Oct. 17, 2007
Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Thursday, Oct. 18 7 p.m.
UniWyo Sports Complex Laramie, Wyo.
at Air Force
Friday, Oct. 19 7 p.m.
East Gym/Clune Fieldhouse Colorado Springs, Colo.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Against Wyoming: The Lobos beat the Cowgirls on Sept. 21, 3-0, at the Johnson Center, ending a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming. UW holds the series lead at 33-24 and are 17-8 against UNM in Laramie.
Against Air Force: The Lobos beat the Falcons, 3-0, on Sept. 20 at the Johnson Center to improve the series record to 18-3. UNM has an eight-match win streak against AFA and are 7-2 at the Academy.
Up Next: The Lobos wrap up their three-match road swing at TCU on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. UNM will return home, Nov. 2-3, against BYU and Utah.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo volleyball crowds at the Johnson Center continue to increase as the season progresses and the team brings new excitement to the court. The Lobos have had four consecutive home crowds of over 1,000 fans.
Youth Night ... will be Friday, Nov. 2, against BYU at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Fans, ages 18 and under, can get in for just $1.
Spending Time on the Road ... The Lobos are taking their show on the road for the next two weeks. UNM head north up I-25 to take on Wyoming and Air Force later this week, then head east to face TCU next Friday.
Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 4-4 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, Arizona State, and BYU. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.
WYOMING IN 2007: The Cowgirls are 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the MWC. Wyoming is led by Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum, offensively, with 4.47 and 4.12 kills per game. Both players are hitting over .200 for the season. UW has won two of its last three matches, including a road win at San Diego State.
TEAM COMPARISONAIR FORCE IN 2007: The Falcons are 7-15 overall and 0-8 in the MWC. Air Force is led by all-around player Katie Batchelder with 2.87 kills and 2.53 digs per game. She is also fourth in the league in service aces with 24 (0.35 per game) on the season.
UNM Category UW 14-6 Record 8-9 .220 Hitting % .213 .166 Opp Hit % .206 15.05 Kills/G 15.15 13.81 Assists/G 14.11 2.60 Blocks/G 1.61 1.58 Aces/G 1.68 14.74 Digs/G 15.29
Top Individuals UNM UW Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .248, Anna Lehne .254, Angie Hellbaum Kills/G: 4.83, Jeanne Fairchild 4.47, Rachel Smith Assists/G: 7.85, Jade Michaelsen 12.37, Tasha Weishahn Aces/G: 0.40, Lisa Meeter 0.36, Carissa Lee Blocks/G: 1.14, Anna Lehne 0.91, Lauren Scott Digs/G: 4.39, Gayle Tripp 3.89, Carissa Lee Points/G: 5.29, Jeanne Fairchild 4.96, Rachel Scott
UNM Category AFA 14-6 Record 7-15 .220 Hitting % .127 .166 Opp Hit % .210 15.05 Kills/G 12.16 13.81 Assists/G 10.01 2.60 Blocks/G 1.47 1.58 Aces/G 1.54 14.74 Digs/G 12.42
Top Individuals UNM AFA Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .248, Anna Lehne .247, Nicole Stilwell Kills/G: 4.83, Jeanne Fairchild 2.87, Katie Batchelder Assists/G: 7.85, Jade Michaelsen 7.50, Kim Kallabis Aces/G: 0.40, Lisa Meeter 0.35, Katie Batchelder Blocks/G: 1.14, Anna Lehne 0.79, Nicole Stilwell Digs/G: 4.39, Gayle Tripp 2.53, Katie Batchelder Points/G: 5.29, Jeanne Fairchild 3.20, Katie Batchelder
LAST TIME OUT ...
Oct. 12, vs. San Diego State, W, 3-0
University of New Mexico setter Jade Michaelsen recorded a career-high 48 assists as the Lobos defeated San Diego State, 30-26, 30-18, 30-25. UNM improved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain West Conference. Sarah Kwasigroch and Kat Crawley served the Lobos to a 9-4 lead in Game One, before SDSU's Stephanie Darnell served the Aztecs back into the lead at 12-10. The teams went back and forth until MWC dig leader Aime Cordeiro served SDSU to a 22-17 lead. The Lobos held on as Kerri Beck and Jeanne Fairchild put together four kills down the stretch to put UNM back in the lead, 26-24. Fairchild picked up two more kills, along with Rose Morris and Anna Lehne for the 30-26 win. In Game Two, Lehne put together a solid performance with key serves to get the Lobos out to a 5-1 lead and later three consecutive kills to increase the lead to 15-7. The Lobos kept SDSU off balance as the UNM middle blockers made their presence known behind the play of Lehne and Beck with nine kills in Game Two. Fairchild had six kills in the game, including the game-winner. Game Three saw neither team pulling away early as SDSU took the first two-point lead at 15-13 on a UNM attack error. The Lobos took the lead for good at 21-20 on a kill by Lehne. Lehne then served the Lobos to 24-20, the largest lead of the game at the time. Morris collected her eighth kill of the match for the game- and match-winner. The 14 overall wins on the season matches the highest total for the Lobos since joining the Mountain West in 1999. Fairchild recorded a team-high 23 kills and hit .500. Lehne finished up with 11 kills and a .562 hitting percentage, while Lisa Meeter pitched in with 10 kills. Michaelsen just missed her third double-double of the season with 48 assists and nine digs. Gayle Tripp led the Lobos with 17 digs to improve her career dig total to 990. She needs 10 against UNLV to join the UNM 1,000-dig club.
Oct. 13, vs. UNLV, L, 1-3
The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough match at the Johnson Center on Saturday night to UNLV, 22-30, 30-26, 31-29, 32-30. Junior Gayle Tripp earned her 1,000th career-dig at UNM on her tenth dig of the evening and moved up to eighth place on the UNM all-time career dig list with 1,013. Game One saw the Lobos build an early 10-point lead at 16-6. The Lobos biggest lead of the game was 13 at 26-13 on a kill by Anna Lehne. Junior Jeanne Fairchild was nearly unstoppable with eight kills in 11 attacks, leading the Lobos to a 30-22 win. In Game Two, the two teams played evenly with UNM taking two rare two-point leads at 6-4 on a block by Rose Morris and Kerri Beck, and 12-10 on a service ace by Jade Michaelsen. The Lobos got the lead up to three at 20-17 on a kill by Lisa Meeter. UNLV battled back and took the lead for good at 22-21. Tripp recorded her 1,000th career dig at 23-22. The Rebels got some key kills late in the game to win, 30-26. Game Three started off evenly, but the Rebels jumped out to a 13-8 lead before UNM could get back in the game. The Lobos battled back tying the score at 21, then tied it six more times to 29 all on a kill by Fairchild. A UNLV kill and a UNM attack error gave the Rebels the game, 31-29. Game Four started much the same as Game Three, but this time the Lobos got the big lead, 19-13. It looked like the Lobos were going to force Game Five until the Rebels fought back and tied the score at 27. A block by Michaelsen and Lehne evened the score at 30. Two UNLV kills won the match, 32-30. Fairchild led the Lobos with 27 kills on the night, followed by Meeter with 17, Morris with 12, and Lehne with 11. Lehne had seven blocks as well. Michaelsen set a career-high in assists for the second night in a row with 57. Tripp ended up with 23 digs on the night, while Sarah Kwasigroch, in her new role as a defensive specialist, had 21.
LOBO MID-SEASON RPI, OFFICIALLY ... On Friday, Oct. 12, the NCAA released the official mid-season RPI rankings ... The Lobos are ranked 44th in the nation and fifth in the Mountain West.
LOBO RPI, UNOFFICIALLY ... National volleyball guru Rich Kern publishes a weekly RPI, along with the Pablo RPI, both unofficial rating systems that are similar to the RPI system that the NCAA Volleyball Committee will use in November to select the field of 64 teams ... The Lobos are currently ranked 46th in the Pablo ranking and 46th in the Rich Kern ranking ... The tendancy is for teams to be in the top 60 to have a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
RED CROSS UNIT ... The Lobos training room is getting a little busy heading into the last part of the season ... Joelle Ingram - ankle (out) ... Jeanne Fairchild - foot (day-to-day) ... Kerri Beck - shoulder (day-to-day) ... Rose Morris - finger (day-to-day).
DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with 11 this season ... Redshirt freshman setter Jade Michaelsen recorded the first two double-doubles of her career at Utah and BYU.
Lisa Meeter (11) Aug. 25 vs. San Jose State 18 kills-15 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 13 kills-19 digs Sept. 1 vs. Northern Arizona 10 kills-10 digs Sept. 7 vs. Northern Colorado 11 kills-16 digs Sept. 7 vs. Bowling Green 11 kills-10 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 18 kills-14 digs Sept. 15 at Colorado State 12 kills-10 digs Sept. 20 vs. Air Force 11 kills-12 digs Sept. 21 vs. Wyoming 14 kills-16 digs Sept. 28 vs. TCU 14 kills-11 digs Oct. 6 at No. 23 BYU 14 kills-15 digs
Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs
Jade Michaelsen (2) Oct. 5 at Utah 27 assists-12 digs Oct. 6 at No. 23 BYU 38 assists-11 digs
1,000 DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into second place on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Tripp joined the UNM 1,000-Dig Club on Saturday, Oct. 13, against UNLV. She now has 1,013 career digs, placing her eighth on the career list. She needs just 101 to move all the way into second place past Tania Gooley (1,113; 1991-94).
UNM Career Digs 1. Sharon Browning 1,504 1989-92 2. Tania Gooley 1,113 1991-94 3. Alicia Bergmann 1,059 1992-95 4. Maria Gurreri 1,048 1987-90 Gretchen Gegenfurtner 1,048 1993-96 6. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo 1,020 1986-89 7. Paula Feathers 1,019 1995-98 8. Gayle Tripp 1,013 2005-present 9. Nana Allison 1,005 1996-99 Janelle Torres 1,005 1996-99
MOVING MOUNTAINS ... This is the quickest that the Lobos have reached five wins in Mountain West Conference action since joining the league in 1999. UNM is just two wins away from surpassing the most MWC wins by a Lobo volleyball team - 6 in 2005 (6-10).
WINNING WAYS ... New Mexico's 14 overall wins matches the highest total by a Lobo team since joining the Mountain West in 1999. The Lobos recorded 14 wins in 2005 (14-14).
AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 115 aces on the season, compared to only 70 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team and the Mountain West Conference with 29 (0.40 per game) on the season ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 and again at No. 15 San Diego ... Kerri Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.
ASSISTS BY SARAH ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,469, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 372 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.
UNM Career Assists 1. Janelle Tores 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. Karen Saavedra-Warnock 2,845 1985-88 6. Monica Meihack 2,840 2002-04 7. Sarah Kwasigroch 2,469 2005-present 8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96STREAK IS NOW 1 ... The Lobos are trying to end some ominous streaks this season ... On Oct. 6, UNM won for the first time at BYU since Oct. 13, 1995, with a 3-1 win ... The Lobos ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming on Sept. 21 with a hard fought, 3-0 win.
NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.
A FIRST ... The Lobo win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-3 non-conference record ranks among the top 10 in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700.
UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage) 1. 1986 .875 (14-2) 2. 1989 .867 (13-2) 3. 1988 .833 (15-3) 4. 1983 .793 (23-6) 5. 1990 .789 (15-4) 6. 2007 .750 (9-3) 7. 1992 .688 (11-5) 1994 .688 (11-5) 9. 1993 .667 (10-5) 2005 .667 (8-4)UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos made history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.
UNM Best Starts 1. 1988 15-0 2. 1986 10-0 1990 10-0 4. 2007 7-0 5. 1989 5-0 6. 1994 4-0
PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.
ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.
HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.