Sept. 26, 2007
Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
vs. TCU Friday, Sept. 28 6:30 p.m.
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Lobos on Television: Friday's match against TCU will be tape delayed on The mtn. at 8:30 p.m.
Against TCU: The Lobos and Horned Frogs have only met six times coming into the season with UNM holding a 5-1 series lead. The two teams split last season's home-and-home series.
Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team continues Mountain West Conference action in Utah next week. UNM will face Utah on Oct. 5 and BYU on Oct. 6. Match times are set for 7 p.m.
Johnson Center Golden Jubilee ... UNM will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Johnson Center on Friday, Sept. 28, during the Lobo volleyball match against TCU. A reception will precede the match at 4:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym of the Johnson Center. UNM President David Schmidly and Vice President-Athletics Paul Krebs will be joined by special guests at the second game intermission for an anniversary cake-cutting. For more information on other Homecoming 2007 activities, check out the Homecoming website at www.unmalumni.com/homecoming.
Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-3 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.
Jam Johnson Night ... on Friday, Sept. 21, produced the largest crowd of the season - 1,083 loud and rowdy fans. As the season progresses, the Lobos will continue to hold special promotions to encourage more fan participation, including Lobo League Night on Friday, Oct. 12, against San Diego State.
Lobo League Night ... will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. against San Diego State. Contact Dave Buchholz, Lobo League Director, at 277-2472 for more information.
TCU IN 2007: The Horned Frogs, under the direction of Prentice Lewis, are currently 15-3 overall and 2-1 in the MWC. The Horned Frogs are led by sophomores Kourtney Edwards and Lauren Otto with 3.56 and 3.53 kills per game, respectively. Setter Nirelle Hampton averages 11.35 assists per game, while defensive specialist Callie Corley averages 4.94 digs per game.
TEAM COMPARISONLAST TIME OUT ...
UNM Category TCU 11-3 Record 15-2 .222 Hitting % .272 .147 Opp Hit % .161 14.62 Kills/G 15.56 13.29 Assists/G 14.24 2.57 Blocks/G 2.48 1.65 Aces/G 1.85 13.31 Digs/G 17.69
Top Individuals UNM TCU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .241, Rose Morris (90-36-224) .404, Kourtney Edwards (221-51-421) Kills/G: 4.74, Jeanne Fairchild 3.56, Kourtney Edwards Assists/G: 6.50, Jade Michaelsen 11.35, Nirelle Hampton Aces/G: 0.43, Kerri Beck 0.44, Nirelle Hampton Blocks/G: 1.09, Anna Lehne 1.32, Kourtney Edwards Digs/G: 4.58, Gayle Tripp 4.94, Calli Corley Points/G: 5.23, Jeanne Fairchild 4.37, Kourtney Edwards
Sept. 24, at No. 15 San Diego, L, 3-1
The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost to No. 15 San Diego, 3-1 (21-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-18) on a rare Monday night match for the Lobos. UNM is now 11-4 on the season and 3-3 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild recorded a team-high 18 kills, while freshman Taylor Hadfield had a career-high 11 kills on the night. Freshman Lisa Meeter just missed out on her seventh consecutive double-double with nine kills and 11 digs.
The Lobos took Game One in commanding fashion, building an 18-12 lead behind the serve of Sarah Kwasigroch. New Mexico allowed the Toreros to close to within one, 21-20, before Lisa Meeter held serve, including three service aces, getting the lead back to 26-20. A service ace by Gayle Tripp and a kill by Fairchild, one of her game-high six, sealed the 30-21 win.
Game Two was a different story as the Toreros out-hit UNM, .471 to .094. The teams played evenly to start the game, until USD moved out ahead to a 13-8 lead. The Toreros steadily increased the lead until New Mexico closed to within four at 18-14 and 19-15. USD held serve to build a 25-15 lead and did not allow the Lobos to close the gap, winning 30-18.
Hadfield, playing in her home state for the first time as a collegian, led the Lobos in Game Three with five key kills that kept UNM in the hunt. Her first kill put UNM within one at 6-5, while her other four earned the Lobos a sideout each time. Hadfield also paired with Anna Lehne for a block to cut the Torero lead to four at 29-25, before a Lobo attack error won the game for USD, 30-25.
Game Four saw USD build to a 11-6 lead and steadily pull away from the Lobos to the 30-18 final.
The Johnson Center crowd of 1,083 was instrumental in the Lobo win. It was the largest and loudest crowd, to date, of the 2007 season.
Fairchild led the Lobos with 17 kills, while Meeter recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs. Gayle Tripp led the Lobos with 20 digs. Michaelsen and junior Sarah Kwasigroch split the assists with 25 and 20, respectively.
STREAK IS NOW 1 ... The Lobos ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming on Sept. 21 with a hard fought, 3-0 win.
Lisa Meeter (9) Aug. 25 vs. San Jose State 18 kills-15 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 13 kills-19 digs Sept. 1 vs. Northern Arizona 10 kills-10 digs Sept. 7 vs. Northern Colorado 11 kills-16 digs Sept. 7 vs. Bowling Green 11 kills-10 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 18 kills-14 digs Sept. 15 at Colorado State 12 kills-10 digs Sept. 20 vs. Air Force 11 kills-12 digs Sept. 21 vs. Wyoming 14 kills-16 digsNON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-3 non-conference record ranks among the top 10 in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700.
Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs
UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage) 1. 1986 .875 (14-2) 2. 1989 .867 (13-2) 3. 1988 .833 (15-3) 4. 1983 .793 (23-6) 5. 1990 .789 (15-4) 6. 2007 .750 (9-3) 7. 1992 .688 (11-5) 1994 .688 (11-5) 9. 1993 .667 (10-5) 2005 .667 (8-4)NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.
AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 93 aces on the season, compared to only 55 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 24 on the season ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 and again at No. 15 San Diego ... Kerri Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.
ASSISTS BY SARAH ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,452, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 389 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.
UNM Career Assists 1. Janelle Tores 3,794 1996-99 2. Alicia Bergmann 3,283 1992-95 3. Sharon Browning 3,214 1989-92 4. Jocelyn Funk 3,153 1983-86 5. Karen Saavedra-Warnock 2,845 1985-88 6. Monica Meihack 2,840 2002-04 7. Sarah Kwasigroch 2,452 2005-present 8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into the top-five on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Coming into the season, Tripp had 701 career digs and can quickly move into the top five at her 4.00+ dig per game pace. She now has 945 career digs, placing her 10th on the career list. She needs just 104 to move all the way into fourth place past Maria Gurreri and Gretchen Gegenfurtner (1,048; 1987-90 & 1993-96).
UNM Career Digs 1. Sharon Browning 1,504 1989-92 2. Tania Gooley 1,113 1991-94 3. Alicia Bergmann 1,059 1992-95 4. Maria Gurreri 1,048 1987-90 Gretchen Gegenfurtner 1,048 1993-96 6. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo 1,020 1986-89 7. Paula Feathers 1,019 1995-98 8. Nana Allison 1,005 1996-99 Janelle Torres 1,005 1996-99 10. Gayle Tripp 945 2005-present 11. Jenny Pavley 912 1995-97 12. Pauline Manser 891 1988-91A FIRST ... The Lobo win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.
PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.
ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.
UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos made history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.
UNM Best Starts 1. 1988 15-0 2. 1986 10-0 1990 10-0 4. 2007 7-0 5. 1989 5-0 6. 1994 4-0
HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.