Nov. 9, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (8-18, 4-10 MWC) conclude their home season on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Johnson Center, hosting TCU (17-12, 5-9). Prior to the national anthem, the team will honor its lone senior, Kelly Therkelsen.
The match will be recorded by the mtn. for telecast next week. It is slated to air on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m. MT and Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. MT. It is the first Lobo volleyball match to ever be broadcast from Johnson Center.
CSTV's GameTracker provideds live stats and is available at www.GoLobos.com for free.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos were undefeated against TCU until they visited the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth on Friday, Oct. 13. That night TCU shut out UNM despite sphomore Jeanne Fairchild's match-leading 13 kills, hitting .360 (13K-4E-25TA). Freshman Allison Suiter hit a team-high .583 on eight kills, one error and 12 attacks. Senior Kelly Therkelsen and freshman Rose Morris added 10 kills apiece. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 4-1, UNM
Record in Albuquerque: 2-0, UNM
Record in Fort Worth: 2-1, UNM
Record at neutral site: n/a
Record in 3 games: 3-1, UNM
Record in 4 games: n/a
Record in 5 games: 1-0, UNM
Last 5 matches: 4-1, UNM
Last 10 matches: 4-1, UNM
Last UNM win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/13/06 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home loss: n/a
Last UNM road win: 10/8/05 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: 10/13/06 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: n/a
Last UNM season sweep: 2005
Last UNM season swept: n/a
Last UNM shutout win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/13/06 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 4, 1996-2005
Longest UNM losing streak: 1, current
SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS: TCU, 17-12 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West, enters Albuquerque with a five-match losing streak. The Horned Frogs have had limited success on the road, going 3-7 overall and 1-5 in conference matches.
As a team, they tend to average in the middle of the MWC pack. TCU leads the conference in aces (2.11 pg) and is seventh in blocks (2.45 pg). They are fourth in hitting percentage (.232) and digs (15.39 pg) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.197), assists (13.72 pg) and kills (15.09 pg). The Horned Frogs hold better averages than their opponents this season, holding them to a .197 hitting percentage, 13.45 kills, 12.34 assists, 1.43 aces, 14.10 digs and 1.88 blocks per game.
TCU is led by Anna Vaughn, Nirelle Hampton and Calli Corley. Vaughan ranks fourth in the MWC in points (4.45 pg), fifth in hitting percentage (.344), seventh in kills (3.52 pg) and ninth in aces (0.32). Hampton has the fourth-best assists per game average (10.94) and second best aces per game average (0.40). Corley is third in the MWC in digs (4.56 pg).
FAIRCHILD FIRST LOBO NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild earned Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week accolades on Monday, marking her first career weekly honor. This is also the first player of the week honor for a New Mexico volleyball player since the inception of the MWC in 1999.
Fairchild, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, helped the Lobos to a 1-1 record in conference play last week, including a 3-1 upset win over 18th-ranked BYU. The win over the Cougars was the first for UNM since 1995. Against BYU, Fairchild put down a career-high 24 kills and a career-best 11 digs, marking her first career double-double. She added one solo block and two service aces vs. the Cougars. In a four-game loss to ninth-ranked and league leader Utah, she recorded 21 kills, eight digs and two total blocks. With her 21 kills vs. the Utes, Fairchild became just the fifth player this season (third player in the league) to tally 20 or more kills vs. Utah, one of the nation's top defensive teams.
On the week, Fairchild averaged 5.62 kills, 2.38 digs, 0.38 blocks per game, while hitting .277, which is over .100 points over her season average. She accounted for 6.12 points per game for New Mexico.
DOUBLING DOWN ON BYU: Three Lobos recorded double-doubles in the monumental win over then-18th-ranked BYU. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch racked up her fifth of the season on 52 assists and 14 digs. Freshman Rose Morris notched her fourth thanks to 12 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild recorded her first double-double as a Lobo with career-highs in kills (24) and digs (11).
A RECORD WIN FOR THE BOOKS: Friday, Nov. 3 the Lobos defeated then-18th-ranked BYU in four games, snapping a 23-match losing streak that dated back to Oct. 13, 1995. The win was the first for head coach Kelley McKee in her career against the Cougars, dropping the first 10 contests.
ONE IS THE LUCKIEST NUMBER THAT THE LOBOS NEED: Of the eight UNM wins this season, the first game has been the most vital to the team's success. The Lobos have won game one seven of the eight times they earned a victory on the court. However, in three of the team's 18 losses, they 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 383 digs this season. That mark currently leaves her in fourth place, needing 47 to take over third and 57 to take over second. 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 move up as the Lobos have just three guaranteed matches remaining.
ON THE HORIZON: Senior Kelly Therkelsen has already placed herself in the career blocking records but she has other records on the horizon. She moved into ninth place for attacks last weekend, increasing her total to 2,469. She is 14 kills and 23 points from making the top-10, currently posting 905 and 1150.5. 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 18 games and four matches to make the top-10.
Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch, currently ninth in career assists with 2029, needs 68 more to take over eighth. With a 10.57 assists per game average this season, she should accumulate them in the opening round of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nov. 22-25.