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Lobo Volleyball Hosts BYU Thursday, Utah Saturday for Think Pink Match
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 20, 2010

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Thursday: Lobos vs. BYU, 7 p.m., Johnson Center
Saturday: Lobos vs. Utah, 2 p.m., Johnson Center, Think Pink
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By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com

The Lobo volleyball team hosts two Mountain West Conference foes this week. New Mexico will face Brigham Young University at 7 p.m., Thursday, and take on the University of Utah at 2 p.m., Saturday, for the Lobos' Think Pink match.

The Lobos are 11-8 overall this season, and are currently tied for fourth place in the MWC with a record of 3-3.

New Mexico is coming off a 1-1 road trip, in which the Lobos downed Wyoming in three sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-19) on Oct. 14, and fell 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19) to No. 15 Colorado State on Oct. 16.

Senior Lisa Meeter had a memorable match at Wyoming as she tallied her 1,000th career dig and 1,000th career kill. Earlier in the season against UNLV, the outside hitter recorded her 100th career ace serve, making her only the third Lobo to reach all three statistical category landmarks. It has been seven years since an MWC player has recorded such career numbers. Meeter is only the third player in the history of the conference to do so.

Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson says Meeter is having her best season yet, and her recent accomplishments are a testament to her career.

"She's been our consistent, stable player over the last four years," Nelson said. "She's extremely well-respected by conference coaches, and she has been an important part in rebuilding this program."

The Lobos will face some tough conference opponents this week beginning with a red-hot, young and athletic BYU team that is turning around a sluggish start to a season and to MWC play.

BYU is 8-12 overall and 3-3 in conference. The Cougars are currently on a five match sweep streak, having beat San Diego State, Utah Valley University, Weber State, Air Force and UNLV in decisive 3-0 matches.

Senior setter Kiana Rogers leads BYU, and is among the top ten in the league for assists per set with a 9.32 average this season. Senior Stephanie Snow is fourth in the league for hitting percentage, at .365. The Cougars dropped conference matches to Utah, Colorado State and Wyoming before rolling out three straight MWC wins.

Nelson says the Lobos have a friendly rivalry with BYU, and recognizes the Lobos will have to dictate their game strategy according to Cougars' height. The BYU starting lineup ranges from 5-foot-11 to 6-6.

"They're really big and really athletic," Nelson said. "Our job is to get the ball past the block and force them to be better at our game, which is passing and defense."

BYU owns a one-sided lead in the all-time series, 62-12, but the teams' last encounter on Nov. 7, 2009 resulted in a 3-0 Lobo victory.

Utah is currently 9-10 overall this season, and is second in MWC conference standings with a 4-2 league record. Freshmen Erin Redd and Morgan Odale lead the Utes' offensive charge.

Redd leads the league in attack percentage at .379 and Odale is third in the MWC with 3.43 kills per set. The Utes are coming off a pair of home wins over UNLV and Air Force last weekend, and play at TCU on Thursday evening in a televised match. Last year, the Lobos took care of Utah, 3-1 in both meetings.

Think Pink
Saturday's meeting with Utah is New Mexico's Think Pink match, in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Lobos will be clad in their pink jerseys and hair ribbons. Raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win several prizes, including an iPad and iPod Touch, Nike apparel, signed NFL apparel, a spa package, and much more.

The tickets are $1, or 12 tickets for $10. Drawings will occur at the end of the match. Must be present to win.

All funds raised will be donated to the University of New Mexico Hospital Cancer Research. Last year Lobo volleyball donated over $2,500 to UNMH.

Fans wearing pink will receive a reduced price on their ticket; adults $3 and youth $2. UNM students and faculty get in free to the game with their Lobo Card.

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The Lobo volleyball team hosts two Mountain West Conference foes this week. New Mexico will face Brigham Young University at 7 p.m., Thursday, and take on the University of Utah at 2 p.m., Saturday, for the Lobos' Think Pink match.

Around The MWC Nets ...

  • There are two MWC games on The Mtn. this Thursday: Utah at TCU followed by San Diego State at Air Force.
  • The No. 17 CSU Rams are undefeated in league play at 7-0 and two games up on 4-2 Utah.
  • There is a four-way tie for fourth as the Lobos, TCU, San Diego State and BYU are 3-3.
  • Lobo senior Lisa Meeter returns to Johnson Center with membership in the exclusive 1,000-Kill Club and 1,000-dig Club. She also has 100 serving aces as a Lobo.
  • Four MWC teams host Breast Cancer Awareness matches this week: Wyoming (Oct. 19), Colorado State (Oct. 20), Air Force (Oct. 21) and New Mexico(Oct. 23).
  • The MWC is averaging 1,008 fans per home match. The league has never averaged more than 1,000 through a season.
  • Lobo Jade Michaelsen is among the 30 candidates for the inaugural Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is based on four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
  • BYU sophomore Nicole Warner ranks 32nd in the nation with 1.25 blocks per set this season.
  • Utah freshman Erin Redd leads the league in attack percentage at .379. Freshman Morgan Odale is third in kills per set with 3.43 and in points at 4.04.
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