Nov. 25, 2009
Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
at New Orleans Nov. 27 6 p.m. (MT)
Human Performance Center New Orleans, La.
This Week ... The Lobos (19-9, 10-6 MWC) wrap up the regular season with a single-match trip to play the University of New Orleans. The Privateers lost in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament after tying for the SBC West Division championship.
If You Can't Make It To New Orleans ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com with Live Stats. Assistant media relations director Judy Willson will twitter during the match at www.twitter.com/jwillson10.
Will There Be A Next Week? ... The Lobos find out if they will receive an NCAA at-large bid when they watch the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) on ESPNews. The team is hosting a watch party at 12:30 p.m. in the End Zone Club, located on the third floor of the Tow Diehm Building.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 24th in the nation with a final 2009 home attendance average of 1,677 fans this season. It is the only time that the Lobos have had over 1,000 fans at every match during a single season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high for 2009 was 2,613 vs. BYU on Nov. 7, the final home match of the regular season. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 19th overall with an average of 1,819 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings, courtesy of Diane Nordstrom at the University of Wisconsin Athletics Communications Office.
Official NCAA RPI ... New Mexico is ranked 41st in the nation in the NCAA's official RPI, as of Monday, Nov. 23. The Lobos have the second-highest RPI ranking in the Mountain West Conference behind Colorado State (18). TCU is currently ranked 43rd.
Okay, We're One Away ... The next win for the Lobos will mark a couple of milestones. The first ... it will be head coach Jeff Nelson's 300th coaching victory in the college ranks, his 58th at UNM. Win No. 299 was an interesting 3-2 victory at UNLV on Nov. 12. The second milestone ... it will be the first time the Lobo volleyball program has posted consecutive 20-win seasons since 1991. From 1988-91, UNM had four consecutive 20-win seasons - 1988 (25-5), 1989 (22-5), 1990 (22-7), 1991 (23-6).
About New Mexico (19-9, 10-6 MWC) ... UNM went 5-0 on breast cancer awareness nights during the 2009 season, 4-0 when wearing the new pink Nike jerseys. UNM hosted Utah on Nov. 5 for the Lobos' Think Pink Night in conjunction with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center. The Lobos won three big road matches wearing their new pink Nike jerseys on opponents' breast cancer awareness matches - at Utah, at New Mexico State and at Air Force - and one without the jerseys at UNLV ... Another losing streak came to an end on Oct. 13 as the Lobos beat New Mexico State, 3-0 in Las Cruces, 10-match overall and 8-match road losing streaks ... The Lobos beat Utah, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 10, the first win for UNM on Crimson Court since 1996 and with the home win on Nov. 5, swept the home-and-home series for the first time since 1996 ... UNM picked up its first MWC win of the season at Wyoming on Sept. 26 (3-1) and won three straight after an 0-2 start ... Senior Rose Morris made her return to the court after a finger injury on Oct. 3 against Air Force with 11 kills over two sets. Morris missed seven matches, during which the Lobos were 3-4 ... Junior Taylor Hadfield leads the team with 2.73 kills per set, one of five players with 2.15 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.37 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter has the most service aces this season with 29 ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.01 digs per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.08 and 1.07 per set, respectively ... 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 Baylor. Michaelsen and Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Meeter and 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. 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 New Orleans (20-12, 12-6 Sun Belt; UNM leads the series 1-0) ... It will be the first meeting between the two programs since Oct. 1, 1982, a 2-0 win at a tournament hosted by Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The Privateers, under the direction of third-year head coach Jozsef Forman, tied Denver for the Sun Belt Conference West Division and lost to East Division champion Florida International in semifinals of the 2009 Sun Belt Tournament last week. Maria Szvios and Lindsey Loyd lead UNO with 3.35 and 3.32 kills per set, respectively.
Non-conference Record Among The Best ... The Lobos are on track to have another successful non-conference season in the Jeff Nelson era. The Lobos' 11-2 non-conference record in 2008 ranked as the third-best in program history following the final regular season matches against New Mexico State and Virginia Commonwealth.
UNM Best Non-Conference Records (by percentage)
1. 1986 .875 (14-2) 2. 1989 .867 (13-2) 3. 2008 .846 (11-2) 4. 1988 .833 (15-3) 5. 1983 .793 (23-6) 6. 1990 .789 (15-4) 7. 2007 .750 (9-3) 2009 .750 (9-3) 9. 1992 .688 (11-5) 1994 .688 (11-5)
Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings have the Lobos are sitting at 41, second among MWC schools. RichKern.com releases its RKPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 39 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 51. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.
Hadfield, Michaelsen and Morris Named to 2009 All-MWC Team ... The Lobos placed three student-athletes on the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference Team, released by the league office on Nov. 24. Michaelsen is just the second Lobo to repeat as an all-MWC selection, while Hadfield and Morris are first-time honorees. It is the second year in a row that the Lobos have had multiple all-MWC honorees.
Michaelsen, a junior setter from Tucson, Ariz. ranks third in the league with 10.37 assists per set. Against TCU on Nov. 20, she recorded a career single-match high of 61 assists and produced her 3,000th career assist during the third set of the match. Michaelsen currently ranks fifth on the UNM all-time career assists list.
Hadfield, a junior outside hitter from Corte Madera, Calif. leads the Lobos in kills per set with 2.73 and is third on the team in solo blocks with 10. She came on strong during conference action, ranking ninth in hitting percentage at .303 and had 2.98 kills per set over the 16 matches.
Morris, a senior outside hitter from Albuquerque, N.M. missed seven matches during the season with a finger injury, but came back with a vengence pushing the Lobos into third place in the league. The 2009 team co-captain, with Michaelsen, was second on the team in kills per set with 2.53.