New Mexico Lobos Volleyball – 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic
When/Where: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Sept. 4-6) –University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawaii
Thursday: New Mexico vs. No. 20 Hawai’I, 11:30 p.m. MT
Friday: New Mexico vs. St. John’s, 9p.m. MT
Saturday: New Mexico vs. No. 20 Oreogn, 6:30 p.m. MT
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Scouting Hawai’i: 2-1, 0-0 Big West
The Rainbow Wahine were ranked No. 17 in the nation to start the season but have now moved back to No. 20. Head coach Dave Shoji is in his 40th season with Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine started off 2-1 at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. They won 3-0 against Ohio then dropped a match to No. 25 Arizona State but picked up a win in their last match against our Mountain West foe San Diego State, 3-1. Hawai’i is picked as the favorite in the Big West. Last season they finished 20th in the nation with a 25-5 record. This season, the Rainbow Wahine return 2013 First-Team All-Big West selection Nikki Taylor, all-conference selection and three-year starter Kalei Adolpho and Tai Manu-Olevano and Tayler Higgins. Taylor was second on the team with 284 kills for a .287 attack percentage. She averaged 2.70 kills per set and recorded 81 blocks.
Scouting St. John’s: 3-0, 0-0 Big East
St. John’s is in the Big East conference and is picked to finish fifth. The Red Storm finished the 2013 season with 16 wins. Head coach Joanne Persico is in her 21st season with the Red Storm. She returns Preseason All-Big East Team members junior Karin Palgutova and senior Aleksandra Wachowicz. Palgutova was an AVCA All-American after tallying 510 kills and a hitting percentage of .263 last season. Over the weekend, the Red Storm went 3-0 at the Bryant Invitational. They claimed a 3-1 win over Army, 3-0 win over UMASS-Lowell and a 3-0 win over Bryant. The Red Storm is currently averaging 13.20 kills per set and 11.10 digs per set.
Scouting Oregon: 3-0, 0-0 PAC-12
The Oregon Ducks are picked fifth in the Pac-12 and are No. 22 this week in the AVCA preseason poll. Oregon is an NCAA contender every season as they were the runner up to Texas in 2012. Head coach Jim Moore is in his 10th season with the Ducks. In their openeing weekend, they won the Oregon Invitational with a 3-0 record. The Ducks return senior Liz Brenner who was named to the Pac-12 Preseason Team. At the Oregon Invitational, Brenner led the Ducks with 39 kills, 3.55 kills per set. She also picked up 42 digs in the three matches. Oregon swept Ohio State and Central Arkansas in the first two matches. In its third match, they took a 3-2 win over Illinois State. Oregon is putting up 13.45 kills per set along with 15.91 digs per set. Oregon finished 2013 with a 31 RPI after a 20-12 record.
LOBOS OPEN SEASON WITH 2-1 RECORD
The Lobos’ opened the 2014 season, going 2-1 at the Lobo Classic, placing second overall. They picked up two sweeps against Seattle U and UTEP but had a tough match with No. 2 Texas, dropping three straight sets to the Longhorns. New Mexico found good rhythm against both Seattle U and UTEP by outhitting them and holding them both to a .000 hitting percentage. The Seattle U match was the 27th home-opener win and the seventh under head coach Jeff Nelson. No. 2 Texas was the Lobo Classic winner, going 3-0 on the weekend with three straight sweeps over Seattle U, New Mexico and UTEP.
HENDERSON, RIDDLE NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Junior transfer Simone Henderson and Chantale Riddle were named to the Lobo Classic All-Tournament Team. Henderson was a huge spark plug in the middle for the Lobos, tallying 17 kills and a .395 hitting percentage for the weekend. Her biggest performance came against No. 2 Texas when she led the Lobos with six kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Chantale Riddle had a slow start but picked things up in the end as she led the team in kills for the weekend, tallying 21 total kills. Riddle was known this weekend for her huge block on the right side as she averaged 1.89 blocks per set, totaling 17 on the weekend. No. 2 Texas Pilar Victoria was the tournament’s MVP. She collected 32 kills with a .308 hitting percentage on the outside. She averaged four kills per set and picked up 23 digs.
RIDDLE ON PACE FOR ALL-TIME KILL LEADER
Senior Chantale Riddle is on pace to break the all-time kill record. The record is currently held by Tania Gooley, who played from 1991-94 and tallied a total of 1,579 kills in her career. Riddle started the season with 1,182 and after the opening weekend and collecting a total of 21 kills in the three matchs, Riddle moves up to 1,203 total career kills. She is averaging 2.33 kills per set this season.
JOHNSON TALLIES DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Redshirt junior Hannah Johnson put up two double-doubles at the Lobo Classic. She collected 26 assists and 12 digs in the Lobos’ 3-0 win over Seattle U. Against No. 2 Texas she had 22 assists and 11 digs in the 3-0 loss. Last season, Johnson had a total of 17 double-doubles with her high of total assists at 52 on two occasions and high of 16 digs on three occasions.
LOBOS IN AVCA POLL
The 2014 Lobos received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll for the second time this season. They received a total of five votes this week to the nine they had in th preseason poll. The four Lobo opponents that were ranked in the preseason poll also are on the list. No. 2 moved into No. 3 in the nation, while Colorado State moved up to No. 13 and Hawai’i moved back to No. 20. In the preseason poll, Oregon was just receiving votes but after going 3-0 on its home turf they are ranked No. 22.
NELSON ON PACE FOR 400th WIN
Head coach Jeff Nelson picked up his 300th career win on November 27, 2009 and is on pace in 2014 to pick up his 400th win. His 300th win was a 3-1 win at New Orleans. Before the season started, Nelson was 22 wins away from the 400 mark, but with two wins at the Lobo Classic, Nelson is now 20 wins away.