Dec. 16, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Add another name to the UNM Volleyball All-America banner hanging in the Johnson Center. Junior Taylor Hadfield became the second Lobo in two years to gain national recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The outside hitter from Corte Madera, Calif., was named to the 2009 AVCA All-America honorable mention list today.
"I'm thrilled for Taylor," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "This is a great honor and she is in the company of some fantastic players from across the nation. The individual honor is exciting for our team and the continuing success of our program as a whole."
Earlier in the month, Hadfield became the 13th Lobo to receive AVCA All-West Region honors and now joins the prestigious list of New Mexico All-Americans - Karen Saavedra-Warnock (2nd team; 1988), Pauline Manser (1st team; 1990 and 1991), Maria Gurreri (2nd team; 1990), Sharon Browning (2nd team; 1992) and Jeanne Fairchild (2008). Hadfield becomes the first returning All-American since Pauline Manser in 1991.
Hadfield was one of three Lobos to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors in late November. She led the Lobos in kills per set for the majority of the season, finishing the year with 2.63. A primary front row player for UNM, Hadfield improved her single-match career marks throughout the season. She had a career-high 21 kills against Colorado State on Oct. 24, passing her previous mark of 16 against Utah on Oct. 10 and Pittsburgh on Sept. 12.
"What a great honor to be joining the great group of players that have come before me," said Hadfield. "It would not have been possible for me to receive this honor without the overall success of my team. It's been a great year to be a Lobo and a part of the returning success of Lobo volleyball."
Hadfield is joined on the list by four other Mountain West Conference players - Kourtney Edwards, Christy Hudson and Megan Munce from TCU, and Danielle Minch from Colorado State.
New Mexico finished the season 20-10 and in third place in the Mountain West Conference with a league record of 10-6. UNM also made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1994, playing NCAA semifinalist Hawai'i in the First Round.