Holding Court With ... Gayle Tripp
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/24/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 24, 2008

2008 Lobo Volleyball Blog

Each week during the 2008 season a different Lobo will fill you in on what is going on in the life of the New Mexico Volleyball Team. Look for a new blog each Monday throughout the season.

November 24 - Gayle Tripp, senior libero, Rio Rancho, N.M.

Dear greatest fans ever,

It's a great time to be a Lobo! With the Holidays rolling around and the weather only getting colder, what a great time in the year to love life, appreciate friends and family, and know that your favorite Lobo team may be a contender for the first time in 14 years at the 2008 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

I don't know about you, but the only position better than being a supporter or fan of this team, in my eyes, is being on the court for you. We're ready to fight and make the season last as long as possible for you, this community, and for the University. Getting the University of New Mexico a berth into the NCAA tournament after over a decade has always been a goal of mine as a player. But after this year, it should be installed as an expectation. With fans like you-whether you are a relative or simply a Lobo volleyball supporter- we could not have accomplished what we have, being 21-6 and finishing third, the highest ever, in the Mountain West Conference, without you. Thank you for finding time in the craziness of life to devote passion and cheer to something we love, Lobo Volleyball.

It wouldn't be such a great time to be a Lobo without that crushing win over the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. The best way to end conference happened Friday night in Johnson Center relentlessly beating TCU 3-0. The week prior was one of motivation, preparation, and focusing on an opponent we needed to beat, and boy did we beat them well.

Unfortunately, the week began sadly when Steve Hendricks, our assistant coach, told us he would be leaving town because his father had passed away. With the unconditional respect and care we have for Steve and his family, we knew flowers and cards could only mean so much. More so we knew a few things would serve as somewhat assuring to him - working hard in the gym, fighting hard to keep getting better, and having a ton of fun by beating TCU. For the entire week we prepared, fought, and won in dedication to Steve as we only continue to pray for and think of him in this difficult time.

During the week we were also fortunate to host some recruits and expose them to Lobo volleyball! We hope to see and hear from them more in their journey to play college volleyball.

As far as practice was concerned it was a normal week, except Wednesday was a fun little mix-up by the coaches. Instead of a regular team practice like the usual 2:30-5:30 with ice baths following :(, it was only a passers and setters practice. The hitters, except Rose and Jeanne, had the day off to relax their big guns for Friday's beat-down of TCU! After practice instead of watching film in the teamroom, we took the projector to Allie Suiter's house with the Saggios pizza the coaches provided as well. We watched film in Allie's humble abode, pizza in hand, while strategizing what it would take to beat our conference rival, and travel partner, TCU. Since we proved successful Friday night, maybe, just maybe, the coaches should use this same Wednesday routine for future matches - just a thought!

As we prepare to fight into the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, I ask you to continue supporting Lobo Volleyball and we will continue fighting to represent this outstanding fan base!

Come check us out Friday at 6 p.m. in Johnson Center because there is a going to be a certain team in town that we are going to play, and you won't want to miss it. And don't forget about Senior Day on Saturday at 3 p.m. against VCU.

It has been a pleasure to play for this community and I want to make it last as long as possible. Stay upbeat and hopeful that Sunday brings us the best Christmas present of all, a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Go Lobos!!

Gayle Tripp

Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)
Friday, August 28
8:00 AM - 
at Belmont
3:00 PM - 
at Albany
Saturday, August 29
5:00 PM - 
at Ball State