Nov. 22, 2011
Lobo Volleyball - On the Road - Final match of the 2011 season
Who: Lobos at Long Beach State
When/Where: 8 p.m., Saturday - Long Beach, Calif.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Univeristy of New Mexico Volleyball team ends its season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in Long Beach, Calif., as the Lobos face No. 23 ranked Long Beach State.
About New Mexico (14-14, 6-8 MW) ... The Lobos' just wrapped up conference play in the Mountain West. UNM finished fifth in the conference during the regular season and was defeated by Wyoming, 3-1, in the opening round of the MW championship tournament on Nov. 18. The Lobos have an overall record of 14-14 heading into their final match of the season at Long Beach State.
The Lobos are a young team that has experienced growing pains throughout the season. This season hasn't gone the way the Lobos expected, but they can still finish with a winning record with a victory over No. 23 Long Beach State.
Last season, the Lobos made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. The Lobos hadn't made it to two consecutive postseasons since they did it in the 1993, `94 seasons, which happened to be the end of a five-year postseason run that spanned from 1990-94, and was subsequently the last time the Lobos were in the NCAA Tournament. With the appearance in 2009, the Lobos broke a drought of 14 years between trips to the national post-season. With last year's postseason berth, UNM now has nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1981, `88, `90, `91, `92, `93, `94, `09, 2010)
About No. 23 Long Beach State (20-6, 14-2 Big West) ... The 49ers (20-6, 14-2) are currently riding a 12-match winning streak after defeating UC Irvine, 3-1, in their final con- ference match of the season. The 49ers have won the Big West regular season champion- ship and look primed to make their 25th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after such a great regular season. The 49ers are led by sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Hampton. The 6-foot-6 Hunnington Beach native leads Long Beach State in both kills (296) and blocks (156).
Against Long Beach State (0-7) ... The Lobos are 0-7 all-time against Long Beach State. This will be the first time the Lobos have faced Long Beach State since Sept. 6, 2001. UNM lost that match 3-0 at Long Beach.
LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS
- Ashley Rhoades currently leads the MW in both kills and points per set. The senior is averaging 3.89 kills and 4.52 points per set this season. The native New Mexican leads UNM with 408 kills on the season. It is the first time Rhoades has recorded over 400 kills in any season during her career.
- Senior libero Allison Buck recently became UNM's all-time career digs leader. Buck moved ahead of former Lobo Gayle Tripp to claim the top spot. Buck currently has 1,615 digs with one match remaining in her career.
- Kelly Williamson was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District First Team on Nov. 10. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is studying Conservation Biology.
- Rhoades, Williamson and Buck were all named to the All-Mountain West Volleyball team. Buck also received the designated libero honor.
- Buck is just five digs shy of recording the fifth-best season in Mountain West history. She currently sits at 546 digs with one match remaining this season. If she gets five digs she will pass Camille Cunningham of UNLV, who recorded 550 digs in 2008.
UNM lands three on all-conference team ... The Lobos landed three players on the 2011 All-Mountain West Volleyball Team. Allison Buck, Ashley Rhoades and Kelly Williamson were named to the 17-person team that was selected by the league's eight head coaches. It is the fourth year in a row that New Mexico has placed multiple players on the All-MW Team.
Lobos ink two ... Ashley Kelsey of James Campbell High School in Oahu, Hawai'i, and Skye Gullatt of Smoky Hill High School in Denver, Colo., will be the newest additions to the Lobo family starting in 2012.
Rhoades Closing in on Milestones ... Senior Ashley Rhoades recently moved up to No. 4 all-time on UNM's career total blocks list. The senior has 327 blocks, moving her past Linda Archuleta (1980-82, `84). Rhoades is currently No. 4 all time in block assists at UNM with 264. Rhoades also moved into the No. 10 spot all time in block solos with 63. She also surpassed the 900-kill plateau for her career. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native currently has 902 kills for her career after having recorded 408 kills so far this season. It is the first time in Rhoades' career she has recorded over 300 and 400 kills in a season. Rhoades also topped the 1,000 points plateau for her career this season.
Williamson Building on New Career Mark ... Kelly Williamson has set a new personal high for kills in a single-season with 383. She crushed her previous high of 296 kills, which she set last season.
Buck Breaks Single-Season Record ... Allison Buck recently broke the Lobos' all-time single-season record in digs. Currently, Buck sits at 546 digs for the season, which breaks her own previous single-season high of 455 digs. Sharon Browning was the all-time single- season record holder with 499 digs. Browning's record had stood since 1992 until Buck broke it this season. Before obtaining the record, Buck had already recorded the second- best season all time with 455 digs.
Agre Quietly Having Superb Sophomore Season ... Sophomore setter Mariah Agre has consistently been atop the MW in assists this season. She currently ranks No. 3 in assists with a 10.35 assists per set average. She recently went over 1,000 assists on the season and currently sits at 1,087. Agre currently has the 10th best all-time single season mark for assists in UNM history. She passed Sarah Kwasigroch, who recorded 1,068 assists in 2006.
Lobos in the Mountain West ... The Lobos rank second in overall digs (16.42) and second in opponent hitting percentage (.175) in the Mountain West.
Killin' It ... Ashley Rhoades is currently first in the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 3.89 KPS and 4.52 PPS overall. She set a career single-match 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. She also had 36 digs in UNM's loss to Wyoming on Nov. 10. The senior is currently second the MW in digs per set with 5.15.
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 15, while Williamson has six. The Lobos are 7-10 on the season when a player records a double double.