September 4, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL:
New Mexico hosts Comcast Lobo Invitational
Albuquerque, N.M. - Johnson Arena
Friday, September 5
Alcorn State vs. Delaware, 5 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 6
Delaware vs. Youngstown State, 10 a.m.
New Mexico vs. Alcorn State, 12:30 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. Alcorn State, 5 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
DEFENDING CHAMPS - New Mexico hosts the four-team Comcast Lobo Invitational this weekend (September 5-6) at Johnson Arena on the UNM Main Campus. The Lobos, who claimed the Comcast crown last season, will welcome Youngstown State, Alcorn State and Delaware to the Duke City for this year's tournament.
UNM faces Youngstown State Friday night (September 5) at 7:30 p.m. before taking on Alcorn State Saturday afternoon (September 6) at 12:30 p.m. The Lobos conclude the invitational vs. Delaware Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This marks the first time UNM has ever played the three schools.
REINES EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS - Although the Lobos came away winless from last weekend's Fresno State Invitational, senior Anna Reines put on an impressive performance, averaging 4.20 kpg and hitting for a .337 attack percentage to earn all-tournament honors. Reines collected a season-high 17 kills against Idaho State.
FRESNO STATE INVITATIONAL RECAP- A young UNM team faced a tough challenge in its first weekend of the season at the competitive Fresno State Invitational. The Lobos opened against host FSU in a hostile environment, falling in three games in the first match. Fresno State, who won the tournament championship, is currently receiving votes in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll and participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
After the late match on Friday, the Lobos had to play in the early match Saturday against Cal Poly, another team that played in last year's NCAA Tournament. UNM came out on fire, hitting .375 in the first game, but still fell to the Mustangs 30-21. Cal Poly edged UNM 31-29 in game two before claiming game three to sweep the match. The Lobos captured their first game of the season in the opening frame vs. Idaho State, 30-26. UNM couldn't maintain the advantage, however, and lost the next three games to the Bengals. Anna Reines pounded a season-high 17 kills for the match to go along with eight digs and two service aces.
AMAZIN' ANNA - Senior Anna Reines leads the team in attack percentage (.337), kills (4.20 pg) and points (48.0) through the first three matches and ranks among the top 10 in the MWC in the same three categories. Reines is a dominant outside hitter who polished her game in the offseason by participating on the USA Select Team at the Spring Cup in Brno, Czech Republic.
The Big Lake, Minnesota, native transferred from the University of Minnesota after one season and has been a presence on the court ever since for the Lobos. Reines led the team in attack percentage (.257) and kills (3.86 pg) last season. For her efforts, Reines became the first Lobo since 1998 to earn first-team all-conference honors.
YOUNG GUNS - This year's Lobo squad features 10 freshmen to go along with one senior (Anna Reines), two juniors (Monica Meihack, Adah Burke) and one sophomore (Chelsea Sondrup). Reines, Meihack and Sondrup all started last season for UNM. Eight of the 10 freshmen saw action last weekend at Fresno State.
HEAD COACH Kelley Sliva McKee - Kelley Sliva McKee begins her second season at the helm of the Lobo volleyball program. Sliva McKee came to UNM after spending nine years at Northern Arizona University. Her career record stands at 153-128 after guiding the 2002 Lobos to a 10-21 record.
While at NAU, Sliva McKee took the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance (1999) and earned two Big Sky titles (1999 tournament and 2000 regular season). She was named the 1999 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
COMCAST INVITATIONAL PREVIEW -
The Lobos captured the 2002 Comcast Lobo Invitational by defeating SMU, Temple and Auburn. Here's a look at the teams in this year's tournament:
YOUNGSTOWN STATE - The Penguins went 3-2 to open the season last weekend at the Western New York Volleyball Invitational. YSU defeated Niagara, Albany and Canisius but fell to Seton Hall and Syracuse. Colleen Royer was name to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.29 kpg and 2.06 dpg for the weekend. YSU completed the 2002 season with a 8-24 record.
ALCORN STATE - The Lady Braves opened their campaign last weekend at the Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament and went 0-3, losing to Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech. ASU posted a 29-12 mark last year and went 7-1 in conference play, finishing second.
DELAWARE - The Fightin' Blue Hens lost all three of their matches at the College of Charleston Invitational last weekend. UD fell to host College of Charleston, Middle Tennessee State and TCU. Valerie Murphy leads the team with 37 kills (3.70 pg). The Blue Hens went 9-20 last season.
2003 Team Season Highs Kills - 52 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Attempts - 139 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Hitting % - .223 (52K-21E-139A) vs. Idaho State (8/30) Assists - 47 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Service Aces - 7 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Digs - 42 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Block Solo - 3 vs. Cal Poly (8/30) Block Assists - 7 vs. Idaho State (8/30) Total Blocks - 8, vs. Cal Poly (8/30)
2003 Individual Season Highs Kills - 17, Anna Reines vs. Idaho State (8/30) Attempts - 34, Anna Reines vs. Idaho State (8/30) Hitting % - .353 (17K-5E-34A), Anna Reines vs. Idaho State (8/30) Assists - 23, Monica Meihack vs. Idaho State (8/30) Service Aces - 4, Vanessa Shields vs. Air Force (9/28) Digs - 13, Adah Burke vs. Cal Poly (8/30) Block Solo - 1, Three players Block Assists - 4, Megan Morris vs. Cal Poly (8/30) Total Blocks - 4, Megan Morris vs. Cal Poly (8/30)