Volleyball Takes On Air Force Friday Before Hosting Alumni Match Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/02/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 2, 2004

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New Mexico (7-15, 1-10 MWC) vs. Air Force (4-17, 0-11)

Albuquerque, N.M. - Johnson Center - Friday, Nov. 5 - 7 p.m.

LOBO LEAGUE APPRECIATION NIGHT (Nov. 5): Wear your uniform (girl/boy scouts, team uniform, public safety uniform, military uniform, school uniform, work uniform, etc.) and get in for only $1.

Alumni Match

Albuquerque, N.M. - Johnson Center - Saturday, Nov. 6 - 7 p.m.

LOBOS TAKE ON AIR FORCE FRIDAY BEFORE HOSTING ANNUAL ALUMNI MATCH SATURDAY - The New Mexico volleyball team (7-15, 1-10 Mountain West) begins a three-match homestand to end the regular season vs. Air Force Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Friday is Lobo League Appreciation Night at the Johnson Center, and all fans wearing a uniform (girl/boy scouts, team uniform, public safety uniform, military uniform, school uniform, work uniform) will get in for only $1.

The Lobos swept the Falcons in Colorado Springs earlier this season (Oct. 8) for their only Mountain West win of the year. UNM will look to make it two in a row over Air Force (4-17, 0-11 Mountain West), who is still looking for their first conference victory of 2004.

New Mexico and Air Force each lost road contests at then-No. 17 Utah and BYU last weekend. The Falcons were swept in their two maches, but the Lobos did take a game from both Utah and BYU. It marked the first time since 1995 that the Lobos have claimed a game over the Cougars.

UNM will host the annual Alumni Match Saturday at 7 p.m. The match features former Lobos going up against this year's team. The format will be a controlled scrimmage with referees. Last year, the Lobos beat the Alumni in four games.


-- Junior Chelsea Sondrup became the all-time leader in New Mexico history in block assists after recording 10 in the Utah match Oct. 2. Sondrup currently has 280 career block assists and now is adding to her all-time record every match - she put down six in last week's action at Utah and BYU. Sondrup's next goal is to become the all-time blocks leader in school history - she is currently seventh on the school charts with 296, 30 behind Linda Archuleta's school record 326. Sondrup is ninth in the Mountain West with 1.15 blocks per game.

-- Junior Nicole Ryan leads the team and is 10th in the Mountain West with 3.22 kills per game. In Mountain West matches, she is also 10th with 3.26 kills per game.

-- Senior Adah Burke is living up to her billing as the top libero in the Mountain West Conference. The preseason All-MWC selection leads the team and is third in the league with 4.19 digs per game. She dug a career-high 32 in the Wyoming match Sept. 24, which is third most in a match in school history and second most in a MWC match.

Freshman Samie Weber leads the team with 100 blocks. Her 96 block assists already rank seventh best in a UNM single-season.

-- Freshman Samie Weber leads the team with 100 blocks (1.23 per game), ranking seventh in the Mountain West. She's also third in conference play with 1.36 per game. Her 96 block assists already rank seventh best in a UNM season.

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-- The Lobos' final three matches of the regular season will be at the Johnson Center. After the Air Force match, UNM hosts UNLV Thursday, Nov. 11 and San Diego State Sunday, Nov. 14.

-- A season-high crowd of 1,015 attended Jam Johnson vs. No. 9 Colorado State in the Lobos' last home match. The Lobos are averaging 488 fans per match after 11 home dates.

-- The Lobos are third in the MWC with 2.90 blocks per game in conference matches. They set a school record with 43 block assists in the Utah match Oct. 2. The Lobos' 22.5 team blocks vs. the Utes are the most of any Mountain West team this season.

-- Although New Mexico lost to BYU in four games last Saturday, the Lobos did take a game from the Cougars for the first time since a 3-0 victory in 1995.

A LOOK AT THE ALUMNI ROSTER: Below is a look at the roster for the Alumni Team for Saturday night's match (as of Nov. 1):

-- #1, Anna Reines, Outside Hitter, 2001-03 (Sixth all-time at UNM with 1,089 kills)

-- #2, Marlo Pennington Maxson, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, 1985-88 (Holds UNM single-match record with 36 digs vs. Iowa on Nov. 19, 1988)

-- #4, Karen Saavedra Warnock, Setter, 1985-88 (Second-team All-American in 1988)

-- #6, Vanessa Shields, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, 1998-2002

-- #6, Mindy Hale, Outside Hitter, 1991-94

-- #10, Blaire Burns, Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist, 1999-02

-- #11, Staci Masten, Right Side, 1999-02

-- #15, Ingrid Roosild, Outside Hitter, 1992-95


LOBOS TAKE GAMES FROM UTAH AND BYU, BUT STILL FALL SHORT ON THE ROAD: The Lobos took a game each from then-No. 17 Utah and BYU on the road last weekend, but still fell in four games to both the Utes and Cougars.

UNM claimed the first game against Mountain West Conference-leader and 17th-ranked Utah in thrilling fashion, 34-32, but the Utes rallied back to win the match in four games Friday, Oct. 29 at Crimson Court on the Utah campus. The Lobos, who nearly upset the Utes Oct. 2 in the Johnson Center after taking them to five games, again jumped out in front in Salt Lake City. UNM pounded 17 kills in winning the first game, 34-32.

Unfortunately for the Lobos, the Utes (17-3, 9-0 MWC) bounced back from the game one loss, and were victorious in the next three games. Utah won game two, 30-18, game three, 30-23, and game four, 30-17.

Monica Meihack produced her fourth double-double of the season by dishing out 35 assists and collecting 10 digs. Nicole Ryan was one dig shy of her second double-double of the season, producing 11 kills and nine digs. Samie Weber also put down 11 kills to go along with six blocks. Defensively, senior Adah Burke dug a match-high 21.

Sophomore Jennifer Heasty

The Lobos had a block party against Utah in their first meeting, collecting a school-record 43 block assists and a season-high 22.5 team blocks. This time around, the Ute front line outblocked the Lobos, 14 to 6.5. Amie Toone registered a match-high seven blocks for Utah, while Lyndsey Henderson and Danielle Leichlieter each had 15 kills.

BYU defeated UNM in four games, 19-30, 30-26, 24-30, 21-30, Saturday, Oct. 30 at Smith Fieldhouse on the BYU Campus.

Chelsea Sondrup and Nicole Ryan led the Lobos with 11 kills each. Sondrup also put down six blocks and hit .429 for the match, while Ryan collected five digs. Jennifer Heasty hit a season-high .381 (10K-2E-21TA) to go along with a match-high seven blocks. Monica Meihack dished out 40 assists and Adah Burke dug a match-high 15.

The Lobos were outmatched in game one, 30-19, but bounced back to take game two, 30-26. The Lobos, who hit .282 in the game, never trailed in claiming the second game. Although UNM hit .306 in the third game, BYU was even better, hitting for a .371 attack percentage in winning the game, 30-24. BYU dominated the fourth and final game, attacking for a .438 percentage in the 30-21 victory.

BYU, which hit .305 for the match, was led by Erica Lott and Linsday Hartsock, who each collected 13 kills.



Friday, Nov. 5 -- 7 p.m. -- Albuquerque, N.M.

Air Force is still looking for its first conference win of the season after dropping its first 11 league matches. The Falcons went 4-6 in non-conference action, defeating Louisiana-Lafayette, Army, Navy and Texas-Pan American. The Falcons were swept last weekend on the road at BYU and Utah.

The Lobos swept the Falcons Oct. 8 in Colorado Springs. UNM leads the overall series, 11-3, and is 5-1 vs. Air Force in Albuquerque.

Kristin Hamlett leads the Air Force offense with 3.33 kills per game. She also leads the team with 0.87 blocks per game. Other team leaders include Carly Siefken (10.59 assists per game) and Jenalee Burke (2.25 digs per game).

HEAD COACH: Penny Lucas-White. Overall record: 164-256 (14th year). Record at Air Force: 69-176 (Ninth year).


-UNM leads, 11-3

-Series streak: UNM won one

-UNM vs. Air Force in Albuquerque: 5-1

-Last UNM win: 10/8/04 in Colorado Springs, 3-0

-Last UNM win in Albuquerque: 10/25/02, 3-0

-Last Air Force win: 10/24/03 in Albuquerque, 3-0

-Last meeting: 10/8/04 in Colorado Springs, UNM won, 3-0


LOBOS GROUND FALCONS WITH CLEAN SWEEP: Several Lobos turned in impressive all-around performances in helping UNM sweep past Air Force in three games, 30-25, 31-29, 30-23, Friday, Oct. 8 at the Cadet East Gym.

Kelly Therkelsen led the UNM offense with 13 kills and only hit two errors for a career-high .524 attack percentage. Nicole Ryan hit .368 with eight kills and just one error, and also collected nine digs and two blocks. Monica Meihack dished out 36 assists and had eight digs and Adah Burke led the defense with 12 digs. Freshman Samie Weber continued her presence on the front line with seven kills and three blocks.

The Lobos led for most of the evening throughout the three games. In the first game, Air Force scored the first point, but after the Lobos quickly tied it at 1, UNM led the remainder of the match. Jennifer Heasty, who collected nine kills in the match and hit a season high .375, put down five in the first game without committing a single error. Therkelsen had four kills in the first game as the Lobos won, 30-25.

The second game was the closest of the match, and the Lobos had to rally late to pull out the 31-29 win. Air Force led the game, which featured seven ties and seven lead changes, 29-28, and was serving for the win. A service error by the Falcons tied the game at 29 apiece, and the Lobos responded to the miscue with a service ace by Ryan and a kill by Chelsea Sondrup to win the game, 31-29.

UNM dominated the third game, leading the entire way en route to the 30-23 victory. The Lobos ended the game on a 15-8 run in putting the Falcons away.


CAUTION - DIGGING AHEAD: Senior Adah Burke is showing why she was named the top libero in the Mountain West Conference in the preseason. Burke is third in the conference with 4.19 digs per game and was named the top libero at the Albquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic (Sept. 17-18). She recorded a career-high 32 digs at Wyoming, which is third most all-time in a UNM match and second all-time in a Mountain West match. In conference matches, Burke is fourth in the league with 4.13 digs per game.

BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH: Junior Chelsea Sondrup is climbing the career charts at UNM in blocks in her third season. Sondrup is seventh all-time with 296 blocks (record: 326) and became the leader in block assists when she recorded 10 vs. Utah Oct. 2. Sondrup currently has 280 career block assists.

This season, she is second on the team with 86 blocks (1.15 per game; ninth in the MWC). Her 49 blocks (1.26 pg) in conference action are eighth in the conference. She earned Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic all-tournament team honors after putting down 11 block assists vs. Weber State, which is the second most in a UNM match.

Sondrup also holds the single-season UNM mark for block assists, as she tallied 131 her freshman year. She also established UNM single-match block (14) and block assists (13) records with her performance against SMU on Sept. 20, 2002.

BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH, Pt. 2: Following in Sondrup's footsteps, freshman Samie Weber has put on an impressive display of blocking in her rookie season. Weber leads the team with 100 blocks (1.23 per game), which is seventh best in the MWC. In conference matches, Weber is third in the MWC with 1.36 blocks per game. Her 96 block assists already ranks seventh best in a UNM season.

Weber collected 11 blocks (one solo, 10 assists) against Utah Oct. 2, tying for the second most ever in UNM match. The Fort Lupton, Colo., product earned all-tournament honors in both the Comcast Lobo Invitational and the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic.

SET ME UP: Senior setter Monica Meihack returns as the starting setter for the third straight year. She is currently sixth all-time in Lobo volleyball history with 2,678 career assists.

Senior Monica Meihack is sixth all-time at UNM in assists.

Meihack collected a double-double in the first match of the year against Northern Colorado, tallying 50 assists and 10 digs. She leads the team with four double-doubles this season.

Meihack dished out a season-high 55 assists vs. UTEP Sept. 18. For the season, she has recorded at least 50 assists on five occasions. Meihack, a Fallon, Nev., native, is sixth in the Mountain West with 10.20 assists per game.

FROM THE BEACH TO THE DESERT: Junior outside hitter Nicole Ryan transferred to UNM this season after playing for Golden West Community College in California last year. She led the Rustlers to a perfect 22-0 season in 2003 and is looking to bring some of that magic to the Lobos in 2004. Ryan displayed her winning mentality in the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic, leading the Lobos to a perfect 3-0 record. She was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 4.00 kills per game and 1.42 blocks per game, all while hitting at a .339 clip.

Ryan currently leads the team with 3.22 kills per game, which ranks 10th in the Mountain West. Her numbers are even better in conference matches, as she is also 10th in the league with 3.26 kills per game. She put down a season-high 22 kills at Wyoming Sept. 24.

THERKELSEN SHOWING IMPROVEMENT: Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen has shown dramatic improvement in her second season as a Lobo. She is second on the team with 2.86 kills per game (17th in Mountain West), which is an improvement over last year's 1.72 kpg. Therkelsen earned Comcast Lobo Invitational all-tournament team honors the first weekend of the season, and the following week she earned all-tournament accolades at the Delaware Invitational after recording a career-high 25 kills against George Washington. In the Oct. 8 win over Air Force, Therkelsen hit for a career-high .524 (13K-2E-21TA) with a team-high 13 kills.

HEASTY BRINGS EXPERIENCE TO THE FRONT LINE: Sophomore outside/middle Jennifer Heasty is one of five starters returing to the lineup this season for UNM. Heasty led the Lobos in 2003 in hitting percentage and is very versatile around the net. Thus far in the conference season, she has displayed her blocking ability, racking up 52 in 11 matches (1.33 pg) to tie for fifth best Mountain West. Heasty put down a career-high 11 blocks against Utah Oct. 2.

LIVE FROM BUDAPEST: Junior transfer Gabriella Veres, a native of Budapest, Hungary, made her Divison I debut against Creighton Sept. 4. She also saw action at Air Force Oct. 8. Veres has played on the Hungarian Junior National Team and was a member of the PRSC Division II junior championship team in 2003 (21-under) and the PRSC Division II championship team in 2004 (all ages).

BRINGING A LOCAL FLAVOR TO THE LOBOS: Two freshmen on the team this season, Laura Conklin and Jessica Hezekiah, hail from Albuquerque. Conklin is a defensive specialist who has seen action in 65 games this season and is averaging 1.02 digs per game. Hezekiah has played in eight games.