Oct. 3, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (6-10, 2-3 MWC) head to the state of Utah for arguably their toughest weekend of the season. Friday night at 6 p.m., they are slated to take on No. 16 Utah (12-2, 5-0 MWC) at Crimson Court, where the Utes are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West. The next day, New Mexico is scheduled to play No. 19 BYU (12-2, 4-1 MWC) at Smith Fieldhouse, where the Cougars are 5-1 overall, suffering their only loss at home to Utah in four games. CSTV's GameTracker is available for the Utah match free of charge on the Lobos' official website, www.GoLobos.com. Live video for both matches is available on the host team's official website, www.UtahUtes.com and www.BYUcougars.com.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos ended a 17-match losing streak to Utah last season, getting a 3-2 win in Johnson Center on Sept. 24, 2005.The Utes have won 18 of the last 19 matches. Of the 19 matches, only three have gone five games. Head coach Kelley McKee is 1-8 in her career against Utah. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 35-27, Utah
Record in Albuquerque: 15-14, UNM
Record in Salt Lake City: 17-9, Utah
Record at neutral site: 4-3, Utah
Record in 3 games: 14-12, UNM
Record in 4 games: 14-9, Utah
Record in 5 games: 8-1, Utah
Last 5 matches: 4-1, Utah
Last 10 matches: 9-1, Utah
Last UNM win: 9/24/05 (3-2)
Last UNM loss: 10/14/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home win: 9/24/05 (3-2)
Last UNM home loss: 10/2/04 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 11/22/96 (3-1)
Last UNM road loss: 10/14/05 (3-1)
Last UNM neutral win: 11/27/96 (3-1)
Last UNM neutral loss: 11/15/01 (3-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1996
Last UNM season swept: 2004
Last UNM shutout win: 11/17/95 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 11/1/03 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 12, 1987-1992
Longest UNM losing streak: 17, 1997-2004
Of the 65 times New Mexico and UNLV have met, the Lobos have won only seven times. The first match, a 1-0 loss, was played on Nov. 20, 1970. It took UNM 29 tries before it got its first win, a 3-2 victory in Provo on Oct. 20, 1988.The last time the Lobos were victorious over the Cougars was Oct. 13, 1995, losing 22 straight and 28 of the last 29. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 58-7, BYU
Record in Albuquerque: 25-4, BYU
Record in Provo: 26-3, BYU
Record at neutral site: 7-0, BYU
Record in 3 games: 31-1, BYU
Record in 4 games: 14-3, BYU
Record in 5 games: 4-3, BYU
Last 5 matches: 5-0, BYU
Last 10 matches: 10-0, BYU
Last UNM win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/15/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/26/91 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 9/23/05 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM road loss: 10/15/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: 9/18/82 (2-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1991
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 10/13/95 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/15/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 3, 1988-89
Longest UNM losing streak: 22, current
SCOUTING THE UTES: Utah, 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the MWC, host the Lobos on Friday night, looking to extend its win streak to 11 matches. The Utes, ranked No. 16 after their four-game win over then 16th-ranked BYU, have yet to play a match to five games. They hold win over Arkansas State, North Carolina, Fresno State, Temple, Utah State, Missouri State, Weber State, Colorado State, Air Force, UNLV, San Diego State and BYU. Their two losses came to then-ranked No. 5 Florida and then-ranked No. 14 USC.
The Utes, which finished third in the Mountain West last season but won the conference tournament, returned five starters and eight letterwinners, including MWC Freshman of the Year Airial Salvo. Utah dominates on the court, hitting .292 while holding opponents to a .106 hitting percentage. The Utes average 16.48 kills, 15.28 assists, 1.57 aces, 16.74 digs and 3.77 blocks per game compared to their opponents averages of 12.54 kills, 11.76 assists, 0.87 aces, 15.54 digs and 2.16 blocks per game.They hold the lowest opponent hitting percentage and best assists, kills, blocks and digs per game ratios in the MWC this season.
Salvo, along with Emillie Toone, Sydney Anderson and Connie Dangerfield lead the Utes. Salvo ranks first in the MWC in aces (0.46), second in kills (4.20 pg) and points (5.02 pg), sixth in digs (3.98 pg) and 10th in hitting percentage (.292). Toone is also one of the top athletes in the MWC, ranking first in blocks (2.00 pg) and third in hitting percentage (.389). Anderson is the top setter in the conference, averaging 12.32 assists per game while Dangerfield is fifth in the mWC in digs (4.13 pg).
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU, 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West, suffered its first conference loss last Friday to Utah in four games. The Cougars, who ranked No. 16, dropped to No. 19 this week. They have wins over Florida International, Central Florida, Stetson, then fourth-ranked Stanford, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Virginia Commonwealth, Arkansas, Utah State, Air Force, Colorado State, San Diego State and UNLV. Their first loss of the season came at Kansas on Sept. 7.
The Cougars, which won the regular MWC season in 2005 and fell in the tournament championship to Utah, returns six starters and 12 letterwinners, including MWC Player of the Year Lindsy Hartsock and coach of the year Jason Watson. They have out-done their opponents in every statistical category this season. BYU hits .297 and averages 15.87 kills, 14.64 assists, 1.36 aces, 14.60 digs and 2.94 blocks per game while its opponents hit .189 and average 14.47 kills, 13.06 assists, 1.23 aces, 12.66 digs and 2.02 blocks per game. The Cougars hitting percentage is the best in the conference.
Hartsock, Rachel Dyer, Erica Lott, Chelsea Goodman and Jenna Judkins lead the Cougars. Dyer leads the MWC in hitting percentage (.410) while Judkins sits third for assists (11.65 pg). Hartsock ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage (.404) and blocks (1.60 pg). Lott leads the MWC in kills (4.64 pg) and points (5.43 pg) and is fifth in hitting percentage (.336) and seventh in blocks (1.17 pg). Goodman places second in the conference in aces (0.45 pg), fourth in kills (3.86 pg) and points (4.68 pg) and ninth in digs (3.61 pg).
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RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND: Almost every member of the Lobo volleyball team set or tied a personal record against San Diego State or UNLV this past weekend. Freshman Rose Morris achieved the most, with seven. Her 14 kills and four blocks vs. SDSU along with her 14 kills, 49 atttacks, 10 digs, two aces, one assist and 16.5 points were all career highs. Classmate Allison Suiter recorded four personal bests, posting 13 kills, 24 attacks and 16 points vs. UNLV and one solo block vs. SDSU. Sophomore Joelle Ingram broke three of her career highs, notching eight blocks vs. SDSU and eight blocks, two solo blocks and 33 attacks vs. UNLV.
Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch dished out 63 assists vs. the Rebels, tying her career high set last year vs. the Aztecs. She also posted two double-doubles, bringing her season total to four of UNM's six. Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild's 19 kills and 46 attacks vs. UNLV were both career highs, as was freshman Gayle Tripp's six attacks vs. the Rebels. Junior Jennifer Heasty's five aces vs. the Aztecs tied her personal best, achieved twice before.
RAISING THE SCORE: New Mexico needed 35 points on Friday night to earn a game one win over San Diego State. The 35 points was the third most in a single game since the posted 36 against UTEP on Sept. 18, 2004. The record is 40 set at Wyoming on Nov. 14, 2003. However, it is the most points the Lobos have recorded in a single game and been victorious.
TOTALLY DIFFERENT TEAM: The Lobos have improved drastically from the beginning of the season and it showed this past weekend vs. San Diego State and UNLV. New Mexico averages 12.36 kills, 11.43 assists, 2.00 aces, 15.05 digs and 2.77 blocks per game while hitting .130. This past weekend, they hit .193 and averages 15.62 kills, 14.88 assists, 2.38 aces, 15.38 digs and 3.00 blocks.
ON THE EDGE OF GREATNESS: Senior Kelly Therkelsen is just two total blocks away from becoming the fifth Lobo in the program's history to record 300 blocks. She is 11 block assists away from 300 as well. When she achieves that feat, she will be only the second Lobos in the program's 31-year history to post 300 block assists and 300 blocks.