Lobo Volleyball Begins Mountain West Competition
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/13/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 13, 2007

New Mexico at Colorado State Game Notes
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Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Match #12 - at Colorado State
Saturday, Sept. 15 • 7 p.m.
Moby Arena • Fort Collins, Colo.

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

Against Colorado State: Colorado State leads the series with New Mexico, 35-21. The Lobos will be looking to end a four-match losing skid to the Rams. UNM will also be working to stop a 12-match losing streak in Fort Collins.

Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team continues Mountain West Conference competition by hosting Air Force and Wyoming on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21. Both match times are 7 p.m. at the Johnson Center.


• Career Day ... Against Gonzaga on Saturday, Sept. 8, several Lobos put up career performances ... Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild recorded a career-high 30 kills and 64 attack attempts. She is the first Mountain West Conference student-athlete to have a 30-kill match this season ... Redshirt freshman setter Jade Michaelsen set a career-high with 34 assists on the afternoon ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter tied her career kills mark with 18.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-1 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State, and a loss to No. 28 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 to her third in-season all-tournament team over the weekend for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter. It was the second honor for Meeter. Last week 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. In the first week of the season Fairchild was named MVP of the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, while junior libero Gayle Tripp and Meeter were named to the all-tournament team.

• No. 250 For Nelson ... Head coach Jeff Nelson earned his 250th coaching victory on Friday, Sept. 7 with a 3-1 win over Northern Colorado. Nelson is currently 251-149 in his 13th season as a head coach.

COLORADO STATE IN 2007: The Rams, under the direction of head coach Tom Hilbert, are 6-3 on the season and on a six-match winning streak following Wednesday night's Mountain West opener against TCU in Fort Collins. Junior middle blocker Mekana Barnes was recently named the AVCA National Player of the Week and two-time MWC Player of the Week. She leads CSU with 4.00 kills and 1.63 blocks per game. However, teams can not forget about Jaime Strauss with 3.80 kills per game. Junior Ashley Fronstrom is the Rams' top setter with 13.09 assists per game. Sophomore Katelin Batten leads the defense with 3.86 digs per game


UNM Category CSU 9-2 Record 6-3 .226 Hitting % .291 .157 Opp Hit % .210 14.56 Kills/G 16.71 13.09 Assists/G 15.03 2.59 Blocks/G 3.41 1.79 Aces/G 1.29 13.65 Digs/G 12.69

Top Individuals UNM CSU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .251, Rose Morris (77-29-191) .498, Mekana Barnes (127-25-202) Kills/G: 4.66, Jeanne Fairchild 4.00, Mekana Barnes Assists/G: 6.19, Jade Michaelsen 13.09, Ashley Fornstrom Aces/G: 0.49, Kerri Beck 0.37, Mekana Barnes Blocks/G: 1.17, Kerri Beck 1.72, Mekana Barnes Digs/G: 4.45, Gayle Tripp 3.86, Katelin Batten Points/G: 5.16, Jeanne Fairchild 5.29, Mekana Barnes

A FIRST ... The Lobos win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.

PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish 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 ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.

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. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.

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

Lisa Meeter (6)
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
Sept. 7	Northern Colorado	11 kills-16 digs
Sept. 7	Bowling Green	11 kills-10 digs
Sept. 8	Gonzaga	18 kills-14 digs

Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs

NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos lead the Mountain West Conference in total service aces by 14 ... The Lobos have 77 on the season ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 18 on the season, followed closely by junior Kerri Beck with 17 ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 ... Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a 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 New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,391, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 450 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	2,391	2005-present
	8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into the top-five on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Coming into the season, Tripp had 701 career digs and can quickly move into the top five at her 4.00+ dig per game pace. Now 11 matches into the 2007 season, she has 888 career digs, placing her 12th on thecareer list. She needs just 161 to move all the way into fourth place past Maria Gurreri and Gretchen Gegenfurtner (1,048; 1987-90 & 1993-96).
	UNM Career Digs
	1. Sharon Browning	1,504	1989-92
	2. Tania Gooley	1,113	1991-94
	3. Alicia Bergmann	1,059	1992-95
	4. Maria Gurreri	1,048	1987-90
	    Gretchen Gegenfurtner	1,048	1993-96
	6. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo	1,020	1986-89
	7. Paula Feathers	1,019	1995-98
	8. Nana Allison	1,005	1996-99
	    Janelle Torres	1,005	1996-99
	10. Jenny Pavley	912	1995-97
	11. Pauline Manser	891	1988-91
	12. Gayle Tripp	888	2005-present
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 3-1 against the group with wins over Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State, and a loss to No. 28 New Mexico State. 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 made 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
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-2 non-conference record ranks among the top five in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700 ... UNM has one regular season non-conference match remaining at San Diego on Monday, Sept. 24.
	1.	1986	.875 (14-2)
	2.	1989	.867 (13-2)
	3.	1988	.833 (15-3)
	4.	2007	.818 (9-2)
	5.	1983	.793 (23-6)
	6.	1990	.789 (15-4)
	7.	1992	.688 (11-5)
		1994	.688 (11-5)
	9.	1993	.667 (10-5)
		2005	.667 (8-4)
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.

LAST TIME OUT ... Sept. 7-8, Comcast Lobo Invitational (2-1) The University of New Mexico volleyball team was runner-up in the 2007 Comcast Lobo Invitational with a 3-2 championship match loss to Gonzaga. The Lobos earned wins against Northern Colorado (3-1) and Bowling Green (3-0) to play for the championship. Jeanne Fairchild and Lisa Meeter were named to the Comcast Lobo Invitational all-tournament team. Fairchild became the first MWC player to hit 30 kills in a match this season, a career-high as well, against Gonzaga. Meeter tied her career-high with 18 kills against Gonzaga, while Jade Michaelsen had a career-high 34 assists in the same match.

Thursday, August 20
6:30 PM - 
vs. Cherry vs. Silver
Friday, August 28
8:00 AM - 
at Belmont
3:00 PM - 
at Albany
Saturday, August 29
5:00 PM - 
at Ball State