Sept. 19, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (4-8, 0-1 MWC) hit the road for the first time in Mountain West Conference play, visitng the Colorado State Rams (5-6, 0-2 MWC) Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by the Air Force Falcons (1-9, 0-2 MWC) Saturday night at 7 p.m. All three teams will be looking to end losing streaks as the Rams have lost two straight, the Lobos three straight and the Falcons eight straight.
CSTV's GameTracker is available for free on UNM's official athletic website, www.GoLobos.com, for the match at Colorado State. For access, click on the link provided on the front page schedule.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos snapped an 18-match losing streak to Colorado State last year with a 3-1 win on UNM's home court. However, the Rams topped the Lobos in Fort Collins and Las Vegas to take the season series 2-1. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 33-21, Colorado State
Record in Albuquerque: 12-11, CSU
Record in Fort Collins: 17-8, CSU
Record at neutral site: 4-2, CSU
Record in 3 games: 21-7, CSU
Record in 4 games: 9-8, CSU
Record in 5 games: 4-3, UNM
Last 5 matches: 4-1, CSU
Last 10 matches: 9-1, CSU
Last UNM win: 10/22/05 (3-1)
Last UNM loss: 11/24/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/22/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 10/22/04 (3-0)
Last UNM road win: 10/7/94 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: 11/18/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 9/10/82 (2-0)
Last UNM neutral loss: 11/24/05 (3-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1994
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 11/12/94 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 11/24/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 6, 10/14/89-11/8/91
Longest UNM losing streak: 18, 9/23/95-11/18/04
The Lobos hold a four-match win streak over Air Force. Of the last 10 matches, only one has gone five games. Below is the series breakdown:
Record in Albuquerque: 7-1, UNM
Record in Colorado Springs: 6-2, UNM
Record at neutral site: 1-0, UNM
Record in 3 games: 7-3, UNM
Record in 4 games: 4-0, UNM
Record in 5 games: 3-0, UNM
Last 5 matches: 4-1, UNM
Last 10 matches: 8-2, UNM
Last UNM win: 11/11/05 (3-1)
Last UNM loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/5/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Last UNM road win: 11/11/05 (3-1)
Last UNM road loss: 9/26/03 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 11/24/99 (3-2)
Last UNM neutral loss: n/a
Last UNM season sweep: 2005
Last UNM season swept: 2003
Last UNM shutout win: 11/5/04 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 8, 11/12/99-10/25/02
Longest UNM losing streak: 2, 9/26/03-10/24/03
SCOUTING THE RAMS: Colorado State, 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the MWC, hosts the Lobos after a rough opening weekend to conference play. The Rams fell to 19th-ranked BYU and 21st-ranked Utah. They hold wins over Morgan State, Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic, James Madison and American.
The Rams, who returned four starters from last year's team that finished second in the MWC and made the NCAA Tournament, sit eighth in the conference currently. Offensively Colorado State is stronger than their opponents but statistically are almost evenly matched with their competitors on defense. The Cowgirls are hitting .212 with 14.60 kills, 13.24 assists and 1.43 aces per game while holding their opponents to averages of .188, 13.88, 12.76 and 1.24, respectively. They are averaging 13.86 digs and 2.48 blocks per game compared to their opponents averages of 13.36 and 2.51, respectively.
Leading CSU is Jaime Strauss, Ashley Fornstrom, Mekana Barnes, Katherine Whitney and Tessa Nelson. Strauss averages a team-high 3.17 kills per game along with 2.57 digs per game. Fornstrom leads the team with 11.76 assists per game and 0.33 aces per game. Barnes holds the team's best hitting percentage, .261, and averages 3.09 kills per game. Whitney averages 2.60 digs per game while Nelson averages 0.98 blocks per game, both team highs.
The Falcons, who returned only two starters and the libero from last year's team that finished ninth in the MWC, still stand at the bottom of the conference. In all statistical categories except blocks, Air Force is dominated by its opponents. The Falcons hold a .039 hitting percentage, averaging 9.47 kills, 8.62 assists, 1.88 aces, 12.22 digs and 1.88 blocks per game. Their opponents have hit .237 and averaged 14.19 kills, 12.56 assists, 2.62 aces, 15.84 digs and 1.80 blocks per game.
Leading Air Force is Kim Kallabis, Jaclyn Fleming, Jocelyn Booker, Rebecca Gerton and Kristina Stewart. Kallabis averages a team-high 5.91 assists per game and is hitting a team-high .263. Stewart leads the team in kills per game (2.27) while Gerton leads the team in aces (0.46 pg). Fleming holds a 3.65 digs per game average and Booker holds a 0.88 blocks per game average, both team highs.
KWASIGROCH SETS INTO RECORD BOOK: Thursday night against Wyoming, sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch dished out 41 assists, bringing her career total to 1,496, the 10th highest total in New Mexico history.
ATOP THE MOUNTAIN WEST: After the first week of conference action, sophomores Jeanne Fairchild, Sarah Kwasigroch and Gayle Tripp along with freshman Anna Lehne have made their appearance on the individual leader board. Fairchild leads the Mountain West in conference only games in kills per game (4.67) and points (5.67 pg) while Kwasigroch tops the MWC in assists per game (13.67). Tripp holds the third best digs per game average at 5.67 while Lehne is third in the MWC in kills (4.00 pg) and blocks (1.50 pg) and fourth in points (4.75 pg).