Nov. 3, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL:
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-21, 0-10 MWC) vs. UNLV (10-13, 3-7)
WHERE: Johnson Arena - Albuquerque, N.M.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 6 - 7 p.m.
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-21, 0-10 MWC) vs. San Diego State (14-11, 5-5)
WHERE: Johnson Arena - Albuquerque, N.M.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8 - 7 p.m.
LOBOS HOST LAST TWO HOME MATCHES OF THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND - The New Mexico volleyball team will host its final two matches of the season this weekend against UNLV and San Diego State at Johnson Arena.
The Lobos begin with UNLV Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The Rebels (10-13, 3-7 Mountain West) swept UNM in Las Vegas Oct. 11, but the Lobos did post a season-high 13 team blocks against the Rebels. New Mexico defeated UNLV in a thrilling five-game match last season in Albuquerque, capped by a 20-18 Lobo win in game five.
San Diego State (14-11, 5-5 MWC) comes to town Saturday, Nov. 8 to match up against UNM at 7 p.m. The Aztecs were impressive last weekend in sweeping Wyoming and taking 16th-ranked Colorado State to five games. SDSU has won nine consecutive matches over UNM, including a 3-0 win in San Diego Oct. 10. SDSU plays San Diego Tuesday, Nov. 4.
LOBO UPDATE - The Lobos put up a fight on the road, but still lost two matches in hostile territory at BYU and Utah last weekend.
UNM fell to BYU in three games (30-24, 30-21, 30-20) on Halloween night (Oct. 31) at Smith Fieldhouse. Anna Reines collected 10 kills, Georgia Whitson tied a season-high with 11 kills and hit .364, Monica Meihack tallied 28 assists and Adah Burke had 10 digs. Jennifer Heasty hit .312 with eight kills and three blocks.
The Cougars tallied eight more team blocks than the Lobos (12-4) and out-hit UNM .365 to .115. Lexi Brown led BYU with 14 kills while Lauren Richards chipped in 42 assists.
The Cougars took the lead early in the first game and never looked back. With the score 5-3 BYU, the Cougars reeled off a 5-0 run, with kills from four different players to take a commanding lead. The Lobos attempted to counter with mini runs of their own, but were unable to get within three points. Brown led all players in the first game with six kills.
Game two was closer at the start, and the two teams were tied four times in the early going. With the two teams tied at 8-8, BYU went on a tear with a 17-4 run. The Lobos fought back with a 9-4 run of their own, but the Cougars went up 2-0 with a 30-21 win.
UNM came out a determined team in the third game. BYU won the first point on a Brown kill for a 1-0 lead, but the Lobos took control from there. UNM would be tied or hold the lead until it hit 10 points. Then the Cougars took over, leading by as many as three, but the Lobos would fight back on the backs of Reines and Heasty. UNM would take its last lead of the match after a Sondrup kill made it 19-18. The Cougars then went on a tear to end the match by scoring 12 of the next 13 points.
Reines collected double-digits in kills with 11 for the eighth straight match at Utah, but it wasn't enough as the Utes held off New Mexico in three games (30-26, 30-24, 30-24) Nov. 1 at Crimson Court.
The Lobos limited the second-place Utes to a .193 attack percentage and outblocked Utah 9-8. However, the Lobos gave up 15 service errors and Utah had seven aces.
Meihack had six kills and hit .500 for the match. She also tallied 23 assists to go along with five digs and three blocks. Kelly Therkelsen collected seven kills and four blocks, Sondrup put down eight kills and four blocks with nine digs and Heasty had four blocks.
Utah started slow in game one, allowing the Lobos to take a nine-point lead (14-5), but the Utes fought back with a vengeance, scoring 10 straight points to take an 18-16 lead. New Mexico kept it close for the rest of the game, but Utah pulled out the 30-26 win. The Utes hit for just .026 on the game, slightly lower than the .050 of the Lobos. Kim Turner led Utah with five kills and two blocks on the game.
In game two, Utah took its first lead at 6-5 and maintained it for the remainder, winning 30-24. The Utes hit for .324 on the game, compared to the .205 of the Lobos.
The Utes started hot in game three, jumping out to a 10-3 lead, then using a 6-0 run to make it 16-4. But the Lobos wouldn't give up, out-scoring Utah 6-1 and then reeling off five straight points to cut the Ute lead to four (20-16). New Mexico narrowed it to three twice before Utah put it away for good, 30-24. The Utes combined for a .242 hitting percentage on the game and held New Mexico to .175.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND - UNM traveled to San Diego and Las Vegas in mid-October and came away empty with two losses. SDSU topped UNM 30-21, 30-25, 30-18, while the Rebels won 30-27, 30-20, 30-23.
Georgia Whitson had the best match of her young career against the Aztecs, tallying 12 points on nine kills, three aces and five digs. Adah Burke registered 16 digs and Monica Meihack collected 27 assists.
The Lobos got out-hit .424 to .195 in the game one loss, but in game two, UNM took control early, running out to a 7-4 lead. SDSU fought back to knot the score at 15, then rattled off six straight points. Although UNM came back to get within two points at 25-23, the Aztecs pulled away for the five-point win. The third game was close in the early stages as the teams fought back and forth to an 11-11 tie. SDSU then scored five consecutive points and never looked back in the 30-18 win.
Against UNLV, the Lobos collected a season-high 13 team blocks, but the Rebels still out-hit UNM and put down 20 more kills. Whitson had a season-high five blocks while Chelsea Sondrup and Jennifer Heasty each produced six blocks.
The Lobos made it close with a 30-27 loss in game one, however, UNLV came out on fire in game two, hitting .351 to UNM's .108 for the 10-point win. The Rebels completed the sweep with a 30-23 game three win.
SET ME UP - After playing libero for eight matches from Sept. 12-26, junior Monica Meihack is once again the starting setter for the Lobos. Meihack responded well to her position change as she earned top libero honors at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Tournament and improved UNM's digs per game from 7.86 to 12.44. But after tallying the second most assists in a Lobo season in 2002 with 1,249, head coach Kelley Sliva McKee decided it was time to put Meihack back into her normal position. Meihack is eighth in MWC play with 7.80 assists per game.
Freshman Lindsay Smith, a talented recruit who has the ability to set up a very up-tempo offense, filled in nicely when Meihack was at libero. Smith stepped up to the challenge, collecting over 30 assists in six of her eight starts, including a career-high 49 vs. Ohio.
AMAZIN' ANNA - Senior Anna Reines is the offensive team leader, pacing the team in kills (3.46 pg) and points (320.5). Reines, a dominant outside hitter, polished her game in the offseason by participating on the USA Select Team at the Spring Cup in Brno, Czech Republic. The hard work has paid off, as she earned all-tournament honors at the Fresno State Invitational and the Comcast Lobo Invitational. Some of her top performances this season include: season-high 23 kills vs. Saint Louis Sept. 13; .364 attack percentage (10K-2E-22A) vs. New Mexico State Sept. 22; and 16 kills and career-high four block solos at New Mexico State Oct. 21. Reines collected her 900th career kill vs. Utah Oct. 3 and is only one away from her 1,000th career kill.
The Big Lake, Minn., native transferred from the University of Minnesota after one season and has been a presence on the court ever since for the Lobos. Reines led the team in attack percentage (.257) and kills (3.86 pg) last season. For her efforts, Reines became the first Lobo since 1998 to earn first-team all-conference honors.
ACES WILD - New Mexico is third in the conference in service aces with 1.73 per game. UNM posted a season-high 13 aces vs. Alcorn State Sept. 6. The Lobos currently have 140 aces for the season; the school record stands at 292 (1981).
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH - Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup, who set the Lobo single-season mark for block assists (131) in her freshman campaign, is once again leading UNM in blocks this season. Sondrup has 62 blocks (four solo, 58 assists) and is second on the team in kills (181; 2.23 pg) and points (216.5). Sondrup tallied UNM's third double-double of the season with a career-high 14 kills and 12 digs at New Mexico State Oct. 21.
Sondrup also set two UNM single-game block records against SMU Sept. 20, 2002 for blocks (14) and block assists (13). She is only one block away from reaching 200 for her career.
DOUBLE DUNSMOOR - Freshman Lauren Dunsmoor leads the Lobos this season with two double-doubles. Dunsmoor collected 14 digs and 10 kills vs. Sacramento State Sept. 20 and tallied 12 digs and 12 kills in her first career MWC match Sept. 26 at Air Force. Unfortunately, the Lobos have been without her services the last seven matches due to an injury.
THERKELSEN MAKING PRESENCE KNOWN - Freshman Kelly Therkelsen has had a solid start to her Lobo career this fall, ranking third on the team in kills (140) and fourth in points (169.5). Therkelsen was named to the Albuquerque Marriott All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and 17 digs in the the tournament, including a career-high 13 kills vs. Ohio. The Eagan, Minn., native is a very versatile player, as she also has 28 assists, 57 digs and 45 blocks.
HEASTY LEADS LOBOS AT THE NET - Jennifer Heasty leads the Lobo outside hitters and middle blockers in attack percentage and is second in blocks. She hit a career-high .786 (11K-0E-14TA) against BYU Oct. 2 and also hit .583 vs. rival New Mexico State. The Westminster, Colo., native collected a season-high 13 kills and 15.5 points at Air Force Sept. 26 in her first career MWC match. In the Comcast Lobo Invitational tournament-title game, Heasty racked up a career-high eight block assists to secure the win over Delaware.
HEAD COACH Kelley Sliva McKee - Kelley Sliva McKee begins her second season at the helm of the Lobo volleyball program. Sliva McKee came to UNM after spending nine years at Northern Arizona University. Her career record stands at 156-146 after guiding the 2002 Lobos to a 10-21 record.
In her nine years at NAU, Sliva McKee posted a record of 143-104 (.579) and a 79-57 mark in the Big Sky. The last five seasons at NAU she was 90-45 (.667) and she became the first coach in program history to lead the school to five straight winning seasons. She took the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance (1999) and earned two Big Sky titles (1999 tournament and 2000 regular season). She was named the 1999 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
YOUNG GUNS - This year's Lobo squad features nine freshmen to go along with one senior (Anna Reines), two juniors (Monica Meihack, Adah Burke) and one sophomore (Chelsea Sondrup). Reines, Meihack and Sondrup all started last season for UNM. Eight of the nine freshmen have seen action thus far in the season.
The Lobos are the youngest team in the Mountain West Conference with nine freshman, three of whom start. BYU has seven freshman on its roster, while San Diego State and UNLV each have six.
LOBOS DEFEAT ALUMNI - The Lobo volleyball program welcomed back 13 former players for the annual Alumni Match Oct. 25 at Johnson Arena. In a controlled scrimmage with referees, this year's Lobos defeated the alumni three games to one in a competitve match.
LOBO SCOUTING REPORT -
SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (14-11, 5-5 MWC)
The Aztecs enter the weekend with a 14-11 record, 5-5 in the Mountain West. They took No. 16 Colorado State to five games Oct. 30 and swept Wyoming Nov. 1.
SDSU leads the MWC in blocks with 3.14 per game. Indvidually, senior Megan Schauermann tops the conference in blocks with 1.56 per game and is seventh in attack percentage at .316. Senior Aspen McPartland is fourth in the league in points (4.65 pg) and attack percentage (.342). McPartland posted 34 kills last weekend, including 17 in the loss against Colorado State.
HEAD COACH - Mark Warner (Ninth year). Record at SDSU: 153-119.
SERIES HISTORY - SDSU leads, 22-9. The Aztecs swept UNM Oct. 10 in San Diego. SDSU has won the last nine meetings, with UNM's last win arriving Nov. 19, 1999 at San Diego.
UNLV REBELS (10-13, 3-7 MWC)
UNLV heads to Albuquerque with a 10-13 record, 3-7 in the Mountain West. The Rebels also split last weekend, sweeping Wyoming Oct. 30 but falling to No. 16 Colorado State in four games Nov. 1.
Senior Leiana Oswald paces the Rebel attack with 4.01 kills per game (third in MWC) and 4.57 points per game (sixth in MWC). Setter Nicki King is fourth in the league in assists with 11.81 per game. In league play, junior Nina Franchini is third in the MWC in digs with 3.09 per game.
The Rebels have struggled offensively in conference action, hitting at only a .160 rate (seventh in the MWC).
HEAD COACH - Deitre Collins (Eighth year). Record at UNLV: 86-132.
SERIES HISTORY - UNLV leads, 7-5. The Lobos and Rebels split their two matches last season, as each team defended its home court. UNLV swept UNM in Las Vegas Oct. 11 earlier this season.
2003 Team Season Highs
Kills - 62 vs. Youngstown State (9/5) Attempts - 180 at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .346 (45K-8E-107A) vs. New Mexico State (9/22) Assists - 55 vs. Ohio (9/20) Service Aces - 13 vs. Alcorn State (9/6) Digs - 65 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 5 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 25 vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 13 at UNLV (10/11)
2003 Individual Season Highs
Kills - 23, Anna Reines vs. Saint Louis (9/13) Attempts - 55, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .786 (11K-0E-14A), Jennifer Heasty vs. BYU (10/2) Assists - 49, Lindsay Smith vs. Ohio (9/20) Service Aces - 4 (Four times) Digs - 23, Adah Burke at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 4, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Points - 23.5, Anna Reines vs. Saint Louis (9/13)