Lobo Volleyball Takes On Utah and No. 23 BYU
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/01/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 1, 2007

New Mexico at Utah and BYU Game Notes
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Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Matches #17-18
at Utah • Friday, Oct. 5 • 7 p.m.
Crimson Court • Salt Lake City, Utah
at BYU • Saturday, Oct. 6 • 7 p.m.
Smith Fieldhouse • Provo, Utah

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

Against Utah: The series between the Lobos and the Utes is one of the longest-standing in New Mexico history, beginning in 1975. Utah holds a 38-27 advantage. In the previous 10 seasons, Utah has a 21-1 lead, after New Mexico went on a 19-2 run in the preceding decade. The last time the Lobos won in Salt Lake City was Nov. 22, 1996.

Against #23 BYU: The Lobos and Cougars have a long-standing history on the volleyball court. BYU leads the series 59-8, going back to 1970. The teams split the series in 2006, as the Lobos ended a 23-match losing streak to BYU on Nov. 3. The last time the Lobos won in Provo was Oct. 13, 1995.

Up Next: The Lobo volleyball team will host their only home matches of the month on Friday, Oct. 12 and 13 against San Diego State and UNLV. Match time on both nights is set for 7 p.m.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 3-3 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, and Arizona State. 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.

• 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 voice heard as the Lobos put away TCU in three games.

• Lobo League 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.

• Junior Lobo Club Night ... Will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. against San Diego State. The Lobo volleyball team will host a clinic for Junior Lobo Club members prior to the match.

• 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.

UTAH IN 2007: The Utes, under the direction of 18-year head coach Beth Launiere, are currently 6-7 overall and 3-2 in MWC action going into Tuesday night's home match against New Mexico State. Utah has played one of the toughest schedules in the league, facing five nationally-ranked opponents including this week's match with NMSU. Three of the five were ranked in the top 10. Utah is led by junior Kathryn Haynie with 3.71 kills per game. Also making an impact is junior Lori Baird with 2.87 kills and 1.54 blockes per game.


UNM Category UU 12-4 Record 6-7 .219 Hitting % .170 .162 Opp Hit % .160 14.69 Kills/G 15.19 13.42 Assists/G 13.98 2.48 Blocks/G 2.90 1.66 Aces/G 1.17 14.39 Digs/G 16.40

Top Individuals UNM UU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .224, Jeanne Fairchild .290, Lori Baird Kills/G: 4.68, Jeanne Fairchild 3.71, Kathryn Haynie Assists/G: 6.83, Jade Michaelsen 9.35, Keisha Fisher Aces/G: 0.44, Lisa Meeter 0.35, Kathryn Haynie Blocks/G: 1.04, Anna Lehne 1.54, Lori Baird Digs/G: 4.46, Gayle Tripp 4.44, Connie Dangerfield Points/G: 5.16, Jeanne Fairchild 4.37, Kourtney Edwards

BYU IN 2007: The Cougars, under the direction of Jason Watson, are currently 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the MWC going into Friday night's home match against TCU. BYU, currently No. 23 in the nation, are also playing a tough schedule with matches played against three top 25 teams. The Cougars are led by senior Chelsea Goodman with 4.41 kills and 3.45 digs per game.

UNM Category BYU 12-4 Record 10-4 .219 Hitting % .277 .162 Opp Hit % .208 14.69 Kills/G 15.98 13.42 Assists/G 15.13 2.48 Blocks/G 2.71 1.66 Aces/G 1.28 14.39 Digs/G 15.41

Top Individuals UNM BYU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .224, Jeanne Fairchild .451, Rachel Dyer Kills/G: 4.68, Jeanne Fairchild 4.41, Chelsea Goodman Assists/G: 6.83, Jade Michaelsen 12.90, Amy Schlauder Aces/G: 0.44, Lisa Meeter 0.29, Chelsea Goodman Blocks/G: 1.04, Anna Lehne 1.22, Ashton Hansen Digs/G: 4.46, Gayle Tripp 4.22, Annie Pinegar Points/G: 5.16, Jeanne Fairchild 5.04, Chelsea Goodman

Sept. 28, vs. TCU, W, 3-0
The University of New Mexico volleyball team made things interesting as the Lobos beat TCU, 30-25, 30-27, 32-30. New Mexico improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference, while TCU dropped to 15-4 overall and 2-2 in MWC. The Lobos took charge quickly in Game One, leading the Horned Frogs from the 5-4 point on. Freshman Lisa Meeter held serve to get the Lobos their biggest lead of the game at 21-15 and made a big kill at 27-21 to keep the six-point advantage. In Games Two and Three, the Lobos allowed TCU to build big leads before coming back to win each game and the match. Nirelle Hampton held serve to build a 10-4 for TCU. The Lobos chipped away at the lead, finally taking over at 17-16 on the serving of Gayle Tripp. UNM gradually pulled out to a 26-21 lead on a service ace by Meeter. Jeanne Fairchild got the Lobos to 29-24 on a big kill, but TCU went down with a fight getting the Lobos to make mistakes, 29-27. Fairchild came up with the game-winner to stop the TCU charge. Game Three saw the Horned Frogs take a 4-0 lead, but Tripp took over serve and put the Lobos back to within one on an ace and kills by Jade Michaelsen and Meeter, 4-3. The teams went back and forth to 15-15, when UNM took the lead, stretching out to 24-20. TCU battled back again, taking the lead 26-25 on a kill by Kourtney Edwards. The teams tied three more times at 28, 29, and 30. A kill by Kerri Beck for the Lobos and a TCU attack error got the Lobos the 32-30 win. The Lobos adjusted the lineup and rotation tonight for some mid-season bumps and bruises. Fairchild, battling through a foot injury, played just the front row for the first time all season and still recorded 12 kills and two blocks. Michaelsen played setter the whole match and recorded a career-high 41 assists to go along with career-highs in kills (7) and digs (8). Meeter recorded her tenth double-double of the season with a team-leading 14 kills and 11 digs. Freshman Kelsi Phillips led the team in digs with 16, a new career-high.

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with 10 this season.

Lisa Meeter (10)
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
DIGS 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 quickly move into the top five at her 4.00+ dig per game pace. She now has 955 career digs, placing her 10th on the career list. She needs just 94 to move all the way into fourth place past Maria Gurreri and Gretchen Gegenfurtner (1,048; 1987-90 & 1993-96).
	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	955	2005-present
	11. Jenny Pavley	912	1995-97
	12. Pauline Manser	891	1988-91
MOVING MOUNTAINS ... The Lobos have matched their best Mountain West Conference start since joining the league in 1999 - 3-1 in 2000. UNM is also halfway to matching the most MWC wins by a Lobo volleyball team - 6 in 2005 (6-10).

WINNING WAYS ... New Mexico's 12 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 98 aces on the season, compared to only 57 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team with 26 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 2,452, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 389 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	2,452	2005-present
	8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
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
STREAK IS NOW 1 ... 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.

PICKING 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.

Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)