Lobo Volleyball Hosts MCM Elegante Lobo Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/25/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 25, 2011

Shuttle to/from Johnson Center Two shuttle buses will provide free service from the G-lot shelter near Lomas and University (north of Lomas, east of University) and to the UNM Book Store. The service begins at 5:30 p.m. and returns fans to the G-lot for one hour after the conclusion of the Lobos' game Saturday vs. Nebraska.

Tournament Schedule:
Friday, Aug. 26
5 p.m. - New Mexico State vs. No. 5 Nebraska; 7:30 p.m. - UNM vs. South Florida
Saturday, Aug. 27
5 p.m. - South Florida vs. New Mexico State; 7:30 p.m. - UNM vs. No. 5 Nebraska

Up Next in 2011 lobo Volleyball
Matches #1, 2 - MCM Elegante Lobo Classic
Aug. 26 - vs. South Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 27 - vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m.
Johnson center • Albuquerque, N.M.

Follow Along ... All home matches will be web streamed through All Access on GoLobos.com. Click the Lobo TV button to watch the Lobos at Johnson Center this season. GameTracker also will be available for every Lobo home game through GoLobos.com.

Against South Florida (1-0) ... The Lobos beat South Florida last season, 3-1, in the only meeting between the two schools.

Against Nebraska (3-2) ... Nebraska leads the all-time series over the Lobos, 3-2. The last meeting between the two was in 2008, which resulted in an 0-3 loss for the Lobos.

Next Week ... The Lobos will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 2-3 to play in the Fiesta Bowl Classic hosted by Northern Arizona. UNM will face Hampton University at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, and will match up against Northern Arizona and San Jose State on Sept. 3. The Lobos have never faced Hampton and are 5-3 against San Jose State and 12-8 against Northern Arizona.


• The Lobos were picked to finish second in the 2011 Mountain West Preseason Volleyball Poll. Se- niors Allison Buck and Ashley Rhoades were named to the MW Preseason Team. UNM made this year's vote a close one, finishing just a shade behind CSU for the top spot. If the preseason vote is any indication, the Lobos are continuing to close the gap on CSU's dominance of the MW.

• Senior Allison Buck enters the season at No. 5 on the UNM all-time digs list with 1,069. As long as she stays healthy this season, she has a great shot at cracking the top three on the list. Former Lobo Gayle Tripp currently sits atop the digs list with 1,578 digs.

• Senior Ashley Rhoades enters the season at No. 5 on the UNM all-time hitting efficiency list at .285 (494-171-1132). If she continues to be efficient in her attacks, she stands a good chance at moving up the list. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo (1986-89) is just in front of her at No. 4 with a .292 (1040-327-2438) hitting efficiency.

About New Mexico (2010 - 20-10, 12-4 MW; 2nd) ... The Lobos made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. The Lobos hadn't made it to two consecu- tive postseasons since they did it in the 1993, `94 seasons, which happened to be the end of a five-year postseason run that spanned from 1990-94, and was subsequently the last time the Lobos were in the NCAA Tournament. With the appearance in 2009, the Lobos broke a drought of 14 years between trips to the national post-season. With last year's postseason birth, UNM now has nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1981, `88, `90, `91, `92, `93, `94, `09, 2010) ... UNM will face 10 teams receiving votes in the pre- season poll this season ... The Lobos were picked second in the 2011 Mountain West Con- ference Preseason Poll, three shy of first-place Colorado State ... Seniors Allison Buck, the defending All-MW Libero, and middle blocker Ashley Rhoades were named to the All-MW Preseason Team ... Buck, Rhoades and fellow senior Kelly Williamson are the team cap- tains for 2010.

About South Florida (2010 - 10-16, 6-8 BIG EAST; 8th) ... The University of South Florida volleyball team was picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll. USF finished the 2010 season with a 10-16 record, while finishing eighth in the Big East. Much like UNM, South Florida is relying on some seniors to lead the way for its team. Those seniors are libero Janice Rivera and outside hitter Kamika Rozier. Rozzier averaged 1.75 kills per set and 0.61 blocks per set last season, while Rivera recorded double-digit dig totals in 24 out of 27 matches during 2010.

About Nebraska (2010 - 30-3, 19-1 BIG 12; 1st) ... The Nebraska volleyball team will enter the 2011 season ranked fifth in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers return a strong team that includes All-Americans Brooke Delano and Hannah Werth. Werth is the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Nebraska finished 2010 with a 30-3 record, while claiming its 12th Big 12 title in its final season in the league. Nebraska starts its first season in the Big 10 this year. The Cornhuskers also made a trip to the NCAA Regional round for the 17th straight season.

About New Mexico State (2010 - 18-13, 12-4 WAC; 2nd) ... New Mexico State was se- lected to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll. NM State brings back experience at the setter and libero positions. Setter Jennah DeVries is a two-time AVCA All-American honoree and libero Kelsi Phillips averaged 3.66 digs per set last season.

Playing The Best To Be The Best ... Over four seasons, head coach Jeff Nelson has been a big believer in scheduling a tough, challenging schedule for his team. The team has responded to the challenge each year compiling four-straight winning seasons includ- ing three 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

It's not getting any easier for the Lobos come 2011. UNM will face three Top-25 pro- grams and five 2010 NCAA Tournament participants.

The Lobos' undefeated conference record (12-4 overall) at home in 2010 ranks as the best home record UNM has compiled against the MW in program history. The 12 confer- ence wins are the most conference wins by the Lobos since the MW formed in 1999 and most in any conference since 1996. The Lobos have also recorded three of their best finishes in conference over the last three seasons, each ranking in the top-ten all time in school history.