Oct. 11, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos are back on the road as they face off against conference opponents Colorado State and Wyoming. UNM faces CSU at 6 p.m. MT on Thursday and Wyoming at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday. The Lobos match against CSU will can be seen on the MountainWest Sports Network. CSU currently sits atop the MW rankings with a 4-1 record and Wyoming at 3-2 is part of a four-way tie for second place along with the Lobos.
Follow Along ... UNM's match with CSU will be Broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network. It can be found on Ch. 276 on Comcast and Ch. 616 on Direct TV. GameTracker also will be available for both matches through GoLobos.com.
Against CSU (22-42) ... The Lobos are 22-42 all-time against CSU. UNM has performed better against CSU at home, compiling a 12-16 record against the Rams. The Lobos are just 8-22 when making the trip to Fort Collins, Colo. The last time the Lobos beat the Rams in Fort Collins was Oct. 7, 1994. The Lobos won that match, 3-2.
Against Wyoming (30-34) ... The Lobos are 30-34 all-time against Wyoming. The Lobos are 11-18 in matches in Laramie, Wyo., and are 16-14 at home against the Cowgirls. UNM has won six-straight against Wyoming heading into Saturday's match.
Up Next: The Lobos travel to the state of Texas to face off against conference foe TCU at 6 p.m. MT on Oct. 21 in Fort Worth. UNM will also match up against UT-Pan American at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 in McAllen, Texas.
About New Mexico (10-7, 3-2 MW) ... The Lobos' record is 10-7 after suffering a heartbreaking conference loss to SDSU at home Oct. 9. The loss comes just a match after UNM had put together its most complete match of the season in a 3-0 victory over UNLV. The Lobos are an inexperienced team still trying to find its identity, but have showed glimpses of bril- liance throughout the season. It looked like the Lobos had turned the corner after beating UNLV, but the loss to SDSU was definitely another setback. At 3-2, UNM is still in good shape in the conference, as the Lobos are tied with four teams for second place. Picking up wins this week will be vital for conference positioning.
About CSU (11-4, 4-1 MW) ... Colorado State enters its match with UNM after suffering a shocking conference loss to Wyoming. Despite winning the first two sets, the No. 23, at the time, Colorado State Rams fell to the Wyoming Cowgirls, 3-2, (25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 16-18). The Rams are 11-4 overall and are 4-1 in the MW this season. CSU had been ranked in the top 25 all season, but the loss to Wyoming dropped the Rams out of the top 25. CSU is still receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches poll and currently sits atop the MW standings.
About Wyoming (13-7, 3-2 MW) ... Wyoming is coming off a huge conference victory over Colorado State. The Cowgirls beat the Rams, 3-2, in five sets (15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 18-16). Outside hitter Jodi Purdy was named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 3-9. Purdy recorded 15 kills and 18 digs in a 3-1 win at Northern Colorado. Against Colorado State on Saturday in Laramie, Purdy recorded 16 kills and a career-high 21 digs as the Cowgirls beat CSU for the first time since 1997.
LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS
- Ashley Rhoades set a new career high in both kills (31) and points (36) in UNM's 3-1 conference victory over Boise State on Oct. 1.
- Senior libero Allison Buck has moved into the top three on the UNM all-time digs list, having recorded 343 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo. She has 1,412 digs overall. Buck set a new career high in digs with 36 in UNM's victory over Delaware on Sept. 17.
- Rhoades and Buck have each been named to four different all-tournament teams this season. The MCM Elegante Classic, the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, the Fiesta Bowl Classic and the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.
Blitz Krieg ... True freshman Elsa Krieg had a career day against SDSU on Oct. 9. The 6-2 middle blocker compiled 14 kills and 14.5 points (each career highs) in UNM's loss to the Aztecs. Krieg continues to improve each time out and looks like she will be an important player in UNM's near future.
Riddle Rising ... Redshirt freshman Chantale Riddle continues to evolve with every match that comes her way. The Roswell, N.M., native is currently third on the team in blocks (.62 ps) points (143) and kills (1.83 ps). The future looks bright for Riddle. The experience she'll gain from playing this season will only continue to help her in her maturation process.
Rhoades Earns MW Player of the Week ... Rhoades led the Lobos to a 2-0 record during the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2011. She hit .500 (11 kills-1 error-19 attempts) in a 3-0 win at Air Force on Sept. 29, adding three blocks, a service ace and a dig on the evening. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Rhoades recorded a league-high 31 kills in a 3-1 win at Boise State. She also had eight blocks and two digs in the match.
Rhoades' 31 kills and 36 points are the most recorded by any MW player this season. The fact that she was able to put up those numbers in a conference match on the road is incredible.
Her 31 kills rank as the fourth-most ever recorded in a MW match, moving her ahead of CSU's Jaime Strauss who had 30 kills at BYU in 2007. It is also tied for the third most kills ever recorded in UNM history. Pauline Manser had 31 kills against San Jose State on Oct. 5, 1990.
Lobos in the Mountain West ... The Lobos currently rank second in overall digs (16.41) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.148) in the MW. In MW matches alone, the Lobos are best in digs (16.68) per set, best in opponent hitting percentage (.162), second in blocks (2.47), third in assists (12.89) and third in kills (13.84).
Killin' It ... Ashley Rhoades is currently second in the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 4.11 KPS and 4.89 PPS in MW matches played so far in 2011. She set a career single-game high for kills with 31 against Boise State on Oct. 1.
Digging for Gold ... Allison Buck set a new career-high in digs with 36 in UNM's win over Delaware Sept. 17 at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic. The senior currently leads the MW in digs per set during MW matches with 5.32.
Double-Double Animal Style ... Senior Kelly Williamson and sophomore Mariah Agre lead the Lobos this year in double doubles recorded. Agre is tops on the team with ten, while Williamson has six. The Lobos are 6-6 on the season when a player records a double double.
Homegrown Lobos ... Almost half of the 15 players on the UNM roster are local New Mexicans. Seven current Lobos played at high schools in the state of New Mexico. Ashley Rhoades, Chelsea McCampbell and Jayla Trombley all played at Rio Rancho HS, Chantale Riddle (Roswell HS), Jordan Russell (Moriarty HS), Ashley Newman (St. Pius X) and Miquella Lovato (Pojoaque HS).