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UNM Opens Three-Match Homestand with Think Pink/Rio Grande Rivalry Match
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Release:  10/22/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 22, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Volleyball (18-5, 5-3) -- Three-Match Homestand

Tuesday, Oct. 23: vs. New Mexico State at The Pit, 7 p.m. MT; Think Pink match (wear pink for $3 ticket)
Thursday, Oct. 25: vs. UNLV at The Pit, 7 p.m. MT
Saturday, Oct. 27:vs. Fresno State at the Johnson Center, 6 p.m. MT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After going 1-1 in Mountain West matches on the road last week, the Lobo volleyball team (18-5, 5-3 MW) returns to Albuquerque for three matches. New Mexico is playing well at home in 2012, carrying nine-match home winning streak and a 10-1 overall home record. The Lobos haven't lost at home since their opening day, a 3-2 loss to Duquesne on Aug. 24.

Last week, UNM dropped a heartbreaker, 3-2, at San Diego State on Thursday, Oct. 18 before sweeping Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Lobos host New Mexico State (14-7, 8-3 WAC) at 7 p.m. MT in The Pit on Tuesday, Oct. 23 for the annual Rio Grande Rivalry match and annual Think Pink match. Fans who wear pink to Tuesday's match may purchase their tickets for $3.

"We hold this event annually to raise money for UNMH Cancer Research," head coach Jeff Nelson said. "It's a fun event and a way for us to give back."

As Nelson said, the Lobos' Think Pink match is not just part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but also an opportunity for the team to raise funds to be donated to University of New Mexico Hospitals Cancer Research. According to Lobo volleyball director of operations Jordie Hadfield, the team raised over $4,000 at last year's Think Pink match. UNM's goal for tomorrow night is $6,000.

Hadfield has collected thousands of dollars worth of prize donations -- including an XBOX 360 and a MacBook Air -- for a raffle drawing and silent auction. Fans can purchase raffle tickets now through tomorrow night's match, and bid on silent auction items during the match. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the match. Must be present to win. For more details, please click here, or email jordie@unm.edu.

The match, too, should be a good one.

"It's against State and it's a great rivalry," Nelson said. "They're led by Meredith Hays, an outstanding outside hitter and their leader from the middle is Desiree Scott and she does a good job for them. I think the teams are comparable and it'll be a good match. You can talk records and stats, but really it's traditionally been a good rivalry and I think it will be an exciting match."

Mountain West foes UNLV (14-7, 6-2 MW) and Fresno State (13-8, 5-3 MW) are the other two matches this week for UNM. The Lobos and Rebels play at 7 p.m. MT in The Pit on Thursday, Oct. 25 while UNM will face off with the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Lobos and the Rebels met on Sept. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV won the match, 3-0, defeating New Mexico for the first time since Oct. 2009. Junior outside hitter Sekola Falemaka led the Rebels and had a career match, recording 18 kills (.361 pct.), two ace serves and two blocks. Lobo right-side hitter Chantale Riddle paced UNM with 10 kills (.111 pct.), seven digs and five blocks. UNLV leads the conference in assists (12.94/set) and kills (13.78/set) and is second in hitting percentage (.236) and digs (15.05).

The Lobos and Bulldogs met in Fresno on Sept. 27 with Fresno State taking the match, 3-1. Junior right-side hitter Megan Callahan led the `Dogs in that match with 17 kills (.333 pct.), three blocks and 18.5 points. Riddle paced UNM with 18 kills (.167 pct.), five blocks and 20.5 points. Fresno State is first in the conference for digs (15.55/set) and is second and fourth in service aces (1.39/set) and kills (13.57/set), respectively.

"Thursday and Saturday are the matches we really have to focus on this week," Nelson said. "They're conference matches and winning those could possibly give us an opportunity at postseason. The last time we played those two teams, Miquella Lovato was sick. We're hoping to have better performances against UNLV and Fresno State."

New Mexico is first in the conference in service aces, having recorded 132 so far on the season (1.50/set). In conference matches, the Lobos are second in digs (15.25/set) and third in blocks (2.56/set) and opponent hitting percentage (.174).

With a 5-3 MW record, the Lobos are currently in a three-way tie for third in conference standings with San Diego State and Fresno State. Colorado State and UNLV both have a 6-2 record and are tied for first.

Weekly Notes

Last time out... The Lobos earned a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week. New Mexico dropped a tough 3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 28-26, 15-25, 15-17) match at San Diego State on Thursday, Oct. 18 before getting a sweep (25-20, 25-21, 25-18) at Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 20. UNM is the first MW team so far this season to sweep Nevada at home.

Down the road... Following this week's three-match homestand, the Lobos will hit the road for two Mountain West conference matches. stopping at Air Force on Nov. 1 before traveling to Boise State on Nov. 3. UNM swept Air Force at home on Oct. 6 and outlasted Boise State in The Pit on Oct. 4.

LOBO QUICK HITS...
•New Mexico's Nov. 9 match at Texas Tech has been cancelled.
•The Lobos are playing well at home in 2012, carrying 10-match home winning streak and a 10-1 overall home record. New Mexico hasn't lost at home since Aug. 24.
•The Lobos' Oct. 4 match with Boise State was the first of three this month that will be held in The Pit. The facility is known as the home of Lobo basketball, but is no stranger to Lobo volleyball or volleyball in general as the UNM volleyball program called The Pit home from 1996-1999. The Lobos split time between the Johnson Center and The Pit in 1999, playing conference matches at the Johnson Center and non-conference contests in The Pit before moving back to the Johnson Center full time in 2000. The Pit was also the site of the 1992 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Final Four in which Stanford defeated UCLA by a 3-1 decision, while Long Beach State and Florida were semifinalists.
•Lobo volleyball has a 21-26 record in The Pit
•Redshirt sophomore Chantale Riddle is on pace to break in to the top 10 in Lobo volleyball history for single-season kills and points. She currently has 350 kills and 410.0 points with 10 matches remaining in the regular season. No. 10 on the single-season kills list is Tania Gooley who recorded 422 in 1992. The record dates back to 1981, when Kim Hicks recorded 528 kills. The No. 10 spot for single-season points is occupied by 2011 All-American Ashley Rhoades who recorded 474.5 last season. The top spot belongs to Pauline Manser who had 565.0 in 1991.

Quick notes on New Mexico State
All-time series... 25-38, Aggies H: 14-11 A: 9-15 N: 2-1
Lobos vs. Aggies last season... NMSU won last year's Rio Grande Rivalry match, a 3-1 decision in Las Cruces.
Last time the Lobos defeated the Aggies... Sept. 14, 2010, 3-2 in Albuquerque.
2011 record... 22-10 overall, 10-4 WAC
Preseason... Picked as the favorite in the WAC; sophomore OH Meredith Hays was voted as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year
Last time out... Like the Lobos, the Aggies went 1-1 last week in conference road matches. NMSU lost, 3-1, at UT Arlington on Oct. 18 and earned a 3-1 victory at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 20.
Leaders... Sophomore OH Meredith Hays (4.01 kills, .213 pct., 2.13 digs, .51 blks), junior OH Lauren Loerch (2.40 kills, .213 pct.), and junior setter Ciara Brown (5.78 assists)
Misc. Notes... The Aggies are 4-1 in three-set matches, 8-4 in four-set matches and 2-2 in matches that go to five sets.

Quick Notes on UNLV
All-time series... 13-17, Rebels H: 7-8 A: 6-9 N: 0-0
Last meeting... The Lobos and the Rebels met on Sept. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV won the match, 3-0, defeating New Mexico for the first time since Oct. 2009. Junior outside hitter Sekola Falemaka led the Rebels and had a career match, recording 18 kills (.361 pct.), two ace serves and two blocks. Lobo right-side hitter Chantale Riddle paced UNM with 10 kills (.111 pct.), seven digs and five blocks.
Preseason... Fifth in MW
Last time out... The Rebels got a come-from behind, 3-1, victory at Fresno State on Friday, Oct. 19. UNLV was tough at the net defensively, registering 14.0 blocks to 6.5 by the Bulldogs.
Leaders...Madeline Westman (2.69 kills, .297 pct., 1.42 blks), Sekola Falemaka (3.16 kills, .220 pct., 3.02 digs), setter Kinsey Caldwell (10.62 kills, 2.81 digs)

Quick Notes on Fresno State
All-time series... 8-8, H: 4-2 A: 2-6 N: 2-0
Last meeting... The Lobos and Bulldogs met in Fresno on Sept. 27 with Fresno State taking the match, 3-1. Junior right-side hitter Megan Callahan led the `Dogs in that match with 17 kills (.333 pct.), three blocks and 18.5 points. Right-side hitter Chantale Riddle paced UNM with 18 kills (.167 pct.), five blocks and 20.5 points.
Last time the Lobos defeated Fresno State... Nov. 16, 1996 in a five-set match in Fresno.
Leaders... Maci Murdock (2.36 kills, .347 pct.), Marissa Brand (3.73 kills, .168 pct., 2.82 digs), Korrin Wild (3.18 kills, .172 pct., 3.05 digs), setter Barbara Alcantara (11.37 kills, 2.27 digs)

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