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Lobo Volleyball Travels To Air Force And SDSU
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/27/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 27, 2009

  • Game Notes - at Air Force and San Diego State

    Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
    Matches 23-24
    at Air Force • October 29 • 7 p.m. (MT)
    Clune Arena • Colorado Springs, Colo.
    at San Diego State • October 31 • 2 p.m. (MT)
    Peterson Gym • San Diego, Calif.

    This Week ... The Lobos (14-8, 5-5 MWC) head out on the road, where UNM will be for five of the last seven matches of the season. First stop will be the Air Force Academy on Thursday, Oct. 29 for the Falcons `Pink' Night at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena. Halloween Saturday will be spent in Peterson Gym against San Diego State. Match time on Oct. 31 is set for 2 p.m. (MT) / 1 p.m. (PT).

    ** Lobo fans coming to the Air Force match on Thursday should consider wearing pink for the Academy's breast cancer awareness night. It willl be the third breast cancer awareness night in 2009 where the Lobos have been the opponent. A chance to wear the new UNM Nike pink jerseys at home is set for Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. against Utah.

    If You Can't Make It On The Road ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com. Air Force and San Diego State will supply Gametracker feeds. Assistant director of media relations Judy Willson will present the action on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jwillson10.

    Next Week ... The Lobos wrap up the home season of 2009 with Utah and BYU at Johnson Center on Nov. 5 and 7.

    QUICK HITS

    • Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 24th in the nation with an attendance average of 1,548 fans this season. It is the first time that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first 11 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 17th overall with an average of 1,888 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings.

    • Mark Your Calendars - Only 2 Home Matches Remain ... Only two home matches remain on the schedule ... 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 (14-8, 5-5 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 may come out again this week at Air Force and 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 against Air Force with 11 kills over two sets ... Junior Taylor Hadfield leads the team with 2.78 kills per set, one of five players with 1.99 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.11 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter has the most service aces this season with 23 ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.09 digs per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.05 and 1.07 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. 22 Baylor. Michaelsen and Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Meeter and 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. 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 Air Force (8-14, 0-9 MWC; UNM leads the series, 22-3, UNM has won the last 12 meetings) ... The Falcons are led by junior Caroline Kurtz with 3.19 kills per set and 25 service aces. It will be Pink Night at Clune Arena. Earlier in the season, UNM won the match in Albuquerque, 3-0 on Oct. 3. Lobo sophomore Ashley Rhoades posted a career-high 15 kills, while senior Rose Morris returned to action after missing seven matches with a finger injury.

    About San Diego State (10-10, 4-5 MWC; SDSU leads the series, 16-27, UNM has won 6 of the last 7 meetings) ... The Aztecs have five players averaging 2.00 kills per set, led by junior Lauren Salisbury with 2.65 kps and a .358 hitting percentage. Setter Lauren Van Orden leads the league with 11.15 assists per set. Earlier in the season, UNM set a season-high in attendance (2,338) for a 3-0 win over SDSU in Albuquerque. Junior Taylor Hadfield led the Lobos with 12 kills, followed by Ashley Rhoades with 11.

    Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings were released Monday afternoon and the Lobos are sitting at 50, third 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 50 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 57. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.

    Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne is four blocks away from taking over second place on the UNM career total blocks list. Earlier this season, in addition to picking up the first all-tournament MVP honor of her career, Lehne 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. Anna Lehne	333	2006-present
    4. Linda Archuleta	326	1980-82, `84
    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. Anna Lehne	71	2006-present
    7. Robyn Wentworth	68	1992-94
        Shannon Vessup	68	1981, `83
        Laurel Luman	68	1990-93
    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	262	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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