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Lobo Volleyball Hosts MCM Elegante Lobo Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/25/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 25, 2009

  • MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Game Notes
  • MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Tournament Central

    This Week in Lobo Volleyball
    Matches 1-3
    Aug. 28 vs. Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
    Aug. 29 vs. Portland State, 1 p.m.
    Aug. 29 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7:30 p.m.
    Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

    This Week: The Lobos host the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic on Aug. 28-29. Guests will be the University of Delaware, Portland State University and UC Santa Barbara. The Lobos have faced all three teams in the past, tying Delaware 1-1 and UC Santa Barbara 2-2, while Portland State leads the series, 2-1.

    Live Stats, Video: Live statistics (Gametracker) and videostreaming (Lobo TV/All Access) are available on GoLobos.com. Game tracker is free, while Lobo TV (All Access) is a monthly or annual subscription.

    MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Schedule:
    Friday, Aug. 28 - 1st 200 into the Delaware match get a Lobo volleyball schedule bottle!
    5 p.m. - Portland State vs. UC Santa Barbara
    7:30 p.m. - UNM vs. Delaware

    Saturday, Nov. 29
    10:30 a.m. - UC Santa Barbara vs. Delaware
    1 p.m. - UNM vs. Portland State
    5 p.m. - Delaware vs. Portland State
    7:30 p.m. - UNM vs. UC Santa Barbara

    QUICK HITS

    • The Debut of Big Louie ... The volleyball team's new mascot, Big Louie, will make his debut on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.

    • Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico finished the 2008 season ranked 20th in the national attendance rankings. UNM averaged 1,570 fans over the 13 home matches of the 2008 season. The Lobos' season-high 2,381 fans showed up on Nov. 28 against New Mexico State. The Lobos are second in the MWC behind Colorado State in 11th with 2,387 fans per match.

    • Michaelsen Named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year ... University of New Mexico setter Jade Michaelsen has been named the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Co-Volleyball Player of the Year, along with Colorado State's Tessa Nelson. The Lobos were picked third in the MWC Preseason Poll with 112 points and three first-place votes, the highest MWC preseason ranking ever for New Mexico.

    About New Mexico (0-0, 0-0 MWC) ... 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 Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and senior Rose Morris are the team captains for 2009.

    About Delaware (0-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletics Association) ... The Blue Hens are a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, representing the CAA. Delaware was 19-16 overall and 9-5 in conference play for third place and won the conference tournament title for the second straight season. Coached by Bonnie Kenny, UD has been picked first in the 2009 CAA Preseason Poll. The Blue Hens returns five starters from last season's team, including all-conference performers Steph Barry, Katie Dennehy and Kim Stewart.

    About Portland State (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky Conference) ... The Vikings are a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, their first-ever apperance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Portland State was 20-9 overall and 11-5 in Big Sky play for second place and won the Big Sky tournament title. Third-year head coach Michael Seeman's Vikings return six starters led by all-Big Sky performers Nique Fradella and Marija Vojnovic. Portland State was picked to win the Big Sky Conference

    About UC Santa Barbara (0-0, 0-0 Big West Conference) ... The Gauchos are led by volleyball legend Kathy Gregory. Gregory is in her 35th season as the head coach at UCSB with a 809-362 record. UCSB finished the 2008 season with an 11-16 overall mark and 7-9 in Big West action. The Gauchos have been picked fifth in the Big West Preseason Poll. Top returners for UCSB are Rebecca Saraceno, Dana Vargas and Lily Lopez.

    Setting Records ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen is expected to crack the Top 10 on the UNM career assists list this weekend during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Michaelsen, from Tucson, Ariz., is currently 60 assists away from taking over 10th place held by former Lobo All-American Pauline Manser.

    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. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,634	2005-09
    8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
    9. Kelly Griffin	2,096	1999-01
    10. Pauline Manser	1,987	1988-91
    Moving Up:  Jade Michaelsen - 1,928	2007-present
    

    Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne should also move onto the UNM career Top 10 lists for blocking - total blocks, block solos and block assists - over the weekend. 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. Laurel Luman	320	1990-93
    5. Robyn Wentworth	313	1992-94
    6. Tammy Lansford	299	1987-90
        Pauline Manser	299	1988-91
        Zhao Lu	299	1995-96
    9. Amber Smith	258	1996-99
    10. Kristine Butler	256	1993-96
    Moving Up:  Anna Lehne - 253	2006-present
    

    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. Kelly Knowles	62	1980-82
    10. Kim Hicks	59	1980-81, `83
    Moving Up:  Anna Lehne - 54		2006-present
    

    UNM Career Block Assists

    1. Chelsea Sondrup	433	2002-05
    2. Kelly Therkelsen	326	2003-06
    3. Laurel Luman	252	1990-93
    4. Zhao Lu	249	1995-98
    5. Robyn Wentworth	245	1992-94
    6. Pauline Manser	223	1988-91
    7. Vanessa Shields	216	1998-02
    8. Tammy Lansford	213	1987-90
    9. Kristine Butler	207	1993-96
    10. Linda Archuleta	206	1980-82, `84
    Moving Up:  Anna Lehne - 199	2006-present
    
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