Oct. 25, 2011
New Mexico Lobo Volleyball -- At Home in The Mountain West
Thursday: 7 p.m., Lobos vs. Boise State
Saturday: 5 p.m., Lobos vs. Air Force (Think Pink game)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico volleyball team is set to host two conference matches against Boise State (7 p.m., Thursday) and Air Force (5 p.m., Saturday) at Johnson Center. The Lobos head into the matches coming off a 3-0 sweep of UT-Pan American on Oct. 23. Kelly Williamson had 22 kills against the Broncos and the Lobos hope she carries that confidence over in the matches this weekend.
Think Pink vs. Air Force ... The Lobos volleyball team will be hosting its fourth annual “Think Pink” game this Saturday in their match against Air Force at 5 p.m. in Johnson Center. Proceeds of the cause will go to the University of New Mexico Hospitals. All students get in free and raffle tickets will be sold for $5, with the ultimate prize being an iPad2. There will also be plenty of silent auc- tion items to be bid on.
Follow Along ... All home matches will be web streamed through All Access on GoLobos.com. Click the Lobo TV button to watch the Lobos at Johnson Center this season. GameTracker also will be available for every Lobo home game through GoLobos.com.
Against Boise State (2-0) ... The Lobos are 2-0 all-time against Boise State, including a victory earlier this season. The Lobos defeated the Broncos, 3-1, On Oct. 1 in Boise, Idaho.
Against Air Force (26-3) ... The Lobos are 26-3 all-time against Air Force. UNM defeated Air Force, 3-0, earlier this season on Sept. 29.
Up Next: The Lobos hit the road for matches against San Diego State (Nov. 3, 8 p.m.) and UNLV
(Nov. 5, 2 p.m.).
LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS
• Ashley Rhoades set a new career high in both kills (31) and points (36) in UNM’s 3-1 conference victory over Boise State on Oct. 1. The native New Mexican leads UNM with 304 kills on the season. It is the first time Rhoades has recorded over 300 kills in any season during her career.
• Senior libero Allison Buck has moved into the top three on the UNM all-time digs list, having recorded 388 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo. She has 1,457 digs overall. Buck set a new career high in digs with 36 in UNM’s victory over Delaware on Sept. 17.
• Rhoades and Buck have each been named to four different all-tournament teams this season. The MCM Elegante Classic, the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, the Fiesta Bowl Classic and the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.
About New Mexico (11-10, 3-5 MW) ... The Lobos’ record is 11-10 after going 1-1 on their road trip in the state of Texas last weekend. The Lobos lost to TCU, 0-3, in Fort Worth, Texas, but rebounded by defeating UT-Pan American, 3-0. UNM is now 3-5 in the Mountain West, placing them sixth. Picking up wins over Boise State on Thursday and Air Force on Saturday would do wonders for UNM in conference positioning.
Last season, the Lobos made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. The Lobos hadn’t made it to two consecutive postseasons since they did it in the 1993, ‘94 seasons, which happened to be the end of a five-year postseason run that spanned from 1990-94, and was subsequently the last time the Lobos were in the NCAA Tournament. With the appearance in 2009, the Lobos broke a drought of 14 years between trips to the national post-season. With last year’s postseason berth, UNM now has nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1981, ‘88, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93, ‘94, ‘09, 2010)
About Boise State (13-11, 4-5 MW) ... The Broncos are coming off a weekend in which they went 1-1 in the MW. Boise State lost to Colorado State, 0-3, but prevailed over Wyoming, 3-1. Boise State currently sits at 4-5 in the conference and is 13-11 overall. UNM beat Boise State earlier this season in Boise, Idaho, by a score of 3-1. Breann Nesselhuf and Liz Harden have been two key players for Boise State this season. Nesselhuf averagses 7.32 assists per set and 2.25 digs per set, while Harden averages 2.60 kills per set for the Broncos.
About Air Force (3-19, 0-9 MW) ... Air Force is 3-19 on the year with a record of 0-9 in the MW. The Falcons lost matches to Colorado State and Wyoming last week, each by a score of 0-3. Offensively, Air Force is lead by Ayesha Hein and Victoria Foster. Hein is averaging 2.56 kills per set and Foster is averaging 2.33.
Rhoades Closing in on Milestones ... Senior Ashley Rhoades recently moved up to No. 7 all-time on UNM’s career total blocks list. The senior has 305 blocks for her career and is just eight blocks behind No. 6 all-time Robyn Wentworth. Rhoades is also just two kills away from recording 800 for her career. The Rio Rancho , N.M., native currently has 798 kills for her career after having recorded 304 kills so far this season. It is the first time in Rhoades’ career she has recorded over 300 kills in a season. Rhoades is also half a point shy from recording 1,000 points in her career.
Williamson Back on Track ... Kelly Williamson showed up in a big way against UT Pan American on Oct. 23. The 6-2 senior recorded 22 kills to go along with a .556 hitting percent- age. All season long the Lobo coaching staff has stressed to Williamson what a force she can be when she plays the game the right way. Her performance against UT-Pan American may prove to be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel.
Riddle Rising ... Redshirt freshman Chantale Riddle continues to evolve with every match that comes her way. She recorded her first career double-double against TCU with 11 kills and 13 digs on Oct. 21. The Roswell, N.M., native is currently second on the team in blocks (.61 ps) and third in points (175) and kills (1.91 ps). The future looks bright for Riddle. The experience she’ll gain from playing this season will only continue to help her in her matura- tion process.
Blitz Krieg ... True freshman Elsa Krieg had a career day against Wyoming on Oct. 15. The 6-2 middle blocker compiled 15 kills and 16 points (each career highs) in UNM’s loss to the Cowgirls. Krieg’s career highs come just days after recording career highs in those categories against SDSU on Oct. 9. Krieg continues to improve each time out and looks like she will be an important player in UNM’s near future.