Oct. 9, 2007
Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
vs. San Diego State
Friday, Oct. 12 7 p.m.
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
Saturday, Oct. 13 7 p.m.
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Against San Diego State: The Aztecs hold a 27-11 lead in the series with New Mexico. SDSU has won 14 of the last 16 meetings between the two schools. The Lobos have won two of the last three meetings in the Johnson Center.
Against UNLV: The Lobos and Rebels have met on a more consistent basis since 1999, after just three previous meetings since 1985. UNLV holds an 11-6 series lead. The Lobos will be trying to stop a six-match losing streak to the Rebels.
Up Next: The Lobos head up I-25 to Laramie and Colorado Springs. It will be the start of the second round of MWC competition. UNM will face Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and follow with Air Force on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
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. As the University celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Johnson Center on Friday, Sept. 28, a crowd of 1,223 made their voices heard as the Lobos put away TCU in three games.
Lobo League Night/Junior Lobo Club Night ... will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. against San Diego State. Contact Dave Buchholz, Lobo League Director, at 277-2472 for more information.
Lobo Luau/SAAC Night ... Fans are encouraged to come in their tropical attire on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. against UNLV. Anyone wearing tropical-style clothing will get $1 admission.
Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 4-4 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.
SAN DIEGO STATE IN 2007: The Aztecs, under the direction of head coach Mark Warner, are currently 11-6 overall and 3-3 in MWC action. Senior Amie Cordeiro leads the Mountain West in digs with 6.29 per game. Freshman Lauren Salisbury and senior Lindsey Mahan lead the team in hitting with percentages over .320. Junior Leah Lathrop is the team's assist and service ace leader.
TEAM COMPARISONUNLV IN 2007: The Rebelss, under the direction of head coach Allison Keeley, are currently 13-3 overall and 4-2 in the MWC, tied with the Lobos in second place going into Friday's matches. UNLV senior Lauren Miramontes is the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for her performances against Wyoming and Air Force last week.
UNM Category SDSU 13-5 Record 11-6 .215 Hitting % .220 .163 Opp Hit % .200 14.59 Kills/G 14.84 13.35 Assists/G 13.37 2.60 Blocks/G 3.26 1.64 Aces/G 1.26 14.47 Digs/G 16.69
Top Individuals UNM SDSU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .216, Jeanne Fairchild .330, Lauren Salisbury Kills/G: 4.58, Jeanne Fairchild 3.37, Stephanie Darnell Assists/G: 7.09, Jade Michaelsen 6.33, Leah Lathrop Aces/G: 0.42, Lisa Meeter 0.37, Leah Lathrop Blocks/G: 1.12, Anna Lehne 1.38, Lauren Salisbury Digs/G: 4.25, Gayle Tripp 6.29, Amie Cordeiro Points/G: 5.06, Jeanne Fairchild 3.82, Stephanie Darnell
UNM Category UNLV 13-5 Record 13-3 .215 Hitting % .236 .163 Opp Hit % .180 14.59 Kills/G 16.49 13.35 Assists/G 15.23 2.60 Blocks/G 2.32 1.64 Aces/G 1.18 14.47 Digs/G 20.04
Top Individuals UNM UNLV Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .216, Jeanne Fairchild .295, Erin Greenwood Kills/G: 4.58, Jeanne Fairchild 4.32, Maria Aladjova Assists/G: 7.09, Jade Michaelsen 12.93, Melody Nua Aces/G: 0.42, Lisa Meeter 0.29, Camille Cunningham Blocks/G: 1.12, Anna Lehne 1.09, Lauren Miramontes Digs/G: 4.25, Gayle Tripp 6.05, Jada Walker Points/G: 5.06, Jeanne Fairchild 4.80, Lauren Miramontes
LAST TIME OUT ...
Oct. 5, at Utah, L, 0-3 The University of New Mexico volleyball team played the University of Utah tough, but fell short, losing to the Utes, 33-31, 30-28, 31-29. The Lobos (12-5, 3-2 MWC) played all three games like they have been playing Game Threes in their last two matches, from behind and close at the end. Game One looked very much like recent Game Threes Utah took a 20-14 lead. Freshman Kelsi Phillips served the Lobos to 20-18. Utah built up another big lead, 25-18, and looked like they were going to coast out of Game One at 29-23. The Lobos got the ball back on an attack error, 29-24, and Sarah Kwasigroch served UNM to an even 29. Junior Jeanne Fairchild got two big kills during the run and also evened the score at 30 on a kill. The Lobos took the lead 31-30 on a Utah error, but the Utes tied it at 31 with a kill. A UNM error and a kill by Whitney Webb gave Utah the 33-31 win. Game Two saw the Lobos get down early, 10-6, but get back in the game behind the serve of Kelsi Phillips. The Lobos went on a 6-0 run to take a 12-10 lead on a ball-handling error by Utah. The teams stayed close for the rest of Game Two, with neither getting more than a two-point lead. The final tie of the game was at 25, with Utah keeping the lead to the final 30-28. Game Three was a come-from-behind again as the Utes took a 9-6 lead. The Lobos got the ball back on a kill by Lisa Meeter, 9-7. Meeter held serve, taking UNM on a 5-0 run and the lead, 12-9. The Lobos continued to hold on to the lead, until Utah tied it up at 19. Then it was the Utes turn to take the lead, jumping out to 25-21. Freshman Taylor Hadfield had back-to-back kills and Allie Suiter had a big block to close the gap to 25-24. The Lobos evened the score at 27 on a block by Meeter and Anna Lehne. Lehne came up with a big solo block to give UNM the lead, 28-27, and a kill, 29-28. Utah came up with two kills to take the match in Game Three, 31-29. Fairchild led the Lobos with 13 kills, while Meeter had eight and Hadfield had seven. Jade Michaelsen had 27 assists and 12 digs, while Phillips and Gayle Tripp had 11 digs each. Lehne led the Lobos with six blocks.
Oct. 6, at No. 23 BYU, W, 3-1
After one of the tightest matches of the season the night before against Utah, the University of New Mexico volleyball team came out determined against No. 23 BYU. The Lobos beat BYU, 22-30, 30-26, 30-24, 30-25. It was the first time UNM (13-5, 4-2 MWC) has won in Provo since Oct. 13, 1995. Game One belonged to BYU as the teams battled early, but the Cougars were able to build a 17-12 lead. New Mexico closed to within two on a service ace by junior Gayle Tripp, 17-15. BYU kept the Lobos from getting any closer, taking the win, 30-22. Game Two started the same way with the teams exchanging points until BYU took an 11-9 lead. The Lobos battled, taking the lead for good at 19-18 on a service error by the Cougars. Junior Jeanne Fairchild had a kill to give the Lobos their biggest lead at 28-23. The Lobos held on to win, 30-26. Game Three looked like it was going to go to the Cougars at 20-16. Three big block assists by Anna Lehne, while Sarah Kawsigroch held serve on a UNM 7-0 run, gave the Lobos a 26-21 lead. Lehne recorded one of her 11 kills to get the Lobos to 28-24. The Lobos forced two BYU attack errors to win, 30-24. Game Four was all Lobos. UNM jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. BYU challenged evening the score at 14, but a service error gave UNM the lead, 15-14. Tripp held serve as the Lobos built an 18-14 lead, starting with a service ace. BYU closed the gap again on a service at 21-21. Lehne came up with a big kill to give UNM the lead again, 22-21. A service ace by Kerri Beck got the lead to 29-24 and Lisa Meeter capped her 11th double-double of the season with the match-winning kill. Meeter led the Lobos with 14 kills and 15 digs, and pitched in with three blocks. Lehne had an exceptional night hitting errorless ball for .688 percentage and 11 kills. Michaelsen recorded her first double-double of the season with 38 assists and 11 digs. Fairchild, still hampered by a foot injury, came away with 13 kills.
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 53rd in the Pablo ranking and 47th 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 is getting 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) ... Rose Morris - finger (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 digsDIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into the top-five on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Coming into the season, Tripp had 701 career digs and can move into the top five at her 4.00+ dig per game pace. She now has 973 career digs, placing her 10th on the career list. She needs just 76 to move all the way into fourth place past Maria Gurreri and Gretchen Gegenfurtner (1,048; 1987-90 & 1993-96).
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 (2) Oct. 5 at Utah 27 assists-12 digs Oct. 6 at No. 23 BYU 38 assists-11 digs
UNM Career Digs 1. Sharon Browning 1,504 1989-92 2. Tania Gooley 1,113 1991-94 3. Alicia Bergmann 1,059 1992-95 4. Maria Gurreri 1,048 1987-90 Gretchen Gegenfurtner 1,048 1993-96 6. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo 1,020 1986-89 7. Paula Feathers 1,019 1995-98 8. Nana Allison 1,005 1996-99 Janelle Torres 1,005 1996-99 10. Gayle Tripp 973 2005-present 11. Jenny Pavley 912 1995-97 12. Pauline Manser 891 1988-91MOVING MOUNTAINS ... This is the quickest that the Lobos have reached four wins in Mountain West Conference action since joining the league in 1999. UNM is also three wins away from surpassing the most MWC wins by a Lobo volleyball team - 6 in 2005 (6-10).
WINNING WAYS ... New Mexico's 13 overall wins is the second-highest total by a Lobo team since joining the Mountain West in 1999. The most wins by the Lobo volleyball team since joining is 14 in 2005 (14-14).
AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 108 aces on the season, compared to only 66 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 28 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.
ASSISTS BY SARAH ... 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 2,463, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 378 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 2,463 2005-present 8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96STREAK 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.
UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage) 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 4-0PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish 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 ... 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.