Oct. 31, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (7-17, 3-9 MWC) host nationally ranked BYU (No. 18) and Utah (No. 9) this weekend at Johnson Center. The Cougars (19-3, 9-2 MWC) visit UNM on Friday, looking to get back on the winning track after a 3-0 loss to Utah last weekend. If BYU wins the 7 p.m. match, they will sweep the season series, taking the first match, 3-1, in Provo. Utah (20-2, 11-0 MWC) brings an 18-match win streak into the weekend, but makes a stop at TCU on Friday, before visiting Albuquerque on Saturday at 7 p.m.. The Utes, who won the Oct. 6 match in Salt Lake City, 3-0, will sweep the season series with a win.
Both matches will be streamed live over the internet on www.GoLobos.com through Lobo All-Access. CSTV's GameTracker is also available on the Lobo's schedule page. Both are free of charge.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos' losing streak was extended to 23 straight on Oct. 7 at Provo, Utah as the BYU Cougars topped New Mexico, 3-1. The Lobos won the opening game before losing the next three. Freshman Rose Morris had a career-high 16 kills and 11 digs, recorded her second career double-double. The Lobos have lost 29 of the last 30. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 59-7, BYU
Record in Albuquerque: 25-4, BYU
Record in Provo: 27-3, BYU
Record at neutral site: 7-0, BYU
Record in 3 games: 31-1, BYU
Record in 4 games: 15-3, BYU
Record in 5 games: 4-3, BYU
Last 5 matches: 5-0, BYU
Last 10 matches: 10-0, BYU
Last UNM win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/7/06 (3-1)
Last UNM home win: 10/26/91 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 9/23/05 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM road loss: 10/7/06 (3-1)
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: 9/18/82 (2-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1991
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/15/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 3, 1988-89
Longest UNM losing streak: 23, current
The Utes have won two straight and 19 of the last 20 matches against the Lobos after a 3-0 win in Salt Lake City on Oct. 6. That night, senior Kelly Therkelsen recorded a team-leading eight kills and two blocks, making her just the fifth Lobo to record 300 career blocks. The Lobos look to win their second consecutive home match against Utah, winning 3-2 on Sept. 24, 2005 to end a 17-match losing streak to the Utes. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 36-27, Utah
Record in Albuquerque: 15-14, UNM
Record in Salt Lake City: 18-9, Utah
Record at neutral site: 4-3, Utah
Record in 3 games: 14-13, UNM
Record in 4 games: 14-9, Utah
Record in 5 games: 8-1, Utah
Last 5 matches: 4-1, Utah
Last 10 matches: 9-1, Utah
Last UNM win: 9/24/05 (3-2)
Last UNM loss: 10/6/06 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 9/24/05 (3-2)
Last UNM home loss: 10/2/04 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 11/22/96 (3-1)
Last UNM road loss: 10/6/06 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 11/27/96 (3-1)
Last UNM neutral loss: 11/15/01 (3-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1996
Last UNM season swept: 2004
Last UNM shutout win: 11/17/95 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/6/06 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 12, 1987-1992
Longest UNM losing streak: 17, 1997-2004
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU (19-3, 9-2 MWC) had a season-high seven match win streak until it ran up against Utah last Friday. The Cougars fell 3-0 in Salt Lake City but raised their ranking in the national polls one spot, sitting 18th.
As a team, BYU leads the conference in hitting percentage at .286. The Cougars rank in the top half of the conference in assists (14.91 pg, 2nd), kills (16.14 pg, 2nd), blocks (3.07 pg, 2nd) and opponent hitting percentage (.181, 4th). They do not fare as well in digs and aces, placing seventh (14.78 pg) and eighth (1.25 pg), respectively, out of nine teams. Compared to their opponents, the Cougars average better numbers in all categories except aces (1.28 pg). Combined, their opponents average a .181 hitting percentage, 14.16 kills, 12.89 assists, 12.61 digs and 2.36 blocks per game.
Individually, BYU has at least one player ranked in every category, except digs, in the conference's top-10. Rachel Dyer and Lindsy Hartsock are one and two, respectively, in the MWC for hitting percentage at .412 and .391. Chelsea Goodman and Erica Lott are also one and two in kills, averaging 4.46 and 4.16, respectively. Amy Schlauder leads the MWC in assists (13.32 pg) while Jenna Judkins comes in fifth at 10.79 pg). Three Cougars, Hartsock, Dyer and Lott, rank in blocks with 1.55 (2nd), 1.20 (8th) and 1.19 (9th), respectively. Goodman also places in aces (0.34, 7th) while Lott comes in at third for points (4.99 pg).
REVIEWING THE UTES: Utah holds a 20-2 record, including an 11-0 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes have won 18 straight, with all but three being completed in three games. The only team to take Utah to five games all year was Wyoming in Laramie on Oct. 14. The Utes currently rank ninth nationally in the CSTV/AVCA Poll.
Arguably the best team in the MWC, Utah leads the conference in lowest opponent hitting percentage (.101), assists (15.08), kills (16.50), blocks (3.86 pg) and win-loss percentage (.909). The Utes place second in the MWC in hitting percentage (.282) and digs (16.82). Their lowing placing is for aces, coming in at third with 1.75 per game. Utah completely dominates its opponents on the court, holding them to averages of 12.50 kills, 11.64 assists, 0.88 aces, 15.58 digs and 2.17 blocks.
Airial Salvo and Emillie Toone stand out for the Utes and the MWC. Salvo leads the conference in aces per game (0.49) while Toone holds a conference-leading 1.94 blocks per game average. Salvo also ranks in the MWC top-10 in points (5.03, 2nd) and kills (4.15, 3rd). Toone also appears on the charts in hitting percentage, taking third with a .375 average. Whitney Webb places in fifth for hitting percentage (.344) and blocks (1.39) and 10th for points (3.82). Lori Baird ranks in two categories, taking third in blocks (1.43) and sixth in hitting percentage (.322). Rounding out the Ute rankings are Sydney Anderson and Connie Dangerfield, placing third in assists (12.15) and fifth in digs (4.27), respectively.
ONE IS THE LUCKIEST NUMBER THAT THE LOBOS NEED: Of the seven UNM wins this season, the first game has been the most vital to the team's success. The Lobos have won game one six of the seven times they earned a victory on the court. However, in three of the team's 17 losses, they have won game one.
TRIPP DIGS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Sophomore Gayle Tripp has dug her way into the program's season record book thanks to her 353 digs this season. That mark currently leaves her in sixth place, needing just two to take over fifth and 20 to take over fourth. With a 4.36 digs per game average, she will need to increase her average or keep her team on the floor for more than three games to take over third, needing 77.
ON THE HORIZON: Senior Kelly Therkelsen has already placed herself in the career blocking records but she has other records on the horizon. Provided she maintains her current season average, she should move into the career top-10 for kills, attacks and points, needing 35, 39 and 49 to place 10th in the respective categories. Therkelsen will need to keep her team on the court for more than three matches and/or make it past the first round of the MWC Tournament for a shot at games and matches played, needing 26 games and six matches to make the top-10.
Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch, currently 10th in career assists with 1930, needs 58 more to take over ninth. With a 10.40 assists per game average this season, she should accumulate those this weekend in the Utah match.