Sept. 7, 2004
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALLDelaware Invitational Barbara Viera Court - Newark, Del. - Friday, Sept. 10 - Saturday, Sept. 11 TEAMS:
NEW MEXICO (2-1) Albany (1-3) Delaware (1-2) George Washington (0-4)TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN):
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.
COMCAST LOBO INVITATIONAL RESULTS 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) COMCAST LOBO INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 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
PLAYER NOTESTHERKELSEN 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.
PROGRAM NOTESADAH 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.