Oct. 17, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (6-14, 2-6 MWC) host Air Force (1-15, 0-8 MWC) Friday night for Lobo Luau, sponsored by the UNM Bookstore. Tickets for the 7 p.m. match are just $1 if you wear something hawaiian print. The following night, also at 7 p.m., UNM hosts Colorado State (12-6, 6-2 MWC). Both matches in Johnson Center will be streamed live on www.GoLobos.com for free through Lobo All-Access. CSTV's GameTracker is also available for each match.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos hold a five-match win streak over Air Force, including a shutout on the Falons' home court in September. Of the last 10 matches, only one has gone five games. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 15-3, New Mexico
Record in Albuquerque: 7-1, UNM
Record in Colorado Springs: 7-2, UNM
Record at neutral site: 1-0, UNM
Record in 3 games: 8-3, UNM
Record in 4 games: 4-0, UNM
Record in 5 games: 3-0, UNM
Last 5 matches: 5-0, UNM
Last 10 matches: 8-2, UNM
Last UNM win: 9/23/06 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/5/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Last UNM road win: 9/23/06 (3-0)
Last UNM road loss: 9/26/03 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 11/24/99 (3-2)
Last UNM neutral loss: n/a
Last UNM season sweep: 2005
Last UNM season swept: 2003
Last UNM shutout win: 9/23/06 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/24/03 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 8, 11/12/99-10/25/02
Longest UNM losing streak: 2, 9/26/03-10/24/03
The Lobos snapped an 18-match losing streak to Colorado State last year with a 3-1 win on UNM's home court. However, the Rams topped the Lobos in Fort Collins and Las Vegas to take the season series 2-1. They won the first match-up this season on their home court, 3-0, extending their win streak over UNM to three matches. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 34-21, Colorado St.
Record in Albuquerque: 12-11, CSU
Record in Fort Collins: 18-8, CSU
Record at neutral site: 4-2, CSU
Record in 3 games: 22-7, CSU
Record in 4 games: 9-8, CSU
Record in 5 games: 4-3, UNM
Last 5 matches: 4-1, CSU
Last 10 matches: 9-1, CSU
Last UNM win: 10/22/05 (3-1)
Last UNM loss: 9/22/06 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/22/05 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 10/22/04 (3-0)
Last UNM road win: 10/7/94 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: 9/22/06 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 9/10/82 (2-0)
Last UNM neutral loss: 11/24/05 (3-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1994
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 11/12/94 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 9/22/06 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 6, 10/14/89-11/8/91
Longest UNM losing streak: 18, 9/23/95-11/18/04
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Air Force, 1-15 overall and 0-8 in the MWC, has lost 14 in a row after getting its lone win of the season on Sept. 1, shutting out Norfolk State. The Falcons' last nine matches have all resulted in 3-0 losses and only two of their 16 matches have gone more that three games, both ending in 3-1 losses.
AFA's team averages for hitting percentage, kills and assists per game have all risen since its last meeting with UNM but its ace, digs and blocks per game have all dropped. The Falcons are hitting .043, averaging 9.82 kills, 9.00 assists, 1.60 aces, 12.00 digs and 1.63 blocks per game. Their opponents averages have all increased, hitting .256 with 14.82 kills, 13.28 assists, 2.34 aces, 15.86 digs and 2.01 blocks per game.
Jocelyn Booker holds the team's best individual hitting percentage (.134) and leads them in blocks per game (0.80). Kim Kallabis, who averages a team-high 6.38 assists per game, is usually setting up Kristina Stewart or Katie Batchelder, who average the team's most kills per game at 2.40 and 2.30, respectively. Rebecca Gertonleads AFA in aces with 0.38 per game while Jaclyn Fleming averages a team-high 3.68 digs per game.
REVIEWING THE RAMS: Colorado State, 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the MWC, is on a seven-match win streak that started off with a 3-0 win over the Lobos on Sept. 22 on the Rams' home court. During this winning period, the Rams have won all but two of the matches in three games and claimed the other two in four.
CSU's team numbers have risen significantly since its last meeting with UNM. The Rams are now hitting .234 and averaging 15.35 kills, 14.02 assists, 1.45 aces, 14.82 digs and 2.97 blocks per game. They have drastically lowered their opponents' averages, holding them to a .147 hitting percentage and per game averages of 13.08 (kills), 12.09 (assists), 1.08 (aces), 13.65 (digs) and 2.41 (blocks).
Leading the Rams are Jaime Strauss, Ashley Fornstrom, Tessa Nelson and Katelin Batten. Strauss ranks eighth in the Mountain West in kills (3.34 pg) and ninth in points (3.84 pg). Fornstrom has tallied the second most assists in the conference at 802, averaging 12.34 per game. Nelson has the fifth most blocks in the MWC, averaging 1.20 per game, the eighth best average in conference. Batten leads the team in digs, placing ninth in the conference with a 3.46 per game average.