Lobo Volleyball Travels To UNLV And San Diego State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/06/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 6, 2007

New Mexico at UNLV and SDSU Game NotesGet Acrobat Reader

Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Matches #26-27
Friday, Nov. 9 • 8 p.m. (MST)
Cox Pavilion • Las Vegas, Nev.
at San Diego State
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 8 p.m. (MST)
Peterson Gym • San Diego, Calif.

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

Against UNLV: The Lobos lost to UNLV, 3-1 on Oct. 13 at the Johnson Center. The Rebels lead the series 12-6 and have won six consecutive matches in Las Vegas. The last time New Mexico beat UNLV in Las Vegas was Sept. 28, 2000.

Against San Diego State: The Lobos beat San Diego State, 3-0 on Oct. 12. The Aztecs hold a 27-12 series lead. SDSU has won seven consecutive matches in San Diego. The last time UNM won at SDSU is Nov. 19, 1999.

Up Next: The Lobos wrap up the regular season by hosting nationally-ranked Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Admission is FREE.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo volleyball crowds at the Johnson Center continue to increase as the season progresses and the team brings new excitement to the court. The Lobos have had six consecutive home crowds of over 1,000 fans. A season-high 1,427 watched the Lobos take on BYU on Friday, Nov. 2.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 4-6 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, Arizona State, and BYU. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.

• Tripp Keeps On Digging ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp has 1,089 digs on the season, moving into third place on the UNM career digs list. She needs just 25 to move into second place.

• In Case Of A Tie ... With the Mountain West standings still up in the air going into the last two weeks of the season, there is a possibility that New Mexico could end up tied with another team. In case of a two-way tie, the first tie break will be head-to-head match record, followed by head-to-head game record, then head-to-head point total. If not broken after those three steps, the conference office will draw for the seed.

UNLV IN 2007: The Rebels are currently tied for first place in the MWC at 10-2 with Colorado State. Overall, UNLV is 19-3 and on an eight-match winning streak. Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes lead the team with 4.51 and 4.40 kills, respectively, for a powerful 1-2 punch. Miramontes also leads the team defensively with 1.12 blocks per game. Cox Pavilion will be the site of the 2007 Mountain West Conference Tournament, Nov. 21-24.


UNM Category UNLV 15-10 Record 19-3 6-7 MWC Record 10-2 6th MWC Place t1st .215 Hitting % .247 .169 Opp Hit % .178 15.05 Kills/G 16.92 13.89 Assists/G 15.55 2.69 Blocks/G 2.38 1.54 Aces/G 1.14 14.81 Digs/G 19.78

Top Individuals UNM UNLV Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .237, Fairchild/Lehne .298, Lauren Miramontes Kills/G: 4.82, Jeanne Fairchild 4.51, Maria Aladjova Assists/G: 8.32, Jade Michaelsen 13.13, Melody Nua Aces/G: 0.37, Lisa Meeter 0.28, Camille Cunningham Blocks/G: 1.16, Anna Lehne 1.12, Lauren Miramontes Digs/G: 4.36, Gayle Tripp 5.81, Jada Walker Points/G: 5.26, Jeanne Fairchild 5.17, Lauren Miramontes

SAN DIEGO STATE IN 2007: The Aztecs are looking forward to some home matches this week after spending the last four weeks on the road or chased of campus to avoid wildfires. SDSU is currently in eighth place in the MWC at 4-8. Overall, the Aztecs are 12-11 and 1-6 over the last seven matches. Top hitter Stephanie Darnell is out for the season after suffering a broken leg against TCU, the day after the Aztecs lost to UNM in Albuquerque.


UNM Category SDSU 15-10 Record 12-11 6-7 MWC Record 4-8 6th MWC Place 8th .215 Hitting % .206 .169 Opp Hit % .213 15.05 Kills/G 14.42 13.89 Assists/G 13.09 2.69 Blocks/G 3.06 1.54 Aces/G 1.19 14.81 Digs/G 16.40

Top Individuals UNM SDSU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .237, Fairchild/Lehne .323, Lauren Salisbury Kills/G: 4.82, Jeanne Fairchild 2.81, Lindsey Mahan Assists/G: 8.32, Jade Michaelsen 6.13, Leah Lathrop Aces/G: 0.37, Lisa Meeter 0.32, Leah Lathrop Blocks/G: 1.16, Anna Lehne 1.31, Lauren Salisbury Digs/G: 4.36, Gayle Tripp 6.23, Aime Cordeiro Points/G: 5.26, Jeanne Fairchild 3.58, Lindsey Mahan

Nov. 2, vs. BYU, L, 0-3

New Mexico outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild recorded 16 kills Friday night at the Johnson Center, but it wasn't enough to stop BYU as the Cougars won, 30-28, 30-26, 30-22. The Lobos battled through Game One, staying even with BYU until 26-26. Attack errors and a service error by the Lobos gave BYU a 29-27 lead. The Cougars finished the game on a kill by Rachel Dyer, 30-28. Game Two started out positively with UNM taking a 3-1 lead. But BYU held serve for a 4-0 run to build a 9-5 lead. The Lobos battled back, closing to within one at 16-15 on a BYU attack error. BYU kept the Lobos at arms length at 24-18. UNM was able to close the gap, again, at 28-26, but a Lobo attack error and a kill by Dyer gave BYU the win 30-26. BYU took a 7-3 lead in Game Three but UNM got back in the hunt with a kill by Lisa Meeter at 11-9. Kelsi Phillips held serve to put the Lobos ahead 13-11 on a 4-0 run. BYU got the lead back at 17-16. UNM stayed within one or two points up to 23-21. Then BYU went on a 5-0 run to build the lead to 28-21. A service error by the Lobos and a kill by Bryn Porter gave BYU the match, 30-22. In addition to Fairchild's 16 kills, Meeter had 12 kills in the match. Jade Michaelsen had 29 assists to go along with 11 from Sarah Kwasigroch. Gayle Tripp had 14 digs on the night, upping her career total to 1,074. She is 40 away from moving into second place on the Lobo all-time career digs list.

Nov. 3, vs. Utah, L, 1-3
New Mexico freshman Lisa Meeter had a career-high 26 kills, to go along with three service aces, as the Lobos lost to Mountain West Conference foe Utah, 30-28, 25-30, 30-24, 30-24, Saturday night at the Johnson Center. In Game One, the Lobos played tight with Utah until the 18-18 mark. The Utes went on a 5-0 run to build a 23-18 lead. New Mexico fought back to tie the game at 27 on a kill by Jade Michaelsen. But attack errors by the Lobos and a kill by Lori Baird gave Utah the 30-28 win. Meeter had 10 of her 26 kills in Game Two to get the Lobos even with Utah going into the intermission. The Lobos jumped out to a 9-3 lead behind the serve of Jade Michaelsen with three aces in the stretch. UNM did not give up the lead for the rest of the game, even when Utah closed to within one at 25-24. Meeter recorded three kills late in the game to get UNM the 30-25 win. Game Three saw Utah take a 13-5 lead and keep UNM at bay. The Lobos closed to within two at 21-19 on a Ute attack error. Utah went on to win, 30-24. Game Four started out the same with Utah taking a 10-5 lead. The closest UNM would get was 22-19 on a kill by Meeter. Utah took the match win, 30-24, moving into a tie for fourth with TCU in Mountain West action. In addition to Meeter's 26 kills, Jeanne Fairchild had 18 on the night. Michaelsen had 45 assists and three service aces, while Kelsi Phillips led the team with 17 digs. Junior Gayle Tripp inched closer to second place on the Lobos all-time career digs list with 15 on the night. Her career total stands at 1,089, needing just 25 to move into the next spot on the list.

LOBO MID-SEASON RPI, OFFICIALLY ... On Friday, Oct. 12, the NCAA released the official mid-season RPI rankings ... The Lobos are ranked 44th in the nation and fifth in the Mountain West.

LOBO RPI, UNOFFICIALLY ... National volleyball guru Rich Kern publishes a weekly RPI, along with the Pablo RPI, both unofficial rating systems that are similar to the RPI system that the NCAA Volleyball Committee will use in November to select the field of 64 teams ... The Lobos are currently ranked 63rd in the Pablo ranking and 52nd in the Rich Kern ranking ... The tendancy is for teams to be in the top 60 to have a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

RED CROSS UNIT ... The Lobos training room has been a little busy heading into the last part of the season ... Joelle Ingram - ankle (out) ... Jeanne Fairchild - foot (day-to-day) ... Kerri Beck - shoulder (day-to-day).

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with 11 this season ... Redshirt freshman setter Jade Michaelsen recorded the first two double-doubles of her career at Utah and BYU.

Lisa Meeter (11)
Aug. 25	vs. San Jose State	18 kills-15 digs
Aug. 31	at Arizona State	13 kills-19 digs
Sept. 1	vs. Northern Arizona	10 kills-10 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Northern Colorado	11 kills-16 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Bowling Green	11 kills-10 digs
Sept. 8	vs. Gonzaga	18 kills-14 digs
Sept. 15	at Colorado State	12 kills-10 digs
Sept. 20	vs. Air Force	11 kills-12 digs
Sept. 21	vs. Wyoming	14 kills-16 digs
Sept. 28	vs. TCU	14 kills-11 digs
Oct. 6	at No. 23 BYU	14 kills-15 digs

Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs

Jade Michaelsen (3) Oct. 5 at Utah 27 assists-12 digs Oct. 6 at No. 23 BYU 38 assists-11 digs Oct. 26 at TCU 43 assists-12 digs

1,000 DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into second place on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Tripp joined the UNM 1,000-Dig Club on Saturday, Oct. 13, against UNLV. She now has 1,089 career digs, placing her third on the career list. She needs just 25 to move all the way into second place past Tania Gooley (1,113; 1991-94). Tripp is the eighth player to record 1,000+ digs in Mountain West Conference history. She is one of eight active players in the league with 1,000+.
	UNM Career Digs
	1. Sharon Browning	1,504	1989-92
	2. Tania Gooley	1,113	1991-94
	3. Gayle Tripp	1,089	2005-present
	4. Alicia Bergmann	1,059	1992-95
	5. Maria Gurreri	1,048	1987-90
	    Gretchen Gegenfurtner	1,048	1993-96
	7. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo	1,020	1986-89
	8. Paula Feathers	1,019	1995-98
	9. Nana Allison	1,005	1996-99
	    Janelle Torres	1,005	1996-99

MOVING MOUNTAINS ... The Lobos have tied their highest win total in Mountain West Conference play at six. The 2005 team recorded six MWC wins on the season. UNM will have a chance to set a new mark on Friday at UNLV.

WINNING WAYS ... New Mexico's 15 overall wins is the highest total by a Lobo team since joining the Mountain West in 1999. The Lobos recorded 14 wins in 2005 (14-14).

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 141 aces on the season, compared to only 94 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team and is second in the Mountain West Conference with 35 (0.38 per game) on the season ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 and again at No. 15 San Diego ... Kerri 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 ... Setter Jade Michaelsen had a career-high three aces against Utah on Nov. 3.

ASSISTS BY SARAH, NOW OVER 2,500 ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,521, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 320 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	2,521	2005-present
	8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
STREAK IS NOW 1 ... The Lobos are trying to end some ominous streaks this season ... On Oct. 6, UNM won for the first time at BYU since Oct. 13, 1995, with a 3-1 win ... The Lobos ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming on Sept. 21 with a hard fought, 3-0 win.

NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.

A FIRST ... The Lobo 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.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-3 non-conference record ranks among the top 10 in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700.

	1.	1986	.875 (14-2)
	2.	1989	.867 (13-2)
	3.	1988	.833 (15-3)
	4.	1983	.793 (23-6)
	5.	1990	.789 (15-4)
	6.	2007	.750 (9-3)
	7.	1992	.688 (11-5)
		1994	.688 (11-5)
	9.	1993	.667 (10-5)
		2005	.667 (8-4)
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
PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos started the season with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish to begin 2007 ... 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 ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.

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. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.

HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award 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.