April 5, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- After a full day of Spring volleyball matches, the Lobos took the time to celebrate the 2009 season at the annual awards banquet on Saturday night at the MCM Elegante. University of New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson recapped the Lobos' 20-10 season and first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1994.
Senior-to-be Lisa Meeter was honored by her teammates with the Cherry-Silver Award (team most valuable player) and the Captains Award (selected by 2009 captains Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris). Meeter received the awards for her play on the court in addition to her leadership on and off the court, in the classroom, and in the community.
Junior-to-be Kelly Williamson earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award. Williamson holds a 3.98 cumulative grade point average, the top gpa on the team. The team, as a whole, was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with a Team Academic Award for the second year in a row, by carrying a 3.51 team grade point average.
The Lobo coaching staff also presented graduating senior Anna Lehne with the Coaches Award, junior-to-be Ashley Rhoades with the Most Improved Award, and 2009 freshman Melissa Rohr with the Top Newcomer Award.
Senior-to-be and two-time team captain Jade Michaelsen was named the first recipient of the Vaughan Realty Company Jeanne Fairchild Endowed Scholarship. Scholarship recipients must carry a minimum 3.00 grade point average, be active in community service and show leadership on the court.
Associate athletics director Janice Ruggiero and UNM Letterman's Association representative Julie Moss presented graduating seniors Lehne, Morris and Allie Suiter with graduation cords and four-year lettermen rings, and introduced the newest group of volleyball letterwinners, Rohr, Rachel Barber, Jackie Rodriguez and Jordan Russell. Ruggiero also presented the team with their NCAA Tournament medallions.
Nelson also presented Lobo Awards to three special supporters of the team. Shannon Mullan, the general manager of the MCM Elegante, was recognized for her support of the program and sponsorship of the Lobos' first home tournament of the season. Fred Rose was recognized for his support of the Lobo volleyball program. Rose can be seen cheering during every match from behind the Lobo home bench. Marc Swindle was recognized for his years of service as the Lobos' volunteer assistant coach. Swindle is now an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy.