Oct. 20, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL:
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-17, 0-7 MWC) at New Mexico State (18-4)
WHERE: Las Cruces, N.M. - Pan American Center (13,071)
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 21 - 7 p.m.
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-17, 0-7 MWC) vs. Air Force (11-9, 2-5)
WHERE: Johnson Arena
WHEN: 7 p.m. - Oct. 24
WHAT: Grateful Dead Night - All students get in free and first 100 fans receive free Lobo volleyball Grateful Red t-shirt!
TEAMS: New Mexico vs. New Mexico Alumni
WHERE: Johnson Arena
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25 - 7 p.m.
WHAT: New Mexico Volleyball Annual Alumni Match
BUSY WEEK ON TAP FOR LOBOS - The Lobo volleyball team will play two matches this week before hosting the Alumni Match Saturday, Oct. 25.
UNM (3-17, 0-7 MWC) will travel to Las Cruces to face intrastate rival New Mexico State (18-4) Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The Aggies are in the midst of a school record 12-match winning streak and are a perfect 6-0 at home this season. New Mexico State defeated Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee last weekend. NMSU defeated the Lobos in three games in Albuquerque Sept. 22.
The Lobos return to Mountain West action when they host Air Force (11-9, 2-5 MWC) for Grateful Dead Night Oct. 24 at Johnson Arena. UNM has never lost to Air Force at home and holds a 10-2 advantage in the series, but the Falcons swept the Lobos in the MWC Opener in Colorado Springs Sept. 26. Air Force swept Wyoming but lost to Colorado State last weekend.
On Saturday, the Lobos will welcome back former alumni of the program for the annual Alumni Match at 7 p.m. in Johnson Arena. This year's Lobos will face the alumni in a controlled scrimmage with referees.
LOBO ALUMNI TEAM: The alumni team will feature 13 former Lobo volleyball players. The team includes:
Ingrid Roosild Shannon Offutt Simmons Mindy Hale Linda Archuleta Villegas Julie Rohr Marlo Pennington Maxon Tracy Shipman Henderson Vanessa Shields Blaire Burns Staci Masten Micaela Conley Janelle Torres Beth Crandall Wysong
WEEKEND UPDATE - UNM played well against two top MWC opponents, but still lost both matches last weekend at Johnson Arena.
On Friday, Oct. 17, New Mexico played one of its best matches of the season against the conference's top team, but still fell to No. 20 Colorado State in three games (30-22, 30-22, 30-27). Anna Reines put down 12 kills and collected 14.5 points to lead the Lobos while Monica Meihack paced the offense with 23 assists. Chelsea Sondrup stuffed a team-high four blocks and Adah Burke was the top defensive player with eight digs.
The Lobos held several leads in the match against the Rams, including a late 20-19 advantage in the third game. UNM led by as many as four points in the game (18-14), but CSU went on a 9-3 run to make it 23-21. The Lobos tied the match at 23 on a Reines service ace, however, the Rams countered with a 7-4 run to close out the game at 30-27.
In the second game, the Lobos hit an impressive .379 against the MWC's stingiest defense - the only problem was that the Rams bested the Lobos with a .459 attack percentage. The game was once again close throughout as both teams traded points to open the game at 9-9. The Rams then slowly built their lead to nine points at 24-15. The Lobos trimmed the CSU advantage to five points at 27-22 on a kill by Meihack, but that's as close as they would get, as CSU rattled off the next three points for the win.
In the opening game, UNM surprised the nationally-ranked Rams by scoring the first three points of the match. CSU woke up to take a 10-5 lead, but UNM tied the match at 15. The Rams then built a three-to-four point advantage for most of the game before finishing off the Lobos with a 6-2 run to win 30-22.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, Anna Reines pounded 17 kills for New Mexico but it wasn't enough as the Lobo volleyball team fell to Wyoming in three games (30-19, 30-25, 30-24).
Reines hit .265 with three service aces and her 17 kills were the most since she tallied 23 against Saint Louis Sept. 13. Monica Meihack paced the offense with 31 assists while Adah Burke registered 10 digs. Chelsea Sondrup hit .273 for the match and collected six kills, two blocks and two digs.
Sara Maytorena led a balanced attack for Wyoming with 11 kills. The Cowgirls hit .318 for the match and out-blocked New Mexico 8-4. Wyoming also served 10 aces to the Lobos' five.
Wyoming led the entire first game and out-hit the Lobos .348 to -0.91 en route to winning 30-19.
The Lobos came out ready in the second game, quickly building a 7-4 lead. The Cowgirls then tied the game at 8 before the game was deadlocked at 12 as each team traded points. Wyoming then cruised to an eight-point advantage at 21-13 after going on a 9-1 run. The Lobos closed the gap to five points at 28-23 on a Cowgirl ball-handling error but couldn't get any closer as Wyoming closed out the game on a Lobo attack error for the 30-25 victory.
Wyoming jumped out to a 12-3 lead in game three. UNM bounced back to cut the lead to five at 18-13 by going on a 10-5 run, but that's as close as the Lobos would get until the 29-24 mark as Wyoming halted every Lobo run to take the final game 30-24. UNM improved to hit .241 in the third game, however, the Cowgirls continued to stay hot with a .321 attack percentage.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND - For just the second time in series history, the Air Force Falcons defeated the New Mexico volleyball team in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams Sept. 26 at Cadet East Gym. The Falcons swept the match, 3-0 (32-30, 30-22, 30-28). Prior to the match, the Lobos had defeated Air Force 10 of 11 times.
New Mexico collected more digs (38-37), assists (44-39) and kills (50-45) than the Falcons, but Air Force hit an impressive .371 compared to the Lobos' .192 attack percentage. Jennifer Heasty led the Lobo offense with 13 kills and hit .550, while Lauren Dunsmoor collected a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs. Lindsay Smith chipped in 39 assists with 12 digs and Monica Meihack had 12 digs.
Air Force edged the Lobos 32-30 in game one but controlled game two, 30-22. The Falcons put the Lobos away with a 30-28 win in game three.
MEIHACK BACK AT SETTER - After playing libero for eight matches from Sept. 12-26, junior Monica Meihack is once again the starting setter for the Lobos. Meihack responded well to her position change as she earned top libero honors at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Tournament and improved UNM's digs per game from 7.86 to 12.44. But after tallying the second most assists in a Lobo season in 2002 with 1,249, head coach Kelley Sliva McKee decided it was time to put Meihack back into her normal position. Meihack is eighth in MWC play with 7.43 assists per game.
Freshman Lindsay Smith, a talented recruit who has the ability to set up a very up-tempo offense, filled in nicely when Meihack was at libero. Smith stepped up to the challenge, collecting over 30 assists in six of her eight starts, including a career-high 49 vs. Ohio.
AMAZIN' ANNA - Senior Anna Reines is the offensive team leader, pacing the team in kills (3.45 pg) and points (261.5). Reines, a dominant outside hitter, polished her game in the offseason by participating on the USA Select Team at the Spring Cup in Brno, Czech Republic. The hard work has paid off, as she earned all-tournament honors at the Fresno State Invitational and the Comcast Lobo Invitational. Some of her top performances this season include: season-high 23 kills vs. Saint Louis Sept. 13; .364 attack percentage (10K-2E-22A) vs. New Mexico State Sept. 22; and 17 kills vs. Wyoming Oct. 18. Reines collected her 900th career kill vs. Utah Oct. 3.
The Big Lake, Minn., 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.
ACES WILD - New Mexico is third in the conference in service aces with 1.85 per game. UNM posted a season-high 13 aces vs. Alcorn State Sept. 6. The Lobos currently have 124 aces for the season; the school record stands at 292 (1981).
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH - Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup, who set the Lobo single-season mark for block assists (131) in her freshman campaign, is once again leading UNM in blocks this season. Sondrup has 55 blocks (three solo, 52 assists) and is second on the team in kills (143; 2.13 pg) and points (189). She is tied for 10th in conference matches with 1.00 blocks per game.
Sondrup also set two UNM single-game block records against SMU Sept. 20, 2002: blocks (14) and block assists (13).
DOUBLE DUNSMOOR - Freshman Lauren Dunsmoor is the only Lobo this season to record a double-double in a match. Dunsmoor collected 14 digs and 10 kills vs. Sacramento State Sept. 20 and tallied 12 digs and 12 kills in her first career MWC match Sept. 26 at Air Force. She has not played in the last four matches due to an injury.
THERKELSEN MAKING PRESENCE KNOWN - Freshman Kelly Therkelsen has had a solid start to her Lobo career this fall, ranking third on the team in kills (120) and fourth in points (145.5). Therkelsen was named to the Albuquerque Marriott All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and 17 digs in the the tournament, including a career-high 13 kills vs. Ohio. The Eagan, Minn., native is a very versatile player, as she also has 27 assists, 52 digs and 37 blocks.
HEASTY LEADS LOBOS AT THE NET - Jennifer Heasty leads the Lobos with a .263 attack percentage. She hit a career-high .786 (11K-0E-14TA) against BYU Oct. 2 and also hit .583 vs. rival New Mexico State. The Westminster, Colo., native collected a season-high 13 kills and 15.5 points at Air Force Sept. 26 in her first career MWC match. Heasty is second on the team in blocks (44) and third in points (156). In the Comcast Lobo Invitational tournament-title game, Heasty racked up a career-high eight block assists to secure the win over Delaware.
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 156-142 after guiding the 2002 Lobos to a 10-21 record. In her nine years at NAU, Sliva McKee posted a record of 143-104 (.579) and a 79-57 mark in the Big Sky. The last five seasons at NAU she was 90-45 (.667) and she became the first coach in program history to lead the school to five straight winning seasons. She 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.
YOUNG GUNS - This year's Lobo squad features nine 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 nine freshmen have seen action thus far in the season.
The Lobos are the youngest team in the Mountain West Conference with nine freshman, three of whom start. BYU has seven freshman on its roster, while San Diego State and UNLV each have six.
UNM JAMS JOHNSON - Lobo fans came out in force as a season-high 1,339 fans showed up for this year's Jam Johnson Oct. 3, but it wasn't enough to propel UNM as it fell to Utah in three games (30-19, 30-21, 30-12). The Utes hit an impressive .512 for the match and collected 52 kills on only eight errors. Freshman Georgia Whitson led the Lobos with a career-high 11 kills.
ARCHRIVAL NEW MEXICO STATE TAKES ROUND ONE - In the first of two matchups this season, New Mexico State swept the Lobos (30-27, 30-27, 30-21) Sept. 22 at Johnson Arena. UNM hit for a season-high .346 attack percentage, but the Aggies pounded 60 kills and hit .397 in the win. The two rivals will meet again Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Las Cruces.
LOBO SCOUTING REPORT -
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (18-4, 8-0 Sun Belt)
New Mexico State is in the midst of a school record 12-match winning streak and is a perfect 8-0 in Sun Belt action. The Aggies snapped Western Kentucky's 31-match home-court winning streak with a five-game win Oct. 17 and then swept Middle Tennessee Oct. 19.
Trinia Cuseo leads the team with a .324 attack percentage and is putting down 3.41 kills per game. Stevi Adams leads the team with 3.89 kills per game.
HEAD COACH - Mike Jordan (Ninth year). Record at NMSU: 100-76.
SERIES HISTORY - NMSU leads, 32-25. The Aggies defeated UNM in three games in Albuquerque Sept. 22. The two schools split the season series last year, with each team winning at home.
AIR FORCE FALCONS (11-9, 2-5 MWC)
Air Force split its two MWC matches last weekend after sweeping Wyoming but falling to Colorado State in three games. The Falcons host Denver Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Senior Delaware Diaz leads the MWC with 4.93 kills per game and points with 5.43 per game. Sophomore Carly Siefken is tops in the league in service aces (0.55 pg) while senior setter Kristin Huitt is second in assists (12.11 pg).
Air Force is sixth in the MWC in hitting percentage (.229), sixth in kills (14.38), seventh in blocks (2.01 pg) and seventh in digs (12.53 pg).
HEAD COACH - Penny Lucas-White (Eighth year). Record at Air Force: 62-153.
SERIES HISTORY - UNM leads 10-2. Air Force snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Lobos with a three-game sweep in Colorado Springs Sept. 26. New Mexico has never lost to Air Force at home.