outside hitter Raegan Shelton average 3.51, 3.08 and 3.00 kills-per-set, respectively. Senior middle blocker Emily Harris is the only player who has played in all 77 of SDSU’s sets. She averages 2.55 kills-per-set and 1.06 blocks-per-set.
Preseason Player of the Year Johnna Fouch averages 9.14 assists-per-set. Senior libero Courtney Vaccarello averages 3.84 digs-per-set.
RIDDLE EARNS MW WEEKLY HONORS - OCT. 28...The Mountain West conference named Chantale Riddle the league’s Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 21-27. It’s the first weekly honor for Riddle this season and the second of her career.
Riddle led the Lobos to a 2-0 record, first a sweep at Big 12 opponent Texas Tech on Oct. 23 before returning to the Johnson Center and sweeping Nevada on Oct. 26.
In nine sets played, the right-side hitter recorded 25 kills, 17 digs and 10 blocks, and committed just two attack errors for a spectacular .397 hitting percentage.
Riddle led all players in kills and points in both of the Lobos’ matches, recording 17 points and 14 kills at Texas Tech and 14 points and 11 kills against the Wolf Pack. She also tallied her fifth double-double of the season against the Red Raiders with 14 kills and 13 digs.
She performed well above her season average in several categories: kills(4.17 last week/3.97 season avg.), hitting percentage (.397/.242), aces-per-set (0.17/0.14), digs-per-set (2.83/2.13), blocks-per-set (1.67/1.00) and points-per-set (5.17/4.68).
RIDDLE REACHES 1K CAREER KILLS, EYES PROGRAM CAREER TOP-10...Redshirt junior Chantale Riddle recorded her 1,000th career kill in the fourth set of the Lobos 3-1 win at San José State on Oct. 19. The Roswell, N.M., native needed 17 entering the match to reach the 1K mark and tallied a match high 20. Riddle is the 11th Lobo in program history to reach the milestone and the first since 2010 when Lisa Meter recorded her career 1,000th.
Riddle needs 12 kills to become among the top-10 in program history in career kills. Nao Ikeda is No. 10 with 1,040 (1986-1989).
The most kills recorded in a career by a Lobo volleyball player is 1,579, done by Tania Gooley (1991-94).
RIDDLE PART OF CAREER POINTS HISTORY...Riddle surpassed the milestone of 1,000 points earlier this season and took over the No. 10 spot for career points in UNM program history when she recorded 14.0 on Oct. 26 in the Lobos’ 3-0 win over Nevada. The redshirt junior is at 1,208.0 and counting.
She bumped Anna Reines who had 1,206.5 (1992-95) and looks to advance further up the list. Nao Ikeda is No. 9 (1267.0; 1986-89); Kim Hicks is No. 8 (1335.0; 1980-81, ‘83) and Lisa Meeter is No. 7 (1,352.0; 2007-10).
RIDDLE AND ROSS CLOSE TO BREAKING INTO CAREER TOP-10 FOR BLOCKS...Chantale Riddle needs 10 blocks while Lexi Ross needs 22 to crack into the Lobo volleyball top-10 for career blocks. Spot No. 10 on the list is occupied by Jade Michaelsen who had 284 from 2007-10.
LOVATO NEARING SINGLE-SEASON TOP-10 FOR DIGS...Senior libero Miquella Lovato has 379 digs in 2013 and is coming close to breaking into the Lobos’ single-season top-10. She needs 45 to tie the No. 10 spot, occupied by Allison Buck who had 424 in 2010.
Lovato had 465 digs last season, which is No. 3 in single-season digs for Lobo volleyball.
JOHNSON EYES 1K ASSISTS IN 2013...For matches through Oct. 26, redshirt sophomore Hannah Johnson has 840 assists and with 10 regular-season matches remaining, she could reach 1,000 and possibly break into UNM’s top-10 single-season record. Sarah Kwasigroch is No. 10 on the list as she recorded 1,068 in 2006.