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Lobo Volleyball Gears Up For Rio Grande Rivalry
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/03/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 3, 2011

Lobo Volleyball – On the road for the Rio Grande Rivalry 
Who: Lobos vs. New Mexico State 
On The Air: Comcast is showing the match live on Fox Sports Arizona, Altitude Sports and ESPN3. 
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ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. -- The Lobos head to Las Cruces for the Rio Grande Rivalry match against New Mexico State. The match has a 7 p.m. start time and will be broadcast live by Comcast on Fox Sports Arizona, Altitude Sports and ESPN3.

NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: The Lobos’ record is 9-5 after winning two conference matches in a row on the road against Air Force in a sweep, 3-0, and Boise State in a heated battle, 3-1. The wins come after UNM suffered its longest losing streak of the season (two games). The Lobos are a young team still trying to find its identity, but have showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the season. UNM is hoping to ride the momentum from last week heading into its rivalry match with NMSU.

NEW MEXICO STATE AT A GLANCE: NMSU is currently 13-4 overall and is un- defeated in the WAC with a record of 3-0. The Aggies are coming off a week in which they swept the defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament Champions Utah State. Senior setter Jennah DeVries recorded a double-double with 36 assists and 13 digs in the victory. Senior libero Kelsi Phillips earned her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor after averaging 6.29 digs per set last week as the Aggies defeated Idaho and Utah State.

LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS

Ashley Rhoades is leading the Mountain West in kills per set with 4.20 and points per set with 4.96. Rhoades set a new career high in both kills (31) and points (36) in UNM’s 3-1 conference victory over Boise State on Oct. 1.

• As a team, the Lobos rank 32nd nationally in digs per set with 16.89. As an individual, Buck ranks 27th nationally with 5.16.

• Senior libero Allison Buck has moved into the top three on the UNM all-time digs list, having recorded 296 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo. She has 1,365 digs overall. Buck set a new career high in digs with 36 in UNM’s victory over Delaware on Sept. 17.

• Lobos Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck have each been named to four different all-tournament teams this season. The MCM Elegante Classic, the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, the Fiesta Bowl Classic and the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.

Rhoades Earns MW Player of the Week ... Rhoades led the Lobos to a 2-0 record last week. She hit .500 (11 kills-1 error-19 attempts) in a 3-0 win at Air Force on Sept. 29, add- ing three blocks, a service ace and a dig on the evening. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Rhoades recorded a league-high 31 kills in a 3-1 win at Boise State. She also had eight blocks and two digs in the match.

Rhoades’ 31 kills and 36 points are the most recorded by any MW player this season. The fact that she was able to put up those numbers in a conference match on the road is incredible.

Her 31 kills rank as the fourth-most ever recorded in a MW match, moving her ahead of CSU’s Jaime Strauss who had 30 kills at BYU in 2007. It is also tied for the third most kills ever recorded in UNM history. Pualine Manser had 31 kills against San Jose State on Oct. 5, 1990.

Lobos in the Mountain West ... The Lobos currently rank second in overall opponent hitting percentage (.143) and digs (16.64) in the MW. In MW matches alone, the Lobos the best in digs (18.45) per set and second in blocks (2.82) and opponent hitting percentage (.144).

Killin’ It ... Ashley Rhoades currently sits atop the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 4.20 KPS and 4.96 PPS overall in matches played so far in 2011. She set a career single-game high for kills with 31 against Boise State on Oct. 1.

Digging for Gold ... Allison Buck set a new career-high in digs with 36 in UNM’s win over Delaware Sept. 17 at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic.

Double-Double Animal Style ... Senior Kelly Williamson and sophomore Mariah Agre lead the Lobos this year in double doubles recorded. Agre is tops on the team with nine, while Williamson has five.The Lobos are 6-3 on the season when a player records a double double.

Homegrown Lobos ... Almost half of the 15 players on the UNM roster are local New Mexicans. Seven current Lobos played at high schools in the state of New Mexico. Ashley Rhoades, Chelsea McCampbell and Jayla Trombley all played at Rio Rancho HS, Chan- tale Riddle (Roswell HS), Jordan Russell (Moriarty HS), Ashley Newman (St. Pius X) and Miquella Lovato (Pojoaque HS).

Down the Road: The Lobos host a pair of Mountain West matches at home against UNLV (Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.) and San Diego State (Oct. 9, at 12 p.m.). The match against SDSU will be televised via CBS Sports Network.

Thursday, October 23
7:00 PM - 
Volleyball
vs. Nevada
Saturday, October 25
2:00 PM - 
Volleyball
vs. San Jose State
Thursday, October 30
7:00 PM - 
Volleyball
at Boise State
Saturday, November 01
7:00 PM - 
Volleyball
at Utah State
Thursday, November 06
7:00 PM - 
Volleyball
vs. UNLV
Saturday, November 08
1:00 PM - 
Volleyball
vs. San Diego State
Thursday, November 13
7:00 PM - 
Volleyball
at Wyoming
Saturday, November 15
1:00 PM - 
Volleyball
at Colorado State
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