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Lobo Volleyball puts undefeated start to test at New Mexico State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/03/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 3, 2007

New Mexico State Game Notes
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Match #8 - at New Mexico State (5-1)
Tuesday, Sept. 4 • 7 p.m.
Pan American Center • Las Cruces, N.M.
Comcast Channel 53

Live Stats and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Against New Mexico State (5-1): This will be the 59th meeting between the Lobos and New Mexico State. NMSU holds a 35-23 lead in the series. The Aggies have won the last eight meetings between the two teams. Tuesday night's match will be the kickoff of the 2007-08 Rio Grande Rivalry presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel. The winner picks up 1.5 points toward the all-sports traveling trophy.

Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team hosts the Comcast Lobo Invitational, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8. Action begins at 10:45 a.m. between Bowling Green and Gonzaga. UNM will play Northern Colorado at 1 p.m.

QUICK HITS • Best Start In A While ... At 7-0, the Lobos are off to its best season start since 1990 ... The 7-0 start ranks fourth-best in program history.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos continue to play strong opponents this week who participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament - New Mexico State. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

• Tournament Honors, Again ... All-America candidate Jeanne Fairchild was named the MVP of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge, her second MVP honor of the season, while junior middle blocker Kerri Beck was also named to the all-tourney team.

• Looking for No. 250 ... Head coach Jeff Nelson will be working toward career win No. 250 when the Lobos take the court on Tuesday night. With the Lobos' 7-0 start, Nelson is sitting at 249-147.

CIRCLED IN RED ... Not only is Tuesday night's match against New Mexico State a big deal to the two schools, the Phillips family has had it marked as a special match since the day freshman defensive specialist Kelsi Phillips committed to the Lobos ... On the other side of the net will be Kelsi's twin sister, Whitney, an outside hitter for the Aggies ... Kelsi is expected to play Tuesday night after suffering a nose injury on Friday night against Arizona State ... Expect family members to sit as close to the center court line as they can at the Pan American Center.

RIO GRANDE RIVALRY PRESENTED BY ROUTE 66 CASINO HOTEL ... The UNM and NMSU volleyball teams will kickoff a new rivalry tradition between the two schools on Tuesday night.
UNM-NMSU is a rivalry unmatched by few and it dates back to the early days. The first competition began with football on January 1, 1894, which was the Lobos' first competition against another four-year institution. The first basketball game was played on December 22, 1904. The rivalry between the two schools began before the territory of New Mexico became a state in 1912.
The Rio Grande Rivalry encompasses sports for both programs. The Rio Grande Rivalry is a new series starting in the 2007-08 academic year. Head to head competition in every sport will be used on an annual basis. The series is not only for the current student-athletes competing in the sports but also to build school spirit and pride in the alumni and fans of New Mexico who cheer for the Lobos or the Aggies.
The new rivalry series is a points-based system and is awarded to the school with the most points in all competitions. The specific scoring system is listed below for individual and teams sports. The winner of the volleyball match earns 1.5 points for their school.
At the conclusion of annual competitions between the two institutions, the winner of the "Rivalry Series" will receive a rotating trophy bearing the inscription of the annual winners. The winning institution will retain possession of the trophy for a period of one (1) year, until the award presentation the following year.

UNM-NMSU SERIES ... New Mexico State holds a 35-23 lead in the series that dates back to 1975 ... The Aggies hold a 14-8 lead in Las Cruces ... The last time UNM won in Las Cruces was Oct. 25, 1989 (3-0).

HONORING FAIRCHILD ... Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild has been named the Most Valuable Player of each tournament the Lobos have participated in this season - MCM Elegante Lobo Classic and Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge ... An All-America candidate, Fairchild will attempt to make it three in a row when New Mexico hosts the Comcast Lobo Invitational this weekend.

PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship.

ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge.

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with three so far this season ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch follows close with two.

Lisa Meeter (3)	Aug. 25	San Jose State	18 kills-15 digs
Aug. 31	Arizona State	13 kills-19 digs
Sept. 1	Northern Arizona	10 kills-10 digs
Sarah Kwasigroch (2)	Aug. 24	Florida Atlantic	27 assists-10 digs
Aug. 31	Arizona State	19 assists-16 digs

LOOKING FOR NO. 250 ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 249th career win on Saturday, Sept. 1, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Arizona and the championship of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Nelson gets a chance at No. 250 against in-state rival New Mexico State on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Las Cruces.

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos are on a tear from the service line with 55 aces on the season, the most by any team in the Mountain West Conference by 10 total aces ... Kerri Beck and Lisa Meeter lead the team with 11 each on the season ... Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a junior transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.

ASSISTS BY SARAH ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the UNM list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,098 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,250, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 591 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.

UNM Career Assists
1. Janelle Tores	3,794	1996-99
2. Alicia Bergmann	3,283	1992-95
3. Sharon Browning	3,214	1989-92
4. Jocelyn Funk	3,153	1983-86
5. Karen Saavedra-Warnock	2,845	1985-88
6. Monica Meihack	2,840	2002-04
7. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,250	2005-present
8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96

TO BE THE BEST, PLAY THE BEST ... New Mexico will play 11 matches this season against eight opponents who competed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament this season. So far, the Lobos are 3-0 against the group with wins over Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State. New Mexico State is up next. San Diego will be the remaining non-conference participant on Sept. 24, while the other three `06 participants are in the Mountain West - BYU, Utah, and Colorado State.

UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos are making history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.

UNM Best Starts
1.	1988	15-0
2.	1986	10-0
1990	10-0
4.	2007	7-0
5.	1989	5-0
6.	1994	4-0
HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the University of New Mexico was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.
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