July 11, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson has announced the 2008 Lobos volleyball schedule. The schedule features seven teams that participated in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, including regional finalists BYU and Nebraska. The Lobos will host two tournaments, the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the regular season, and the Comcast Lobo Challenge to end the regular season.
"I'm really excited about our schedule this season," said Nelson. "This schedule is going to be challenging and that is what we need to move the program forward. We have some great non-conference matches lined up to get us ready for Mountain West competition, including a trip to Nebraska."
The Lobos will report for pre-season practice on Aug. 8 and host the annual Lobo Alumni match on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in Johnson Gym.
The MCM Elegante Lobo Classic will be six matches from Aug. 29-30 in Johnson Gym. The Lobos will host Central Arkansas, Idaho State and Loyola Marymount in the annual season kickoff tournament.
New Mexico will spend the month of September on the road for both non-conference and the start of Mountain West Conference competition. The Lobos will spend Sept. 5-6 at the George Mason Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va., facing Rutgers, LaSalle, St. Francis (PA), and host George Mason. UNM's toughest non-conference challenge is expected to come at the Nebraska Ameritas Players Challenge on Sept. 12-13 in Lincoln when the Lobos will face Top 25 competition. The Lobos will face 2007 Big East co-champion St. John's in the first round, with the possibility of facing SEC Western Division champion LSU or Big 12 co-champion Nebraska in the second round.
The Lobos will begin MWC competition on Sept. 17 at TCU and stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the University of Texas-Arlington Holiday Inn Invitational, Sept. 19-20. The Lobos will face Southland Conference members Sam Houston State and Texas-Arlington, and perennial Sun Belt Conference contender Arkansas-Little Rock.
The month of September wraps up with a road trip to Mountain West Conference foes San Diego State (Sept. 25) and UNLV (Sept. 27).
The Lobos return to Johnson Gym on Oct. 2 to face NCAA regional finalist BYU and Utah on Oct. 4 for Homecoming weekend, then back on the road for an Oct. 9 meeting at Wyoming and Oct. 12 at Colorado State. Air Force, UNLV and San Diego State will be in Johnson Gym Oct. 18, 23 and 25.
UNM ends October and begins November on the road at Utah (Oct. 30) and BYU (Nov. 1). 2007 MWC champion Colorado State comes to Johnson Gym on Nov. 6, followed by Wyoming on Nov. 8. The Lobos final road trip fo the regular season will be Nov. 13 at Air Force. TCU will wrap up MWC regular season play at Johnson Gym on Nov. 21.
Without a postseason conference tournament in 2008, the Lobos will host New Mexico State and Virginia Commonwealth, Nov. 28-29, in the Comcast Lobo Challenge.
Lobo fans can purchase the Olympic Sports Season Pass for all Lobo home volleyball matches in 2008. With an Olympic Sports Season Pass, fans with have the opportunity to see all of the Lobo volleyball matches as well as every home game for men's soccer, women's soccer, softball and baseball in 2008-09. The five-sport pass is available for purchase on-line at GoLobos.com for $50.00 with special pricing available for Seniors and Youth. UNM faculty, staff and students get into Lobo volleyball matches for free with a valid UNM ID.