Nov. 17, 2009
Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
at TCU Nov. 20 6 p.m. (MT)
University Recreation Center Fort Worth, Texas
Tape Delayed on The Mtn at 7:30 p.m.
This Week ... The Lobos (19-8, 10-5 MWC) take a single-match trip to Fort Worth, Texas to play TCU on Friday night at the University Recreation Center. The match will be televised for a tape delay broadcast on The Mtn. at 7:30 p.m. (MT). It is the final MWC match of the season for UNM.
If You Can't Make It To Texas ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com with Gametracker. Assistant media relations director Judy Willson will twitter during the match at www.twitter.com/jwillson10 (Tweets may be reduced since there is a cutoff for too many during one time frame; sorry for missing the UNLV fifth set due to tweet limits). Chuck LaMendola and Sydney Ackerly will call the broadcast for the TCU student broadcast production that will be delayed on The Mtn.
Next Week ... The Lobos play one last regular season match on Friday, Nov. 27 at the University of New Orleans. With a possible NCAA at-large bid on the line, fans can watch the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) on ESPNews.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 24th in the nation with a final 2009 home attendance average of 1,677 fans this season. It is the only time that the Lobos have had over 1,000 fans at every match during a single season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high for 2009 was 2,613 vs. BYU on Nov. 7, the final home match of the regular season. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 19th overall with an average of 1,819 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings, courtesy of Diane Nordstrom at the University of Wisconsin Athletics Communications Office.
Official NCAA RPI ... New Mexico is currently ranked 37th in the nation in the NCAA's official RPI, as of Monday, Nov. 16. The Lobos have the second-highest RPI ranking in the Mountain West Conference behind Colorado State (16). TCU is currently ranked 44th.
Okay, We're One Away ... The next win for the Lobos will mark a couple of milestones. The first ... it will be head coach Jeff Nelson's 300th coaching victory in the college ranks, his 58th at UNM. Win No. 299 was an interesting 3-2 victory at UNLV on Nov. 12. The second milestone ... it will be the first time the Lobo volleyball program has posted consecutive 20-win seasons since 1991. From 1988-91, UNM had four consecutive 20-win seasons - 1988 (25-5), 1989 (22-5), 1990 (22-7), 1991 (23-6).
About New Mexico (19-8, 10-5 MWC) ... UNM went 5-0 on breast cancer awareness nights during the 2009 season, 4-0 when wearing the new pink Nike jerseys. UNM hosted Utah on Nov. 5 for the Lobos' Think Pink Night in conjunction with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center. The Lobos won three big road matches wearing their new pink Nike jerseys on opponents' breast cancer awareness matches - at Utah, at New Mexico State and at Air Force - and one without the jerseys at UNLV ... 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 and with the home win on Nov. 5, swept the home-and-home series for the first time 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. Morris missed seven matches, during which the Lobos were 3-4 ... Junior Taylor Hadfield leads the team with 2.77 kills per set, one of five players with 2.16 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.28 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter has the most service aces this season with 29 ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 4.04 digs per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.11 and 1.06 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 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 TCU (23-6, 12-3 MWC; UNM leads the series 7-4) ... TCU and New Mexico have a lot on the line Friday night as the two teams battle for at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. TCU won the early season meeting, 3-1, in Albuquerque on Sept. 16. It was the first match of seven that Lobo team captain Rose Morris missed with a finger injury. It was also the first time the Horned Frogs had won in Albuquerque in six tries. TCU is led by five-time MWC Player of the Week Kourtney Edwards, a senior middle blocker. Edwards leads the MWC in attack percentage at .374 and is fifth in kills with 3.30 per set. She also sneaks in at 10th in blocks per set with 1.05, which combined with her kills places her fourth on the league points list.
Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings have the Lobos sitting at 37, second among MWC schools. RichKern.com releases its RKPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 36 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 43. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.
Setting Records ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen has moved into the Top 5 on the UNM career assists list. Michaelsen cracked the Top 10 on the UNM career assists list during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Michaelsen, from Tucson, Ariz., took over fifth place on the list in the first set of the Utah match on Nov. 5, passing Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) and former Lobo All-American Karen Saavedra-Warnock (2,845; 1985-88). Moving into fourth place will take 188 assists to pass Jocelyn Funk (3,153; 1983-86). She needs 34 to reach the 3,000 career assist mark.
UNM Career Assists
1. Janelle Torres 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. Jade Michaelsen 2,966 2007-present 6. Karen Saavedra-Warnock 2,845 1985-88 7. Monica Meihack 2,840 2002-04 8. Sarah Kwasigroch 2,634 2005-09 9. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96 10. Kelly Griffin 2,096 1999-01
Lisa Is Aces ... For the second time in three seasons, Lisa Meeter is leading the team in services aces. The junior from Colorado Springs, Colo. currently has 29 on the season and 83 for her UNM career. As a freshman, Meeter recorded 38 aces during the 2007 season, tying for eighth on the UNM Top 10 season aces list. She is 12 aces away from cracking the UNM Top 10 career aces list.
Winning Ways ... In 2008, New Mexico's 22 overall wins were the highest total by a Lobo team since 1991. UNM finished the season 11-5 in MWC action, the most conference wins by the Lobos since the MWC formed in 1999 and most in any conference since 1996.
UNM Most Overall Wins
1. 1983 28
2. 1981 26
3. 1988 25
4. 1991 23
5. 2008 22
8. 1982 21
9. 1994 20
10. 2009 19
UNM Most Conference Wins
1. 1996 13
2. 1991 12
3. 2008 11
4. 1988 10
6. 1994 9
8. 1993 8
10. 2007 7