Sept. 17, 2009
Up Next - Lobo Volleyball
Matches 10-12 at Arizona Invitational by Marriott University Park
September 19 2 p.m. (MT) vs. UTEP
September 19 8 p.m. (MT) at Arizona
September 20 2 p.m. (MT) vs. Tulane
McKale Center Tucson, Ariz.
This Week: The Lobos (7-2, 0-1 MWC) leave Friday for the Arizona Invitational by Marriott University Park, Sept. 19-20. The Lobos will face UTEP and host No. 21 Arizona on Saturday with a single match on Sunday against Tulane. It will be homecoming for setter Jade Michaelsen, a Salpointe Catholic HS graduate from Tucson.
If You Can't Make It To Tucson: Lobo fans have a couple of options to follow the UNM volleyball team in Tucson this weekend through GoLobos.com and Twitter. Fans can follow GameTracker links on the GoLobos.com front page Events schedule and the Schedule link at the top of the Lobo Volleyball GoLobos.com page. Video of the Arizona match is available at www.arizonaathletics.com. UNM volleyball media relations director Judy Willson will Twitter during the matches in Tucson - follow along at http://twitter.com/jwillson10.
Next Week: UNM continues Mountain West Conference action on the road at Colorado State, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m., and Wyoming, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Thursday night's match in Fort Collins will be televised on The Mtn.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 18th in the nation with an attendance average of 1,401 fans over the first three weeks of the season. It is the first time since 1996 that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first seven 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 1,911 vs. Baylor on Sept. 11. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 11th overall with an average of 1,987 fans per match. New Mexico finished the 2008 season ranked 20th in the national attendance rankings.
Michaelsen Earns Third All-Tournament Team honor; Morris also on All-Tournament Team ... Lobo team captains Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the Comcast Lobo Challenge All-Tournament Team over the weekend. For Michaelsen, it is her third all-tournament team honor of the season. Morris, making her first appearance of the season on an all-tournament team, had a solid weekend with a career-high 20 kills vs. Baylor on Friday night. She finished the tournament with 11 kills, and a trip to the emergency room for a finger injury late in the fourth set, against Pitt.
About New Mexico (7-2, 0-1 MWC) ... The Lobos started MWC play on the wrong foot with a 3-1 loss to TCU on Wednesday night ... Junior Lisa Meeter leads the team with 2.69 kills and 3.20 points per set, one of four players with 2.00 or more kps on the season. Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 9.91 per set. Sophomore Amy Wong and Meeter are 1-2 in service aces with 13 and 12 each. On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the MWC with a 4.43 average, while sophomore Ashley Rhoades leads UNM in blocking with 1.07 per set ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 24 Baylor. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Jade Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Lisa Meeter and Allison 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. Anna 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 Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.
About UTEP (7-3, 0-0 Conference USA; hosting Tulane Thursday night; UNM leads the series, 31-8) ... The Miners begin Conference USA action on Thursday night against Tulane, also playing in the Arizona Invitational, in El Paso. UTEP, under the direction of head coach Ken Murphy, is coming off its second tournament championship of the season, the Bradley CEFCU Invitational. Senior Amy Sanders is ranked 47th in the nation, averaging 4.03 kills per set this season. Sanders is on pace to become the Miners all-time career kill leader after moving into second over the weekend.
About No. 21 Arizona (8-0, 0-0 Pac 10; UA leads the series, 10-5) ... The Wildcats moved up in the national rankings after winning the Santa Clara Invitational last weekend with wins over Santa Clara and Utah. UA, under the direction of David Rubio, is off to its best start since 1998. Outside hitters Tiffany Owens and Dana Hutchinson lead the UA offense with 3.50 and 2.85 kills per set, respectively. Both players also lead 1-2 in digs,w hile Hutchison leads in aces per set at 0.35.
About Tulane (3-3, 0-0 Conference USA; playing at UTEP Thursday night; First meeting between UNM and Tulane) ... The Green Wave, under the direction of first year head coach Sinisa Momic, begin defense of their 2008 Conference USA regular season and post-season tournament titles on Thursday night at UTEP before heading west down I-10 for the UA Invitational. Sophomore outside hitter Visnja Djurdjevic leads the squad with 4.05 kills per set, while senior setter Rachel Lindelow has a team-best 9.38 assist-per-set average. Senior libero Jenn Miller paces the club with 4.32 digs per contest and junior middle blocker Lindsey Shepard headlines the team with 1.18 blocks per outing.