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Lobo Volleyball Starts 3-Match Road Trip In Utah
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/06/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 6, 2009

  • Game Notes - at BYU and Utah

    Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
    Matches 17-18
    at BYU • October 8 • 7 p.m. (MT)
    Smith Fieldhouse • Provo, Utah
    at Utah • october 10 • 1 p.m. (MT)
    Crimson Court • Salt lake City, Utah

    This Week ... The Lobos (11-5, 3-2 MWC) heads out on the road to play at BYU on Thursday, Oct. 8 and at Utah on Saturday, Oct. 10. Thursday's match at BYU will be televised live on BYU-TV (Comcast Channell 289), then replayed on The Mtn. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.

    Following The Lobos On The Road ... Fans can follow GameTracker links on the GoLobos.com front page Events schedule and the Schedule link at the top of the Lobo Volleyball GoLobos.com page. UNM volleyball media relations director Judy Willson will Twitter during road matches - follow along at http://twitter.com/jwillson10.

    Next Week ... The Lobos stay on the road for a match at New Mexico State in the next round of the Rio Grande Rivalry on Tuesday, Oct. 13. UNM will return home on Saturday, Oct. 17 against UNLV.

    Road Trip!! ... If fans are interested in making the trip to Las Cruces on Oct. 13 with the Lobo volleyball team, call Jordie Hadfield at (505) 277-0102.

    QUICK HITS

    • Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 22nd in the nation with an attendance average of 1,500 fans this season. It is the first time that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first nine matches of the season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high so far in 2009 is 2,338 vs. San Diego State on Oct. 1. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 14th overall with an average of 1,913 fans per match.

    • Spreading The Offense ... Lobo fans were used to seeing 2008 All-American Jeanne Fairchild pick up close to five kills per set. Now UNM is spreading the offense around. Five Lobos are averaging over 2.00 kills per set in 2009. Senior Rose Morris jumped into the lead at 2.61, followed by junior Taylor Hadfield at 2.56. Junior Lisa Meeter sitts at 2.46. Sophomore Ashley Rhoades leads the team with a .357 attack percentage, while getting 2.32 kps. Senior Anna Lehne is at 2.21 per set with a .311 attack percentage.

    • Mark Your Calendars (Only 5 Home Matches Left) ... Cherry Crush is set for Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 24 ... Think Pink, breast cancer awareness night, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5.

    Rhoades Named MWC Co-Player of the Week ... New Mexico middle blocker Ashley Rhoades and TCU middle blocker Kourtney Edwards have been named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week. This is the fourth career weekly honor for Edwards and the first career accolade for Rhoades.

    Rhoades, a 5-11 sophomore from Rio Rancho, N.M., led New Mexico to Conference-match home wins over San Diego State (3-0) and Air Force (3-0) last week. Against the Aztecs, she collected 11 kills with no errors for a .647 hitting percentage. Rhoades also tallied two blocks and one dig vs. SDSU. Against Air Force, she posted a career-high 15 kills with only two errors in 21 attempts for an efficiency of .619, while also collecting three blocks. For the week, she averaged 4.33 kills, 0.83 blocks, 0.17 digs and 4.75 points per set, while hitting .632 (26-2-38).

    Edwards, a 6-1 junior from Haltom City, Texas, led TCU to a 2-0 record in league play with victories over Air Force and San Diego State. In the 3-0 sweep over Air Force, Edwards tallied a career-best hitting percentage of .789 (15-0-19). Her hitting efficiency vs. the Falcons ranks third all-time in TCU history and is also the fourth-best percentage in the Conference's league-match history. In a four-set win over San Diego State, Edwards posted 16 kills and four blocks. On the week, Edwards averaged 4.43 kills, 0.57 blocks, 0.29 digs and 4.79 points per set with a .574 hitting percentage (31-4-47).

    About New Mexico (11-5, 3-2 MWC) ... The Lobos picked up their first MWC win of the season at Wyoming on Sept. 26 (3-1) and have won three straight after an 0-2 start ... Senior Rose Morris made her return to the court on Oct. 3 with 11 kills over two sets and now leads UNM with 2.61 kills per set ... Junior Taylor Hadfield is next with 2.56 kills and 3.04 points per set, one of five players with 2.00 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.07 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter and sophomore Amy Wong are 1-2 in service aces with 17 and 16 each ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.05 per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.00 and 0.98 per set ... UNM placed third at the Arizona Invitational. Jade Michaelsen was named to the all-tournament team ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 24 Baylor. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Jade Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Lisa Meeter and Allison Buck were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the season. It is the third season in a row the Lobos have started the season 3-0 and won the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Anna Lehne was named the tournament MVP, and joined by Michaelsen and Buck on the all-tournament team ... The Lobos were picked third in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, the same place they finished the 2008 season. The big difference this season is UNM earned three first-place votes from the voting panel of coaches and media ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen was named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.

    About BYU (8-7, 3-1 MWC; BYU leads the series, 61-11) ... The Cougars, under the direction of second-year head coach Shay Goulding, is led by Kayla Walker. Walker leads the MWC in kills and points per set with 4.14 and 4.64. Nicole Warner leads the league in blocks with 1.27 per set. UNM has won four of the past six meetings between the two teams.

    About Utah (10-5, 4-0 MWC; Utah leads the series, 42-27; Think Pink Day) ... The Utes, under the direction of 20-year head coach Beth Launiere, will play Weber State and TCU before hosting the Lobos on Saturday. Utah is led by the combination of Chelsey Sandberg and Karolina Bartkowiak. Sandberg leads the league in aces with 0.44 per set and has a .356 attack percentage. Bartkowiak leads the team with 2.96 kills per set.

    She's Baaack! ... Lobo senior outside hitter Rose Morris returned to action on Saturday, Oct 3 against Air Force with 11 kills and three blocks in two sets. Morris missed seven matches with a finger injury suffered in the Pitt match on Sept. 12. Morris suffered the injury on a block in the fourth set with the score tied at 22-22.

    Current RPI rankings ... RichKern.com releases its RPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 33 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 44. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.

    Jam Johnson Sets Season Attendance Mark ... 2,338 fans showed up for Jam Johnson 2009 on Oct. 1 vs. San Diego State. It was the eighth match of the season with over 1,000 fans at the Johnson Center. UNM is averaging 1,500 fans over nine sessions, currently ranking 22nd in the nation. It is the first time the Lobos have recorded over 1,000 fans in each of the first nine matches of the season.

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