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Lobos Host Air Force and Wyoming in MWC Action
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Release:  09/18/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 18, 2007

Coach Nelson Press Conference Video

New Mexico vs. Air Force/Wyoming Game Notes
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Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Matches #13-14
vs. Air Force
Thursday, Sept. 20 • 7 p.m.
vs. Wyoming
Friday, Sept. 21 • 7 p.m.
Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Against Air Force: New Mexico holds a 17-3 advantage in the series with the Falcons, including a current-win streak of seven.

Against Wyoming: The Cowgirls lead the series with New Mexico, 33-23. The Lobos will be working to end a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming.

Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team wraps up the non-conference portion of the 2007 schedule with a quick trip to nationally-ranked San Diego on Monday, Sept. 24. Match time is 8 p.m. (MDT).

QUICK HITS

• Military Appreciation Night ... Thursday night's match against Air Force will be Military Appreciation Night at the Johnson Center. Fans can get into the match for $1 when they show a military ID at the ticket desk. Tickets are also available for purchase at Kirtland Air Force Base.

• Jam Johnson/Send A Kid To The Game Night ... Fans are encouraged to come out to Friday night's match against Wyoming as the Lobos work to Jam Johnson with a huge, loud crowd. Admission is $2 for all ages. It is also Send A Kid To The Game Night. Members of boys and girls clubs from around the area will be in attendance, thanks to the Lobos donated ticket program.

• On TV ... The Lobos will be on television next Friday night, Sept. 28, against TCU. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. The mtn. will tape delay the match at 8:30 p.m.

• Johnson Center Golden Jubilee ... UNM will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Johnson Center on Friday, Sept. 28, during the Lobo volleyball match against TCU.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-2 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.

AIR FORCE IN 2007: The Falcons, under the direction of head coach Penny Lucas-White, are 7-7 overall and 0-1 in MWC action this season. AFA is led by sophomore outside hitter Katie Batchelder. Batchelder leads the team in kills and digs with 3.33 per game in each category. She also leads the conference in service aces with 0.51 per game.

TEAM COMPARISON

UNM Category AFA 9-3 Record 7-7 .220 Hitting % .175 .166 Opp Hit % .170 14.48 Kills/G 13.54 13.09 Assists/G 12.18 2.55 Blocks/G 1.60 1.67 Aces/G 1.80 13.67 Digs/G 14.54

Top Individuals UNM AFA Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .237, Rose Morris (78-31-198) .316, Nicole Stilwell (112-39-231) Kills/G: 4.68, Jeanne Fairchild 3.33, Katie Batchelder Assists/G: 6.37, Jade Michaelsen 8.23, Kim Kallabis Aces/G: 0.45, Kerri Beck 0.51, Katie Batchelder Blocks/G: 1.13, Kerri Beck 0.79, Nicole Stilwell Digs/G: 4.38, Gayle Tripp 3.33, Katie Batchelder Points/G: 5.17, Jeanne Fairchild 3.94, Katie Batchelder

WYOMING IN 2007: The Cowgirls, under the direction of head coach Pat Stangle, are 6-3 overall and 1-0 in MWC action this season. UW is led by the duo of senior outside hitters Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum. Smith averages 4.49 kills per game and hits .226, while Hellbaum averages 4.31 kills per game and hits .289.

TEAM COMPARISON

UNM Category UW 9-3 Record 6-3 .220 Hitting % .235 .166 Opp Hit % .200 14.48 Kills/G 15.08 13.09 Assists/G 14.00 2.55 Blocks/G 1.41 1.67 Aces/G 1.85 13.67 Digs/G 15.23

Top Individuals UNM UW Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .237, Rose Morris (78-31-198) .289, Angie Hellbaum (168-52-402) Kills/G: 4.68, Jeanne Fairchild 4.49, Rachel Smith Assists/G: 6.37, Jade Michaelsen 12.70, Tasha Weishahn Aces/G: 0.45, Kerri Beck 0.43, Tasha Weishahn Blocks/G: 1.13, Kerri Beck 0.75, Lauren Scott Digs/G: 4.38, Gayle Tripp 3.49, Carissa Lee Points/G: 5.17, Jeanne Fairchild 4.92, Rachel Smith

LAST TIME OUT ... Sept. 15, at Colorado State, L, 0-3
The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough road match at Colorado State, 30-27, 30-25, 30-19 to open Mountain West competition. The Lobos were competitive with the Rams in the first two games, closing the gap on big leads late in each game. Both teams kept the crowd at Moby Arena on the edge of their seats with many long rallies throughout the match. The Rams built an eight-point lead, 25-17, in Game One. With the score 29-23, freshman defensive specialist Kelsi Phillips held serve as the Lobos cut the CSU lead to 29-27, with a big kill by Lisa Meeter and a block by Allie Suiter, both from Colorado. Fairchild had eight of her team-high 15 kills in Game One to keep UNM in the hunt. Colorado State built a quick seven-point lead, 11-4, to begin Game Two. The Lobos battled back with kills by Fairchild keeping UNM within one at 23-22 and 24-23. Freshman Taylor Hadfield also had a kill late to keep it within one, 25-24. But CSU had some big kills to build back the lead and the win. In Game Three, the Rams took a double-digit lead for the first time of the match, 16-5, and kept the Lobos at arms length to win the match. In addition to 15 kills from Fairchild, Meeter recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs.

A FIRST ... The Lobos win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.

PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.

ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with seven this season ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch follows close with three.

Lisa Meeter (6)
Aug. 25	vs. San Jose State	18 kills-15 digs
Aug. 31	at Arizona State	13 kills-19 digs
Sept. 1	vs. Northern Arizona	10 kills-10 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Northern Colorado	11 kills-16 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Bowling Green	11 kills-10 digs
Sept. 8	vs. Gonzaga	18 kills-14 digs
Sept. 15	at Colorado State	12 kills-10 digs

Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs
NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 77 aces on the season ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 18 on the season, followed closely by junior Kerri Beck with 17 ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 ... Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.

ASSISTS BY SARAH ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,399, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 442 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.

	UNM Career Assists
	1. Janelle Tores	3,794	1996-99
	2. Alicia Bergmann	3,283	1992-95
	3. Sharon Browning	3,214	1989-92
	4. Jocelyn Funk	3,153	1983-86
	5. Karen Saavedra-Warnock	2,845	1985-88
	6. Monica Meihack	2,840	2002-04
	7. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,399	2005-present
	8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96

DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into the top-five on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Coming into the season, Tripp had 701 career digs and can quickly move into the top five at her 4.00+ dig per game pace. Now 12 matches into the 2007 season, she has 898 career digs, placing her 11th on thecareer list. She needs just 151 to move all the way into fourth place past Maria Gurreri and Gretchen Gegenfurtner (1,048; 1987-90 & 1993-96).

	UNM Career Digs
	1. Sharon Browning	1,504	1989-92
	2. Tania Gooley	1,113	1991-94
	3. Alicia Bergmann	1,059	1992-95
	4. Maria Gurreri	1,048	1987-90
	    Gretchen Gegenfurtner	1,048	1993-96
	6. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo	1,020	1986-89
	7. Paula Feathers	1,019	1995-98
	8. Nana Allison	1,005	1996-99
	    Janelle Torres	1,005	1996-99
	10. Jenny Pavley	912	1995-97
	11. Gayle Tripp	898	2005-present
	12. Pauline Manser	891	1988-91

UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos made history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.

	UNM Best Starts
	1.	1988	15-0
	2.	1986	10-0
		1990	10-0
	4.	2007	7-0
	5.	1989	5-0
	6.	1994	4-0

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-2 non-conference record ranks among the top five in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700 ... UNM has one regular season non-conference match remaining at San Diego on Monday, Sept. 24.

	UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage)
	1.	1986	.875 (14-2)
	2.	1989	.867 (13-2)
	3.	1988	.833 (15-3)
	4.	2007	.818 (9-2)
	5.	1983	.793 (23-6)
	6.	1990	.789 (15-4)
	7.	1992	.688 (11-5)
		1994	.688 (11-5)
	9.	1993	.667 (10-5)
		2005	.667 (8-4)

HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.

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