Sept. 23, 2007
Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
at San Diego Monday, Sept. 24 8 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion San Diego, Calif.
vs. TCU Friday, Sept. 28 6:30 p.m.
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Lobos on Television: Friday's match against TCU will be tape delayed on The mtn. at 8:30 p.m.
Against San Diego: This will be only the fourth meeting between the two schools. USD holds a 2-1 series lead. The last time the Lobos were in San Diego was Sept. 12, 1984. UNM won the match, 3-1. The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 19, 1998, a 3-0 USD win in Albuquerque.
Against TCU: The Lobos and Horned Frogs have only met six times coming into the season with UNM holding a 5-1 series lead. The two teams split last season's home-and-home series.
Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team continues Mountain West Conference action in Utah next week. UNM will face Utah on Oct. 5 and BYU on Oct. 6. Match times are set for 7 p.m.
Johnson Center Golden Jubilee ... UNM will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Johnson Center on Friday, Sept. 28, during the Lobo volleyball match against TCU. A reception will precede the match at 4:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym of the Johnson Center. UNM President David Schmidly and Vice President-Athletics Paul Krebs will be joined by special guests at the second game intermission for an anniversary cake-cutting.
Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-2 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.
Jam Johnson Night ... on Friday, Sept. 21, produced the largest crowd of the season - 1,083 loud and rowdy fans. As the season progresses, the Lobos will continue to hold special promotions to encourage more fan participation, including Lobo League Night on Friday, Oct. 12, against San Diego State.
SAN DIEGO IN 2007: The Toreros, under the direction of head coach Jennifer Petrie, are currently ranked No. 15 in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. USD is currently 9-4 on the season, following Friday night's 3-1 win over UC Irvine. Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot leads the Toreros with 4.39 kills per game, while sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi leads the team with 4.92 digs per game. Two setters split time for USD, junior Jessica Nyrop (8.10 assists per game) and freshman Kelsi Myers (6.95 apg).
UNM-USD CONNECTION: Lobo assistant coach Jackie Bernardin graduated for USD in 2006 as one of the top back-row specialists in West Coast Conference history. Bernardin recorded 1,402 digs in three seasons for the Toreros. She was also a two-time all-WCC first team selection. Also, junior Jeanne Fairchild spent her first season of collegiate ball as a Torero. Fairchild was named to the WCC all-freshman team in 2005.
UNM Category USD 11-3 Record 9-4 .222 Hitting % .254 .147 Opp Hit % .189 14.62 Kills/G 13.54 13.29 Assists/G 12.18 2.57 Blocks/G 1.60 1.65 Aces/G 1.80 14.31 Digs/G 14.54
Top Individuals UNM USD Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .241, Rose Morris (90-36-224) .378, Laurel Abrahamson(190-47-378) Kills/G: 4.74, Jeanne Fairchild 4.39, Amy DeGroot Assists/G: 6.50, Jade Michaelsen 8.10, Jessica Nyrop Aces/G: 0.43, Kerri Beck 0.28, Erin Wiskar Blocks/G: 1.09, Anna Lehne 1.12, Laurel Abrahamson Digs/G: 4.58, Gayle Tripp 4.92, Andrea Csaszi Points/G: 5.23, Jeanne Fairchild 4.91, Amy DeGroot
TCU IN 2007: The Horned Frogs, under the direction of Prentice Lewis, will face Texas State on Tuesday, Sept. 25, before heading to Albuquerque on Friday. TCU is currently 15-2 overall and 2-1 in the MWC. The Horned Frogs are led by sophomores Kourtney Edwards and Lauren Otto with 3.56 and 3.53 kills per game, respectively. Setter Nirelle Hampton averages 11.35 assists per game, while defensive specialist Callie Corley averages 4.94 digs per game.
TEAM COMPARISONLAST TIME OUT ...
UNM Category TCU 11-3 Record 15-2 .222 Hitting % .272 .147 Opp Hit % .161 14.62 Kills/G 15.56 13.29 Assists/G 14.24 2.57 Blocks/G 2.48 1.65 Aces/G 1.85 13.31 Digs/G 17.69
Top Individuals UNM TCU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .241, Rose Morris (90-36-224) .404, Kourtney Edwards (221-51-421) Kills/G: 4.74, Jeanne Fairchild 3.56, Kourtney Edwards Assists/G: 6.50, Jade Michaelsen 11.35, Nirelle Hampton Aces/G: 0.43, Kerri Beck 0.44, Nirelle Hampton Blocks/G: 1.09, Anna Lehne 1.32, Kourtney Edwards Digs/G: 4.58, Gayle Tripp 4.94, Calli Corley Points/G: 5.23, Jeanne Fairchild 4.37, Kourtney Edwards
Sept. 20, vs. Air Force, W, 3-0
It might have been Military Appreciation Night at the Johnson Center, but on the court the University of New Mexico volleyball team grounded the Air Force Academy, 30-8, 30-7, 30-19. The Lobos (10-3, 1-1 MWC) quickly built leads in each game keeping the Falcons (7-8, 0-2 MWC) on the defensive the whole match. In Game One, the Lobos got long service holds by Lisa Meeter, Kerri Beck and Kelsi Phillips. Phillips, a freshman defensive specialist, held serve from 17-7 to 29-7. Game Two saw much of the same with long service holds by Anna Lehne, Melissa Middleton, and Meeter. Lehne took the Lobos from 1-2 to 14-2, including back-to-back aces. Lehne finished the night with a team-high three aces. Nelson used several reserves in Game Three as the Lobos took a quick 7-0 lead behind three big kills by junior All-America candidate Jeanne Fairchild. Fairchild finished the night with a team-high 14 kills. Meeter recorded her eighth, and fifth consecutive, double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs. Libero Gayle Tripp also had 12 digs on the night to tie the game-high. Setter Jade Michaelsen had a team-high 20 assists.
Sept. 21 vs. Wyoming, W, 3-0
The University of New Mexico volleyball team ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming this evening, beating the Cowgirls, 30-27, 30-25, 34-32. The Lobos improve to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action. In Game One both teams battled through sloppy attacks with neither team giving up more than a two-point advantage. Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild gave the Lobos their first three-point lead at 25-22 on a kill. Wyoming closed to within one at 26-25, but New Mexico held on with two big kills by sophomore outside hitter Rose Morris for the win. Game Two saw the teams battle again out of the gate to 12-12. Back-to-back kills by junior Kerri Beck, an ace by Fairchild, and a kill by Morris built a 16-12 lead for UNM. The Lobos continued to build the lead, getting three big kills by sophomore Anna Lehne to get the lead to 25-15. Wyoming did not let up closing to within four at 29-25, then had an attack error for the UNM win. The Cowgirls to the lead in Game Three, 10-9, and looked like they were going to force a Game Four as they built up to a 23-18 lead. But the Lobos got a strong offensive effort from Fairchild, Morris, Jade Michaelsen, and Lisa Meeter and evened the score at 28. Wyoming took the lead two more times, the last at 32-31. Lehne evened the score with a kill at 32, followed by an attack error by the Cowgirls for the 33-32 Lobo lead. Junior Joelle Ingram made her only kill of the night count as she pounded in the match-winner. The Johnson Center crowd of 1,083 was instrumental in the Lobo win. It was the largest and loudest crowd, to date, of the 2007 season. Fairchild led the Lobos with 17 kills, while Meeter recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs. Gayle Tripp led the Lobos with 20 digs. Michaelsen and junior Sarah Kwasigroch split the assists with 25 and 20, respectively.
STREAK IS NOW 1 ... The Lobos ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming on Sept. 21 with a hard fought, 3-0 win.
Lisa Meeter (9) Aug. 25 vs. San Jose State 18 kills-15 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 13 kills-19 digs Sept. 1 vs. Northern Arizona 10 kills-10 digs Sept. 7 vs. Northern Colorado 11 kills-16 digs Sept. 7 vs. Bowling Green 11 kills-10 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 18 kills-14 digs Sept. 15 at Colorado State 12 kills-10 digs Sept. 20 vs. Air Force 11 kills-12 digs Sept. 21 vs. Wyoming 14 kills-16 digsNON-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.
Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs
UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage) 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)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 have 86 aces on the season, compared to only 49 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 20 on the season, followed closely by junior Kerri Beck with 18 ... 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 2,432, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 409 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 2,432 2005-present 8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96DIGS 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. She now has 930 career digs, placing her 10th on the career list. She needs just 119 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. Gayle Tripp 930 2005-present 11. Jenny Pavley 912 1995-97 12. Pauline Manser 891 1988-91A FIRST ... The Lobo 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.
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 4-0HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award 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.