Nov. 3, 2009
Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
vs. Utah Nov. 5 7 p.m. (MT)
Think Pink Night
vs. BYU Nov. 7 7 p.m. (MT)
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
This Week ... The Lobos (16-8, 7-5 MWC) host Utah and BYU in the final two home contests of the 2009 season.
** Think Pink, breast cancer awareness night, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. against Utah. If fans wear pink, adults get in for $3 and kids, ages 2-18, get in for $2. There will also be a silent auction with lots of great items throughout the night. It will be the fourth match this season that the Lobos have worn their pink jerseys - at Utah, at New Mexico State, and at Air Force.
If You Can't Make It To The Johnson Center ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com with Gametracker and live video and audio.
Next Week ... The Lobos play one match on the road at UNLV on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 26th in the nation with an attendance average of 1,548 fans this season. It is the only time that the Lobos have had over 1,000 fans at the first 11 matches of the season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high so far in 2009 is 2,338 vs. San Diego State on Oct. 1. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 20th overall with an average of 1,819 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings.
Official NCAA RPI ... New Mexico is currently ranked 48th in the nation in the NCAA's official RPI, released on Monday afternoons. The Lobos have the third-highest RPI ranking in the Mountain West Conference behind Colorado State (19) and TCU (44).
Lehne Named MWC Co-Player of the Week ... Senior Anna Lehne became the second Lobo to earn Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors in 2009. Lehne earned her first MWC accolade for her performances at Air Force and San Diego State.
About New Mexico (16-8, 7-5 MWC) ... Lobo fans will see UNM sporting a lighter shade of Cherry on the court. UNM will be wearing its pink Nike jerseys for the fourth time this season on Thursday night when UNM hosts Utah for the Lobos' Think Pink Night in conjunction with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center. The Lobos have won three big road matches wearing their new pink Nike jerseys on opponents' breast cancer awareness matches ... Another losing streak came to an end on Oct. 13 as the Lobos beat New Mexico State, 3-0 in Las Cruces, 10-match overall and 8-match road losing streaks ... The Lobos beat Utah, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 10, the first win for UNM on Crimson Court since 1996 ... UNM picked up its first MWC win of the season at Wyoming on Sept. 26 (3-1) and won three straight after an 0-2 start ... Senior Rose Morris made her return to the court after a finger injury on Oct. 3 against Air Force with 11 kills over two sets ... Junior Taylor Hadfield leads the team with 2.79 kills per set, one of five players with 2.11 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.25 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter has the most service aces this season with 24 ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.08 digs per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.10 and 1.07 per set, respectively ... UNM placed third at the Arizona Invitational. Jade Michaelsen was named to the all-tournament team ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 22 Baylor. Michaelsen and Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Meeter and Buck were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the season. It is the third season in a row the Lobos have started the season 3-0 and won the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Lehne was named the tournament MVP, and joined by Michaelsen and Buck on the all-tournament team ... The Lobos were picked third in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, the same place they finished the 2008 season. The big difference this season is UNM earned three first-place votes from the voting panel of coaches and media ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen was named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.
About Utah (15-7, 8-2 MWC; Utah leads the series, 43-26) ... The Utes are currently in 3rd place in the MWC standings at 8-2 in league play. UNM won the first meeting of the season in Salt Lake City on Oct. 10, 3-1. Utah was led by Cinthia Silva with 11 kills, while four Lobos recorded double-digit kills, led by Rose Morris with 17. Karolina Bartkowiak leads Utah with 3.00 kills per set.
About BYU (12-10, 6-4 MWC; BYU leads the series, 62-11, UNM has won 4 of the last 7 meetings; play TCU on Thursday night) ... The Cougars are in 4th place in MWC standings at 6-4. BYU won the first meeting between the two teams in Provo, 3-0, on Oct. 8. Kayla Walker led BYU with 14 kills, while Ashley Rhoades and Anna Lehne recorded 11.5 points each. Walker, the top hitter in the league with 4.04 kills per set, missed the next few matches with an ankle sprain suffered during practice the following day, but is back in action.
About Senior Anna Lehne (3L; Pueblo, Colo./Pueblo County HS; Accounting) ... Anna Lehne is a front row starter for the Lobos and three-plus years of hard work is paying off. Lehne recently moved into second place on the UNM career total blocks list and has 344 going into this week's matches. Lehne was named MWC Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 2, her first MWC career honor, and earned tournament MVP honors at the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic on Aug. 28-29. For more about Anna Lehne, see her full bio on page 9 of the release.
About Senior Rose Morris (3L; Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia HS; Education) ... Rose Morris is a 2009 team captain and a front row starter at L1 for the Lobos. Morris has been a steady player during her career and posted a career match against Baylor earlier this season. Earlier this season, Morris earned Comcast Lobo Challenge All-Tournament team honors. Her senior leadership became stronger off the court after a seven-match hiatus due to a finger injury. The setback made Morris work hard in rehab to get back on the court. For more about Rose Morris, see her full bio on page 10 of the release.
About Senior Allie Suiter (3L; Littleton, Colo./Chatfield HS; Exercise Science) ... Allie Suiter has been a key role player for the Lobos at middle blocker over her career. Suiter also has had a strong showing in the classroom, earning the team's Scholar-Athlete Award for three consecutive seasons. Suiter has been a three-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America nominee, three-time Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree. For more about Allie Suiter, see her full bio on page 11 of the release.
Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings were released Monday afternoon and the Lobos are sitting at 48, third among MWC schools. RichKern.com releases its RPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 48 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 56. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.
Injury Report ... Lobo sophomore middle blocker Ashley Rhoades missed the Air Force and San Diego State road matches with a sprained ankle. Rhoades is day-to-day ... Senior outside hitter Rose Morris returned to action on Saturday, Oct 3 against Air Force with 11 kills and three blocks in two sets. Morris missed seven matches with a finger injury suffered in the Pitt match on Sept. 12. Morris suffered the injury on a block in the fourth set with the score tied at 22-22.
Lehne Named MWC Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 2) ... New Mexico middle blocker Anna Lehne and TCU middle blocker Kourtney Edwards have been named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week. This is the fourth weekly award of the season (fifth career honor) for Edwards and the first career accolade for Lehne.
Lehne, a 6-1 sophomore from Pueblo, Colo., led New Mexico to Conference wins over Air Force (3-0) and San Diego State (3-1) last week. Against Air Force, Lehne tallied 12 kills with only two errors for a .400 hitting percentage, while also collecting four total blocks. Lehne's four blocks vs. the Falcons put her in second place on the UNM career blocks list. Against San Diego State, she posted a .370 efficiency (12-2-27) and seven total blocks. On the week, Lehne averaged 3.43 kills, 1.57 blocks and 4.29 points per set, while hitting .385 (24-4-52).
Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne moved into second place on the UNM career total blocks list with four blocks at Air Force on Oct. 29. Earlier this season, in addition to picking up the first all-tournament MVP honor of her career, Lehne moved onto the UNM career Top 10 lists for blocking - total blocks and block assists - during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. On Sept. 16 against TCU, Lehne added the career solo blocks Top 10 list as well. She is working her way into the top 5 in all three lists. Lehne, a senior from Pueblo, Colo., had a Top 10 season mark with 101 block assists in 2008.
UNM Career Total Blocks
1. Chelsea Sondrup 433 2002-05 2. Anna Lehne 344 2006-present 3. Kelly Therkelsen 336 2003-06 4. Linda Archuleta 326 1980-82, `84 5. Laurel Luman 320 1990-93 6. Robyn Wentworth 313 1992-94 7. Tammy Lansford 299 1987-90 Pauline Manser 299 1988-91 Zhao Lu 299 1995-96 10. Amber Smith 258 1996-99
UNM Career Block Solos
1. Linda Archuleta 120 1980-82, `84 2. Terri Nelson 107 1980-83 3. Tammy Lansford 86 1987-90 4. Pauline Manser 76 1988-91 5. Sue Guinn 73 1983-84 6. Anna Lehne 72 2006-present 7. Robyn Wentworth 68 1992-94 Shannon Vessup 68 1981, `83 Laurel Luman 68 1990-93 10. Kelly Knowles 62 1980-82
UNM Career Block Assists
1. Chelsea Sondrup 433 2002-05 2. Kelly Therkelsen 326 2003-06 3. Anna Lehne 272 2006-present 4. Laurel Luman 252 1990-93 5. Zhao Lu 249 1995-98 6. Robyn Wentworth 245 1992-94 7. Pauline Manser 223 1988-91 8. Vanessa Shields 216 1998-99, 2001-02 9. Tammy Lansford 213 1987-90 10. Kristine Butler 207 1993-96