Oct. 9, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (6-12, 2-5 MWC) visit Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Oct. 13, looking to end a three-match losing streak. The match vs. TCU (14-6, 3-4 MWC), at 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT, is the midway point for the Mountain West Conference season. CSTV's GameTracker is available on the Lobos' official website, www.GoLobos.com, and TCU's official website, www.GoFrogs.com. The Horned Frogs also offer links to live audio and video.
New Mexico looks to even the season series vs. New Mexico State on Sunday as it plays its final non-conference match of the season. The contest is slated for 1 p.m. in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center. The Aggies won the showdown in Albuquerque on Sept. 11, 3-0. Live audio is available on NMSU's official website, www.NMStateSports.com. Windows Media Player is required.
IN THE PAST: The brief series between New Mexico and TCU has been favorable to the Lobos, who hold a 4-0 lead. The two programs met for the first time in 1996 with the Lobos getting a 3-0 win in Albuquerque on Oct. 5 and then another 3-0 victory in Fort Worth on Nov. 1. Last year UNM held on for a five-game win at TCU after rallied from an 0-2 deficit. The Lobos then celebrated their seniors' final home match with a shutout over the Horned Frogs in Johnson Center on Nov. 4. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 4-0, UNM
Record in Albuquerque: 2-0, UNM
Record in Fort Worth: 2-0, UNM
Record at neutral site: n/a
Record in 3 games: 3-0, UNM
Record in 4 games: n/a
Record in 5 games: 1-0, UNM
Last 5 matches: 4-0, UNM
Last 10 matches: 4-0, UNM
Last UNM win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: n/a
Last UNM home win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home loss: n/a
Last UNM road win: 10/8/05 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: n/a
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: n/a
Last UNM season sweep: 2005
Last UNM season swept: n/a
Last UNM shutout win: 11/4/05 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: n/a
Longest UNM win streak: 4, current
Longest UNM losing streak: n/a
ARCHENEMY: No matter what sport it is, New Mexico State has always been viewed as New Mexico's biggest rival. The Aggies, just a short drive down I-25, have fueled the flames even more with their recent dominance over the Lobos. NMSU, which has won seven in a row and 10 of the last 11, hold a 34-23 series advantage. Of the last five contests, three have been shutouts in favor of the Aggies and none have gone to five games. Below is the complete series breakdown:
Series Record: 34-23, NMSU
Record in Albuquerque: 13-10, UNM
Record in Las Cruces: 13-8, NMSU
Record at neutral site: 2-1, UNM
Record in 3 games: 12-11, NMSU
Record in 4 games: 6-6
Record in 5 games: 5-5
Last 5 matches: 5-0, NMSU
Last 10 matches: 9-1, NMSU
Last UNM win: 9/24/02 (3-2)
Last UNM loss: 11/4/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home win: 9/24/02 (3-2)
Last UNM home loss: 11/4/05 (3-1)
Last UNM road win: 10/25/89 (3-0)
Last UNM road loss: 8/29/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 9/2/90 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral loss: 9/5/81 (2-1)
Last UNM season sweep: 1998
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 9/21/98 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 9/11/06 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 9, 1988-98
Longest UNM losing streak: 7, 2003-current
SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS: TCU, 14-6 overall and 3-4 in the MWC, host the Lobos on Friday night, looking to extend its two-match losing streak. The Horned Frogs, who lost at No. 19 BYU and No. 16 Utah, respectively, started the season 13-2 but have dropped four of their last five. They hold wins over Loyola, South Carolina, Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Boise State, Elon, Navy, UAB, North Texas, Davidson, Centenary, Texas State, Wyoming and Air Force. TCU has been bested by UT-Arlington, Ole Miss, Colorado State, UNLV, BYU and Utah.
TCU, which finished eighth in its first season as a member of the Mountain West, returned five starters and 10 letterwinners from the 2005 team. The Horned Frogs dominate their opponents on the court, hitting .231 while holding opponents to a .178 hitting percentage. They average 15.04 kills, 13.73 assists, 2.26 aces, 15.71 digs and 2.39 blocks per game compared to their opponents averages of 12.73 kills, 11.63 assists, 1.58 aces, 14.35 digs and 1.71 blocks per game.They hold the best aces per game average in the conference.
Anna Vaughn, Nirelle Hampton and Calli Corley lead TCU, ranking among the best in the MWC this season. Vaughn sits fourth in the conference in points (4.52 pg) and hitting percentage (.341) and seventh in kills (3.59 pg) and aces (0.37). Hampton is tied for second in the Mountain West for aces per game (0.41) and is fifth in assists per game (10.82). Corley ranks third in the MWC in digs, averaging 4.65 per game.
REVIEWING THE AGGIES: New Mexico State, 19-1 overall and 4-1 in the WAC, crawled back into the AVCA top-25 poll this week after falling out last week with a 3-2 loss at unranked Nevada. NMSU, ranked No. 25, wraps up a three-match homestand, hosting the Lobos on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Aggies have wins over Eastern Michigan, Sacramento State, Texas Tech, Florida A&M, Wyoming, Idaho State, San Diego, Akron, Lamar, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Idaho, Boise State, Utah State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and two against UTEP.
NMSU commands each match it plays, going 13-0 in three-game contests. Hitting .301 as a team, the Aggies hold their opponents to just a .101 hitting percentage. Their per-game averages overwhelm their opponents. NMSU averages 15.93 kills, 14.39 assists, 2.21 aces, 15.83 digs and 2.94 blocks compared to 11.19 kills, 9.74 asssits, 1.19 aces, 11.84 digs and 1.64 blocks.
Five different Aggies who play every game hit over .300, including Amber Simpson and Kim Oguh, who hit over .400. Simpson hits a team-high .426, averaging 3.39 kills and 1.36 blocks per game. Oguh, hitting .417, averages 2.87 kills and 1.36 blocks per game. Alice Border, hitting .308, averages a team-high 3.81 kills and 0.46 aces per game. Jackie Choi, who averages 12.09 assists per game, hits .317 with 1.04 kills and 1.76 digs per game.