Lobos Looking To Maintain Strong Start At Delaware Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/07/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 7, 2004

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Delaware Invitational Barbara Viera Court - Newark, Del. - Friday, Sept. 10 - Saturday, Sept. 11 TEAMS:
Albany (1-3)
Delaware (1-2)
George Washington (0-4)
Friday, Sept. 10
NEW MEXICO vs. George Washington, 10 a.m.
Delaware vs. Albany, 12 p.m.
Albany vs. George Washington, 2:30 p.m.
NEW MEXICO vs. Delaware, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11
NEW MEXICO vs. Albany, 10 a.m.
Delaware vs. George Washington, 12 p.m.
LIVE STATS: Live stats of all matches available at Delaware's official athletic website, www.udel.edu/sportsinfo Look for the Gameday Central Box on the right side of the website for the Live Stats link. LOBOS LOOKING TO MAINTAIN STRONG START AT DELAWARE INVITATIONAL - The New Mexico volleyball team will head to Newark, Del., this weekend (Sept. 10-11) for the Delaware Invitational after winning two of its first three matches of the season in the Comcast Lobo Invitational last weekend in Albuquerque. Although the Lobos couldn't come away with their third straight Comcast Lobo Invitational crown, UNM managed two clutch five-game wins over Northern Colorado and Montana before falling to Creighton in the last game of the tournament. UNM begins action this weekend against George Washington (0-4) Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. MDT. The Lobos will face host Delaware (1-2) later in the evening at 5 p.m. MDT and conclude the tournament against Albany (1-3) Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. MDT. Live stats of this weekend's matches will be available at Delaware's official website, www.udel.edu/sportinfo. LOBOS TO WATCH -- Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen leads the Lobos with 3.38 kills per game. She collected a career-high 23 kills, 44 attempts and 26.5 points in the five-game victory over Northern Colorado and was named to the Comcast Lobo Invitational All-Tournament team.

Kelly Therkelsen is seventh in the Mountain West with 3.38 kills per game.

-- Freshman Samie Weber is sixth in the Mountain West Conference in blocks with 1.38 per game. In her first collegiate match, she tallied seven blocks against Northern Colorado, and then turned around and stuffed nine vs. Montana. She is also hitting .346 (28K-10E-52TA). -- With senior libero Adah Burke sitting out last weekend with an injury, freshman Kim Cox filled in nicely, pacing the team with 3.54 digs per game. In the Montana match, she dug 17 while serving three aces. LOBO NOTES OF THE WEEK -- The Lobos had their eight-match Comcast Lobo Invitational winning streak snapped by Creighton in the final match of the tournament. UNM claimed the tournament in 2002 and 2003 with perfect 3-0 records. -- New Mexico has never faced George Washington or Albany. In its only meeting against Delaware, the Lobos swept the Blue Hens last season in Albuquerque in the title match of the Comcast Lobo Invitational. COMCAST LOBO INVITATIONAL SUMMARY - Three teams, including New Mexico, finished the Comcast Lobo Invitational with 2-1 records, but Creighton walked away with the title due to the tiebreaker which is the ratio of points for/against vs. all opponents. Northern Colorado also went 2-1 while Montana went 0-3. The Lobos started the tournament by snapping Northern Colorado's 26-match winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Bears. UNC, which claimed the 2003 Division I Independent Championship, took the first game from the Lobos, 30-25, but UNM stormed back to win game two, 30-19. The two teams traded games again with UNC winning game three and UNM winning game four. In the fifth and decisive game, the Lobos racked up eight kills and hit .438 in toppling the Bears, 15-11. Kelly Therkelsen put down a career-high 23 kills and collected 26.5 points in hitting .386 to lead UNM. The dramatics continued for New Mexico with another five-game victory in its second match, this time against Montana. The Grizzlies claimed the first two games, but the Lobos rallied back to take games three and four. Once again, the Lobos outshined their opponent in game five, outhitting the Grizzlies .357 to .071 in winning 15-11. Unfortunately, the Lobos couldn't maintain the momentum into the Creighton match, as the Bluejays swept New Mexico in the final match of the tournament, 30-27, 30-28, 30-12. New Mexico placed two players on the all-tournament team: sophomore Kelly Therkelsen and freshman Samie Weber. Therkelsen led the Lobos with 3.38 kills per game and Weber led the team in blocks with 1.38 pg.
Match 1: Creighton 3, Montana 2
Match 2: New Mexico 3, Northern Colorado 2
Match 3: Northern Colorado 3, Creighton 1
Match 4: New Mexico 3, Montana 2
Match 5: Northern Colorado 3, Montana 2
Match 6: Creighton 3, New Mexico 0

1st place: Creighton (2-1)
2nd place: Northern Colorado (2-1)
3rd place: New Mexico (2-1)
4th place: Montana (0-3)

MVP - Erin Deffenbaugh, Northern Colorado
Kelly Therkelsen, New Mexico
Samie Weber, New Mexico
Danelle Angus, Northern Colorado
Brittany Coleman, Creighton
Ashley Williams, Creighton
Claudia Houle, Montana
Libero - Janeen Piller, Creighton


THERKELSEN SHOWING IMPROVEMENT AFTER FIRST WEEKEND: Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen showed dramatic improvement in the Lobos' first three matches of the season after leading the team with 3.38 kills per game (seventh in Mountain West), which is an improvement over last year's 1.72 kpg. In the season's opening match, Therkelsen smashed a career-high 23 kills to go along with career high's in attempts (44) and points (26.5). She also led the Lobos in kills against Montana with 12 while racking up six blocks. The Eagan, Minn., native is second on the team in blocks with 13 (1.00 pg) and tied for fifth in digs with 10 (0.77 pg). BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH: Junior Chelsea Sondrup is climbing the career charts at UNM in blocks in her third season. Sondrup, who collected three blocks in limited time last weekend due to an injured hamstring, has 213 career blocks. Pauline Manser, Tammy Lansford and Zhao Lu hold the all-time UNM record with 299 blocks. Sondrup already holds the single-season UNM mark for block assists, as she tallied 131 her freshman year. She also established UNM single-match block (14) and block assists (13) records with her performance against SMU on Sept. 20, 2002. BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH, Pt. 2: Following in Sondrup's footsteps, freshman Samie Weber put on an impressive dislay of blocking in her first collegiate action last weekend. Weber registered seven blocks against Northern Colorado, nine against Montana and two against Creighton. Overall, she is averaging 1.38 blocks per game, which is sixth in the Mountain West. Weber is also hitting the ball with efficiency - she is second on the team with a .346 attack percentage and hit .700 (7K-0E-10TA) against Creighton. SET ME UP: Senior setter Monica Meihack returns as the starting setter for the third straight year. Meihack collected a double-double in the first match of the year against Northern Colorado, tallying 50 assists and 10 digs. She dished out a season-high 51 assists in the next match vs. Montana. Meihack, a Fallon, Nev., native, is fifth in the Mountain West with 10.31 assists per game.

Monica Meihack

CAUTION - DIGGING AHEAD: Freshman libero/defensive specialist Kim Cox filled in for Adah Burke last weekend at the libero, and left the weekend ranked third in the Mountain West with 3.54 digs per game. Cox started on the outside in her first match vs. Northern Colorado, but quickly switched to the libero in game two. She responded with 15 digs the rest of the match, and then dug 17 vs. Montana. FROM THE BEACH TO THE DESERT: Junior outside hitter Nicole Ryan transferred to UNM this season after playing for Golden West Community College in California last year. She led the Rustlers to a perfect 22-0 season in 2003 and is looking to bring some of that magic to the Lobos in 2004. Ryan put down 11 kills in each of her first two matches vs. Northern Colorado and Montana, and is third on the team with 2.31 kpg. HEASTY BRINGS EXPERIENCE TO THE FRONT LINE: Sophomore outside/middle Jennifer Heasty is one of five starters returing to the lineup this season for UNM. Heasty led the Lobos in 2003 in hitting percentage and is very versatile around the net. She hit .292 (13K-6E-24TA) in the season's first match against Northern Colorado and is second on the team with 2.42 kpg. Heasty is also third on the team in blocks (eight) and second in digs (18). BRINGING A LOCAL FLAVOR TO THE LOBOS: Two freshmen on the team this season, Laura Conklin and Jessica Hezekiah, hail from Albuquerque. Both are walk-ons who helped contribute to last weekend's two victories. Conklin played in all 13 games and collected 10 digs, while Hezekiah put down five kills and two blocks. LIVE FROM BUDAPEST: Junior transfer Gabriella Veres, a native of Budapest, Hungary, made her Divison I debut last weekend against Creighton. Veres has played on the Hungarian Junior National Team and was a member of the PRSC Division II junior championship team in 2003 (21-under) and the PRSC Division II championship team in 2004 (all ages).


ADAH BURKE NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM - Senior Adah Burke was named to the preseason All-Mountain West volleyball team and the Lobos were picked to finish seventh in the conference. Burke was tabbed as the top libero in the MWC and was one of seven players to earn preseason All-MWC accolades. Burke was third in league matches last season with 3.23 digs per game. She led the Lobos in overall games with 2.88 digs per game and earned Academic All-District VI honors. Colorado State's senior setter Melissa Courtney was selected as the preseason player of the year. Other members of the preseason All-MWC team include: Katie Jo Shirley (Sr., Colorado State); Shelly Sommerfeldt (Jr. Utah); Lindsy Hartsock (So., BYU); Sara Maytorena (Sr., Wyoming) and Tess Rogers (Jr., Colorado State). In the preseason coaches poll, Colorado State earned 14-of-15 possible first-place votes and tallied 118 points to top the poll. The Rams finished 2003 with a 30-5 record and an undefeated league mark of 14-0. CSU is ranked 11th in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll. BYU edged Utah for second place as the Cougars collected 100 points, while the Utes had 97. San Diego State was picked fourth, followed by Wyoming, UNLV, New Mexico and Air Force. LOBO VOLLEYBALL EARNS AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD - The New Mexico volleyball program was recently one of 46 schools in the country to be awarded the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2003-04 academic year. The award, initiated in 1992-93, honors collegiate volleyball programs that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Seven Lobos (Adah Burke, Jennifer Heasty, Anna Reines, Lindsay Smith, Chelsea Sondrup, Kelly Therkelsen and Georgia Whitson) were named 2003 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, in which a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributer to the team. Burke garnered second-team Academic All-District VI honors for having a 4.04 GPA in Mathematics. In Kelley McKee's 11 years as a head coach, athletes have earned academic all-conference honors 42 times, including 11 in her two years at the University of New Mexico. UNM VOLLEYBALL PROMOTIONAL DATES - The UNM Athletic Department is sponsoring several promotional dates this season for Lobo volleyball. All home matches are played at the Johnson Center on the UNM main campus. The following promotions are listed below:
Cherry & Silver Night
-- Tuesday, Sept. 14 vs. New Mexico State, 7 p.m.

Student Night
-- Saturday, Oct. 2 vs. Utah, 7 p.m.

Jam Johnson
-- Friday, Oct. 22 vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m.

Senior Day
-- Sunday, Nov. 14 vs. San Diego State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)
Friday, August 28
8:00 AM - 
at Belmont
3:00 PM - 
at Albany
Saturday, August 29
5:00 PM - 
at Ball State