Nov. 24, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico landed three players on the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference Volleyball Team, as announced by the league on Tuesday morning. Taylor Hadfield, Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the 17-person team that was selected by the league's nine head coaches. It is the second year in a row that New Mexico has placed multiple players on the All-MWC Team.
"It is a great honor for our team to have three players honored once gain this year on the All-MWC Team," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "It is exciting for the players chosen and for our entire program. I am extremely happy for all three honorees. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris are doing a great job as our captains this year, so it is nice to see them honored. Taylor Hadfield is having an outstanding year offensively and was a go-to player many nights for us."
Michaelsen is just the second repeat All-MWC honoree in Lobo volleyball history, matching Jeanne Fairchild's mark in 2008. The junior setter from Tucson, Ariz. ranks third in the Mountain West Conference with 10.37 assists per set. Against TCU on Nov. 20, she recorded a career single-match high of 61 assists and produced her 3,000th career assist during the third set of the match. Michaelsen currently ranks fifth on the UNM all-time career assists list with 3,027.
"It is a great honor with so many great teams and great players in the league," said Michaelsen. "It is an honor for our team, they are the reason I'm on there. I wouldn't be able to do anything without the passes I get from my passers and the hits I get from my hitters. They should all feel like they are on there, because they are the ones that put me there."
Hadfield, a junior outside hitter from Corte Madera, Calif. leads the Lobos in kills per set with 2.73 and is third on the team in solo blocks with 10. She came on strong during conference action, ranking ninth in hitting percentage at .303 and had 2.98 kills per set over the 16 matches.
"I'm really honored especially with all of the work we've put in this year," said Hadfield. "I think it is really good for our team, because we have set a high standard with our level of competition."
Morris, a senior outside hitter from Albuquerque, N.M. missed seven matches during the season with a finger injury, but came back with a vengeance pushing the Lobos into third place in the league. The 2009 team co-captain, with Michaelsen, was second on the team in kills per set with 2.53.
"It means a lot to me, what a great cap to the year," said Morris. "We had three players named which is a big deal. Jade, Taylor and I don't do it alone. Anna (Lehne), Ashley (Rhoades), Lisa (Meeter), Allison (Buck) and the rest of our team are right in the thick of things with us day in and day out. Everyone taking their game up a notch this season is a big reason for our success."
The Lobos wrap up the regular season on Friday, Nov. 27 with a match at the University of New Orleans. Match time at the Human Performance Center is set for 6 p.m. (MT).
UNM (19-9, 10-6 MWC) will host an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the End Zone Club (3rd floor, Tow Diehm Building) on South Campus. The Lobos are considered to be among the top teams in the region and hold an NCAA RPI of 41 going into the week.