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Lobo Volleyball Hosts Wyoming and Colorado State For Homecoming Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 20, 2009

  • Game Notes - Wyoming and Colorado State

    Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
    Matches 21-22
    vs. Wyoming • October 22 • 7 p.m. (MT)
    vs. No. 25 Colorado State • Oct. 24 • 1 p.m. (MT)
    Cherry Crush Day
    Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

    This Week ... The Lobos (13-7, 4-4 MWC) begin the second half of MWC competition this week when they host Wyoming, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and No. 25 Colorado State, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., at Johnson Center. Wyoming is currently 10-12 overall and 1-7 in MWC action. No. 25 Colorado State is 16-3 overall and 8-0 in MWC play, going into Thursday's match at TCU.

    **Thursday night is Spike Hunger Night in conjunction with Albuquerque Rescue Mission. Fans are asked to bring canned and dry goods to the game. There will be collection bins throughout Johnson Center's Main Arena.

    **Saturday is Cherry Crush. Fans wearing red will be allowed into the game for $3 for adults and $2 for youth (ages 2-18). Fans who can show a ticket for the Lobo football game later that day, get in free. There will be giveaways throughout the match from the UNM Bookstore.

    **Also on Saturday - There will be a READ WITH THE LOBOS recognition between Games 1 and 2, as well as a Special Olympics Mixed Team volleyball match. Mixed teams include Special Olympians and their siblings or volunteers.

    If You Can't Make It To Johnson Center ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com. UNM provides Gametracker, live video and audio through the site.

    Next Week ... The Lobos travel to Colorado Springs and San Diego for MWC match-ups at Air Force Academy and San Diego State.

    QUICK HITS

    • Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 21st in the nation with an attendance average of 1,501 fans this season. It is the first time that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first 10 matches of the season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high so far in 2009 is 2,338 vs. San Diego State on Oct. 1. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 16th overall with an average of 1,888 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings.

    • Mark Your Calendars - Only 2 Home Matches Left After Saturday ... Only two home matches remain after this week ... Think Pink, breast cancer awareness night, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. against Utah. If you wear pink, adults get in for $3 and kids, ages 2-18, get in for $2. There will also be a silent auction with lots of great items throughout the night ... Senior Night is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. against BYU. It will be the final home match for seniors Anna Lehne, Rose Morris and Allie Suiter.

    About New Mexico (13-7, 4-4 MWC) ... Lobo fans may see UNM sporting a lighter shade of Cherry on the court. UNM has won two big road matches wearing their new pink Nike jerseys on opponents' breast cancer awareness matches. The pink definitely comes out one more time when UNM hosts Utah on Nov. 5 for the Lobos' Think Pink Night in conjunction with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center ... Another losing streak came to an end on Oct. 13 as the Lobos beat New Mexico State, 3-0 in Las Cruces, 10-match overall and 8-match road losing streaks ... The Lobos beat Utah, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 10, the first win for UNM on Crimson Court since 1996 ... UNM picked up its first MWC win of the season at Wyoming on Sept. 26 (3-1) and have won three straight after an 0-2 start ... Senior Rose Morris made her return to the court on Oct. 3 with 11 kills over two sets ... Junior Taylor Hadfield led with 2.65 kills per set, one of five players with 2.00 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.20 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter and sophomore Amy Wong are 1-2 in service aces with 20 and 17 each ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.03 per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.01 and 1.08 per set, respectively ... UNM placed third at the Arizona Invitational. Jade Michaelsen was named to the all-tournament team ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 24 Baylor. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Jade Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Lisa Meeter and Allison Buck were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the season. It is the third season in a row the Lobos have started the season 3-0 and won the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Anna Lehne was named the tournament MVP, and joined by Michaelsen and Buck on the all-tournament team ... The Lobos were picked third in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, the same place they finished the 2008 season. The big difference this season is UNM earned three first-place votes from the voting panel of coaches and media ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen was named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.

    About Wyoming (10-12, 1-7 MWC; Wyoming leads the series, 34-27, UNM has won four of the last five meetings) ... The Cowgirls are led by freshman Jodi Purdy with 3.47 kills per set and setter Barbara Lasic with 10.39 assists per set. New Mexico won the first meeting of the season, 3-1, in Laramie. Taylor Hadfield led the Lobos with 14 kills, while Purdy led Wyoming with 13.

    About No. 25 Colorado State (16-3, 8-0 MWC; CSU leads the series, 40-21, with the Rams winning the last 27 of 28 meetings) ... The Rams jumped back into the BISON/AVCA Top 25 this week at No. 25. CSU made a clean run through the first half of the MWC season and begin the second half at TCU on Thursday night. Megan Plourde leads the Rams with a .374 hitting percentage, while Danielle Minch leads with 3.75 kills per set. Evan Saunders is second in the league in assists with 10.58 per set. CSU won the first meeting of the season, 3-0, in Fort Collins. Jacque Davisson led CSU with 13 kills, while Taylor Hadfield led UNM with nine.

    Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings were released Monday afternoon and the Lobos are sitting at 49, second among MWC schools. RichKern.com releases its RPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 47 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 56. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.

    Setting Records ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen cracked the Top 10 on the UNM career assists list during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Michaelsen, from Tucson, Ariz., took over 7th place on the list in the first set of the New Mexico State match on Oct. 13, passing former teammate Sarah Kwasigroch (2005-09). Moving the next two spots up may take some time. She is now 158 and 163 assists away from taking over sixth and fifth place from former Lobos Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) and Karen Saavedra-Warnock (2,845; 1985-88).

    UNM Career Assists

    1. Janelle Torres	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. Jade Michaelsen	2,683	2007-present
    8. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,634	2005-09
    9. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
    10. Kelly Griffin	2,096	1999-01
    

    Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne, in addition to picking up the first all-tournament MVP honor of her career, moved onto the UNM career Top 10 lists for blocking - total blocks and block assists - during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. On Sept. 16 against TCU, Lehne added the career solo blocks Top 10 list as well. She is working her way into the top 5 in all three lists. Lehne, a senior from Pueblo, Colo., had a Top 10 season mark with 101 block assists in 2008.

    UNM Career Total Blocks

    1. Chelsea Sondrup	433	2002-05
    2. Kelly Therkelsen	336	2003-06
    3. Linda Archuleta	326	1980-82, `84
    4. Anna Lehne	322	2006-present
    5. Laurel Luman	320	1990-93
    6. Robyn Wentworth	313	1992-94
    7. Tammy Lansford	299	1987-90
        Pauline Manser	299	1988-91
        Zhao Lu	299	1995-96
    10. Amber Smith	258	1996-99
    

    UNM Career Block Solos

    1. Linda Archuleta	120	1980-82, `84
    2. Terri Nelson	107	1980-83
    3. Tammy Lansford	86	1987-90
    4. Pauline Manser	76	1988-91
    5. Sue Guinn	73	1983-84
    6. Robyn Wentworth	68	1992-94
        Shannon Vessup	68	1981, `83
        Laurel Luman	68	1990-93
    9. Anna Lehne	67	2006-present
    10. Kelly Knowles	62	1980-82
    

    UNM Career Block Assists

    1. Chelsea Sondrup	433	2002-05
    2. Kelly Therkelsen	326	2003-06
    3. Anna Lehne	255	2006-present
    4. Laurel Luman	252	1990-93
    5. Zhao Lu	249	1995-98
    6. Robyn Wentworth	245	1992-94
    7. Pauline Manser	223	1988-91
    8. Vanessa Shields	216	1998-99, 2001-02
    9. Tammy Lansford	213	1987-90
    10. Kristine Butler	207	1993-96
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