Lobo Volleyball to Host Comcast Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/06/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 6, 2007

Comcast Lobo Invitational Game Notes
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Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Matches #9-11 - Comcast Lobo Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8
Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 7
10:45 a.m. - Gonzaga vs. Bowling Green
1 p.m. - New Mexico vs. Northern Colorado
5:15 p.m. - Northern Colorado vs. Gonzaga
7:30 p.m. - New Mexico vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, Sept. 8
1 p.m. - Bowling Green vs. Northern Colorado
3:30 p.m. - New Mexico vs. Gonzaga

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Against The Field: New Mexico is 4-4 against the Comcast Lobo Invitational field. Northern Colorado holds a 4-1 advantage in the series with UNM, while the Lobos hold a 3-0 lead on Gonzaga. It will be the first meeting between UNM and Bowling Green.

Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team begins Mountain West Conference competition on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Colorado State. Match time in Fort Collins is set for 7 p.m.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-1 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State, and a loss to No. 28 New Mexico State. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

• Tournament Honors, Again ... All-America candidate Jeanne Fairchild was named the MVP of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge, her second MVP honor of the season, while junior middle blocker Kerri Beck was also named to the all-tourney team. The week before Fairchild was named MVP of the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, while teammates Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the all-tournament team.

• Looking for No. 250 ... Head coach Jeff Nelson has a chance to get his 250th coaching victory this weekend. Nelson is currently 249-148 in his 13th season as a head coach.

LOBOS AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO: The Bears, under the direction of head coach Lyndsey Benson, are 2-5 on the season. Sophomore outside hitter Kenzie Shreeve leads the team with 3.40 kills per game, followed closely by senior outside hitter Dulcie Stone with 3.12 per game. Junior Lauren Carter is the lead setter for UNC with 7.88 assists per game. Senior libero Abby Mayne leads the team in digs with 4.38 per game.

LOBOS AGAINST BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons, under the direction of head coach Denise Van De Walle, are 4-3 on the season and will be travelling for the third weekend in a row to start the 2007 season. Sophomore outside hitter Corey Domek leads BGSU with 3.46 kills per game. The Falcons have two setters averaging over six assists per game - junior Meghan Mohr (7.16 pg) and freshman Sam Fish (6.44 pg). Junior libero Chelsey Meek leads the Falcons with 6.19 digs per game.

LOBOS AGAINST GONZAGA: The Bulldogs, under the direction of Kip Yoshimura, are 5-3 on the season and on a three-match winning streak. Junior middle blocker Elaina Renius leads Gonzaga with 3.42 kills per game. Senior setter Heather Dunn leads the squad with 12.12 assists per game, while providing defense with 3.15 digs per game. Senior outside hitter Becky Jones leads the team with 3.27 digs per game.

A FIRST ... The Lobos win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.

HONORING FAIRCHILD ... Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild has been named the Most Valuable Player of each tournament the Lobos have participated in this season - MCM Elegante Lobo Classic and Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge ... An All-America candidate, Fairchild will attempt to make it three in a row when New Mexico hosts the Comcast Lobo Invitational this weekend.

PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship.

ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge.

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with three so far this season ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch follows close with two.

Lisa Meeter (3)	Aug. 25	San Jose State	18 kills-15 digs
Aug. 31	Arizona State	13 kills-19 digs
Sept. 1	Northern Arizona	10 kills-10 digs
Sarah Kwasigroch (2)	Aug. 24	Florida Atlantic	27 assists-10 digs
Aug. 31	Arizona State	19 assists-16 digs
LOOKING FOR NO. 250 ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 249th career win on Saturday, Sept. 1, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Arizona and the championship of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Nelson gets a chance at No. 250 on Friday, Sept. 7 against Northern Colorado.

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos are on a tear from the service line with 59 aces on the season, the most by any team in the Mountain West Conference by 14 total aces ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 13 on the season, followed closely by junior Kerri Beck with 12 ... Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.

ASSISTS BY SARAH ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the UNM list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,098 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,266, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 575 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.

UNM Career Assists
1. Janelle Tores	3,794	1996-99
2. Alicia Bergmann	3,283	1992-95
3. Sharon Browning	3,214	1989-92
4. Jocelyn Funk	3,153	1983-86
5. Karen Saavedra-Warnock	2,845	1985-88
6. Monica Meihack	2,840	2002-04
7. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,266	2005-present
8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
TO BE THE BEST, PLAY THE BEST ... New Mexico will play 11 matches this season against eight opponents who competed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament this season. So far, the Lobos are 3-1 against the group with wins over Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State, and a loss to No. 28 New Mexico State. San Diego will be the remaining non-conference participant on Sept. 24, while the other three `06 participants are in the Mountain West - BYU, Utah, and Colorado State.

UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos made history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.

UNM Best Starts
1.	1988	15-0
2.	1986	10-0
1990	10-0
4.	2007	7-0
5.	1989	5-0
6.	1994	4-0
HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the University of New Mexico was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.

LAST TIME OUT ... Sept. 4 at New Mexico State, 1-3 The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough match to New Mexico State, 29-31, 30-23, 30-17, 30-28. The Lobos are now 7-1 on the season. In Game One, the teams tied 13 times before New Mexico took the lead for good. The teams tied at 29, then Jeanne Fairchild got the lead for the Lobos on a kill. Fairchild and Kerri Beck blocked an Aggie attack for the game-winner, 31-29. The start of Game Two looked familiar for the Lobos as the Aggies built a seven-point lead, 11-4. But New Mexico chipped away at the lead and closed to within two, 21-19, on a service ace by Kelsi Phillips. But the Aggies built the lead back, winning 30-23. The Aggies came out of the intermission ready to go, continually building a lead in Game Three without letting the Lobos get back in range, 30-17. Game Four looked like it belonged to the Lobos as they took the lead, 14-13 and held it to 24-23. NMSU took the lead 25-24 on an attack error by Jeanne Fairchild. The Lobos took advantage of several Aggie attack errors, closing to within one, 28-27. But UNM errors gave the Aggies the match-win, 30-28.

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