Lobos Wrap Up Non-conference At Hilton Garden Inn Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/15/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 15, 2010

  • Hilton Garden Inn Invitational Game Notes
  • Hilton Garden Inn Invitational Tournament Central

    Up Next in 2010 Lobo Volleyball
    Match #11-13 - Hilton Garden Inn Invitational
    Sept. 17 - at South Florida, 5 p.m.
    Sept. 18 - vs. Jacksonville, 9 a.m.
    Sept. 18 - vs. Florida Atlantic, 3 p.m.
    The Corral/Sun Dome • Tampa, Fla.

    Follow Along ... South Florida will provide live stats and video, along with a live in-game chat during matches this weekend. The Tournament Central page will be linked to GoLobos.com.

    Against South Florida (3-5) ... This will be the first meeting between the Bulls and the Lobos.

    Against Jacksonville (4-6) ... This will be the first meeting between the Dolphins and the Lobos.

    Against Florida Atlantic (6-5) ... This will be the second meeting between the Owls and the Lobos. FAU came to Albuquerque in August 2007 for the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. UNM won the match 3-1.

    Next Week ... The Lobos begin Mountain West Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 23 at San Diego State. Match time in San Diego is set for 8 p.m. (MT).

    • The Lobos received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first two weeks of the season. Currently, five Lobo opponents are receiving votes in the poll - No. 1 Stanford, No. 6 Hawai'i, No. 7 USC, No. 14 Colorado State and RV Michigan State.

    • Senior Jade Michaelsen was named the MVP of the Comcast Lobo Challenge for her three-match performance over the weekend. Senior Taylor Hadfield joined Michaelsen on the All-Tournament Team.

    • Senior Taylor Hadfield, a 2009 AVCA honorable mention All-American, has been named to three all-tournament teams this season - MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic and the Comcast Lobo Challenge.

    • Senior Jade Michaelsen has been named one of the Top 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes seniors from all over the country for their achievements in competition, classroom, community and character.

    • The Lobos' match on Nov. 13 vs. Wyoming scheduled for The Pit has been moved back to the Johnson Center due to scheduling conflicts.

    About New Mexico (5-5, 0-0 MWC) ... New Mexico's 3-2 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 14 was the first win in the series at Johnson Center since Sept. 24, 2002 ... Recorded 500th program win on Friday, Sept. 10 when the Lobos beat SMU, 3-1, in the second round of the Comcast Lobo Challenge. The program is in its 36th year of varsity competition and has a record of 501-521 ... The Lobos won the Comcast Lobo Challenge on a tiebreaker with more sets won in the three matches than SMU and UC Santa Barbara. Senior Jade Michaelsen was named the MVP of the tournament and senior Taylor Hadfield was named to the all-tournament team ... Senior middle blocker Taylor Hadfield was named to the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic All-Tournament team ... The Lobos earned second place in the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic with wins over Pepperdine and Tulane and a loss to No. 4 Stanford. Taylor Hadfield and junior outsider hitter Kelly Williamson were named to the all-tournament team ... New Mexico received votes in the 2010 AVCA Preseason Poll (40th) and the Aug. 30 poll (27th) ... UNM will face 10 teams receiving votes in the preseason poll this season ... The Lobos were picked fourth in the 2010 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, eight points out of second ... Senior setter Jade Michaelsen was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team ... Michaelsen and senior outside hitter Lisa Meeter are the team captains for 2010.

    About South Florida (3-5, 0-0 Big East) ... The Bulls, under the direction of head coach Claire Lessinger, went 1-2 in the Southern Illinois Invitational over the weekend in Carbondale. This weekend's Hilton Garden Inn Invitational will be the first home matches of the season for USF. Sophomore outside hitter J'beria Davis leads the Bulls' attack with 2.96 kills per set, while freshman middle blocker Andrea Rodriguez Gomez leads the front row defense with 0.93 blocks per set. Junior libero Janice Rivera averages 4.10 digs per set from the back row. Senior setter Mariana Thon averages 9.07 assists per set.

    About Jacksonville (4-6, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) ... The Dolphins, under the direction of head coach Shaun Kupferberg, went 2-1 in the UCF Invitational over the weekend in Orlando. This will be JU's fourth weekend in a row on the road. The Dolphins have yet to play a home match. Senior outside hitters Aidan Yeager and Brittany Lehman lead the offense with 2.35 and 2.28 kills per set. On defense, freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson leads the front row with 1.17 blocks per set, while junior libero Ashley August leads the back row with 3.42 digs per set. Kendall Courtney is the freshman setter for JU and averages 8.78 assists per set.

    About Florida Atlantic (6-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) ... The Owls, under the direction of head coach Jody Brown, went 0-3 at the LSU Invitational over the weekend in Orlando. Sophomore middle blocker Christina Wallinger leads the attack with 2.69 kills per set with senior setter Joanne Marras Tate averaging 9.05 assists per set. Defensively, sophomore libero Cintia Nightingale averages 3.49 digs per set while senior middle blocker Kristyna Dzmuranova averages 0.87 blocks per set.

    Current RPI rankings ... The official NCAA RPI rankings will come out in the next few weeks. Richkern.com has the Lobos with a RKPI ranking of 42nd and a Pablo ranking of 49th this week. The website also has the Lobos with an Opponent Strength of Schedule ranking of 15th.

  • Thursday, August 20
    6:30 PM - 
    vs. Cherry vs. Silver
    Friday, August 28
    8:00 AM - 
    at Belmont
    3:00 PM - 
    at Albany
    Saturday, August 29
    5:00 PM - 
    at Ball State