Oct. 18, 2011
Lobo Volleyball - On the road in Texas
Who: Lobos at TCU
When/Where: 6 p.m., Friday - Fort Worth, Texas
Who: Lobos at UT-Pan American
When/Where: 1 p.m., Sunday - Edinburg, Texas
GoLobos.com: Game Story, Stats, Quotes, GameTracker (for Air Force)
Against TCU (8-7) ... The Lobos are 8-7 all-time against TCU. UNM lost to TCU, 3-1, earlier this season on Sept. 23 at Johnson Center. Last season, the two teams split matches, as each school swept the other at their respective home gyms.
Against UT-Pan American (1-0) ... The Lobos are 1-0 all-time against UT-Pan American. The only time the two schools met was on Sept. 14, 2002. The Lobos swept UT-Pan American, 3-0, in that match.
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 363 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo. She has 1,432 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.
About New Mexico (10-9, 3-4 MW) ... The Lobos' record is 10-9 after suffering their third-straight loss. The losing streak comes after UNM had put together its most complete match of the season in a 3-0 victory over UNLV on Oct. 6. The Lobos are an inexperienced team still trying to find its identity, but have shown glimpses of brilliance throughout the season. It looked like the Lobos had turned the corner after beating UNLV, but the losses to SDSU, CSU and Wyoming are another setback for the team. At 3-4, UNM can still climb back into the thick of the conference, as the Lobos are one win away from matching the four wins third-place TCU and Wyoming have. Picking up a win this week against TCU will be vital for conference positioning.
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 TCU (17-4, 4-3 MW) ... After getting off to a blazing hot start (16-1), the TCU Horned Frogs have shown they are indeed human. TCU proved conference play is a different animal, as the Horned Frogs have gone 4-3 thus far in the MW. Just like UNM, the Horned Frogs were swept, 3-0, by conference top-dog CSU. Offensively, TCU is paced by Kristen Hester who averages 3.44 kills per set and 4.02 points per set. Sarah Joeckel is also a fantastic libero. She leads the MW in overall digs with 5.37 per set.
About UT-Pan American (5-17, 1-4 GWC) ... The Broncos are currently 5-17 on the season and 1-4 in the Great West Conference. The Broncs are on a three-match losing streak heading into a match with Texas Southern Tuesday night. Offensively, the Broncos are paced by Ijanae Holman who averages 2.38 kills per set.
Blitz Krieg ... True freshman Elsa Krieg had a career day against Wyoming on Oct. 15. The 6-2 middle blocker compiled 15 kills and 16 points (each career highs) in UNM's loss to the Cowgirls. Krieg's career highs come just days after recording career highs in those categories against SDSU on Oct. 9. 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 second on the team in blocks (.63 ps) and third in points (158) and kills (1.86 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 (15.99) and opponent hitting percentage (.163) in the MW. In MW matches alone, the Lobos are second in digs per set (15.80) and opponent hitting percentage (.195) and are third in kills (13.64).
Killin' It ... Ashley Rhoades is currently second in the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 3.96 KPS and 4.66 PPS in MW matches played so far in 2011. 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. The senior currently leads the MW in digs per set during MW matches with 4.84.
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).
Up Next: The Lobos host Boise State and Air Force in a pair of conference matches. Boise State rolls into Johnson Center for a 7 p.m. match on Oct. 27 and Air Force will take on the Lobos at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.