Nov. 8, 2011
Lobo Volleyball - At home in the Mountain West
Who: Lobos vs. Wyoming
When/Where: 6 p.m., Thursday - Johnson Center
Who: Lobos vs. Colorado State
When/Where: 1 p.m., Saturday - Johnson Center
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Follow Along ... All home matches will be web streamed through All Access on GoLobos.com unless televised by The Mtn. or CBS Sports Network. Click the Lobo TV button to watch the Lobos at Johnson Center this season. GameTracker also will be available for every Lobo home game through GoLobos.com.
On the Air ... The Lobos match against Wyoming at 6 p.m. on Thursday will be televised by the MountainWest Sports Network. The Mtn. can be found on ch. 276 on Comcast and ch. 616 on DIRECTV.
Senior Day ... The Lobos match against CSU at 1 p.m. on Saturday will be the final home match of the season and the final regular season home match for UNM’s three seniors. Allison Buck, Ashley Rhoades and Kelly Williamson will all be honored for their amazing careers during senior day.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos’ record is 14-11 after going 1-1 on the road, losing 1-3 to SDSU and winning 3-1 over UNLV last week. UNM finds itself in fifth place in the MW with a 6-6 record. The Lobos trail Wyoming by one game, making this week’s match all the more exciting. With a victory over the Cowgirls, the Lobos could claim a share of fourth place in the conference. A win over Colorado State wouldn’t hurt either, as the Rams are the top dog in the MW with a conference record of 11-1.
About Wyoming (18-10, 7-5 MW) ... The Cowgirls enter the week with a 18-10 (.643) record overall and a 7-5 (.583) mark in the Mountain West after suffering a three set loss to the 24th ranked Colorado State Rams last time out. Wyoming is currently led by Jodi Purdy who is averaging a team high 3.47 kills and 4.14 points plus 3.16 digs per set. She ranks third in points, fourth in kills, fifth in service aces and ninth in digs in the league.
About Colorado State (18-4, 11-1 MW) ... The Rams are, once again, the team to beat in the Mountain West. CSU won its third consecutive Mountain West regular-season title over the weekend. The Rams are riding a seven-match win streak, having swept each of their seven opponents during that stretch. CSU also moved up one spot in the AVCA Coach’s Top-25 Poll to No. 23 this week.
LOBO 2011 SEASON TIDBITS
- Ashley Rhoades set a new career high in both kills (31) and points (36) in UNM’s 3-1 conference victory over Boise State on Oct. 1. The native New Mexican leads UNM with 367 kills on the season. It is the first time Rhoades has recorded over 300 kills in any season during her career. Rhoades is also climbing the ladder on UNM’s all-time career blocks list. The senior is just two blocks away from claiming the No. 5 spot on UNM’s career list. • Senior libero Allison Buck has moved into the top two on the UNM all-time digs list, having recorded 465 digs thus far in her final season as a Lobo. She has 1,534 digs overall.
- Buck set a new career high in digs with 36 in UNM’s victory over Delaware on Sept. 17. With at least three matches re- maining, which includes one tournament match, Buck could very well claim the No. 1 spot all-time as she is just 44 digs shy of Gayle Tripp’s career record of 1,578 digs.
Against Wyoming (30-35) ... The Lobos are 30-35 all-time against Wyoming. The Cowgirls beat the Lobos earlier this season by a score of 3-0 in Laramie. The Lobos had beaten the Cowgirls six-straight times up until the loss this year.
Against Colorado State (22-43) ... The Lobos are 22-43 all-time against Colorado State. CSU handed the Lobos a 3-0 loss in Fort Collins earlier this season. The Lobos split with the Rams last year and will look to do the same this season when they face CSU in Johnson Center on Saturday. Up Next: The Lobos will host the Mountain West Volleyball Championship Tournament. The Tourna- ment will take place Nov. 18-20 at Johnson Center.
Rhoades Closing in on Milestones ... Senior Ashley Rhoades recently moved up to No. 6 all-time on UNM’s career total blocks list. The senior has 318 blocks for her career and is just two blocks behind No. 5 all-time Laurel Luman. Rhoades is currently No. 4 all time with in block assists at UNM with 255. She also surpassed the 800 kill plateau for her career. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native currently has 861 kills for her career after having recorded 367 kills so far this season. It is the first time in Rhoades’ career she has recorded over 300 kills in a season. Rhoades also topped the 1,000 points plateau for her career this season. Williamson Closing in on Career Mark ... Kelly Williamson has set a new personal high for kills in a single-season with 325. She has crushed her previous high of 296 kills, which was set last season.
Buck Looking for Single Season Record ... Allison Buck is looking to break the Lobos’ all-time single-season record in digs. Currently, Buck sits at 465 digs for the season, which breaks her previous single-season high of 455 digs. Her 455 digs did rank No. 2 all time on the Lobos’ single-season records list. Sharon Browning holds the all-time single-season record with 499 digs; Browning’s record has stood since 1992. With two regular season matches left, as well as conference tournament games, one could reason that Buck has a legitimate shot to break the all-time UNM record, with 34 digs to go.
Agre Quietly Having Superb Sophomore Season ... Sophomore setter Mariah Agre has consistently been atop the MW in assists this season. She currently ranks No. 3 in assists with an 10.29 assists per set average. She has a great shot at topping 1,000 assists for the season as she currently sits at 938. Agre also has an outside shot of recording the 10th best all-time single season mark for assists if she can catch Sarah Kwasigroch, who recorded 1,068 assists in 2006.
Lobos in the Mountain West ... The Lobos currently rank second in overall digs (16.19) and are third in opponent hitting percentage (.169) in the MW. In MW matches alone, the Lobos are second in digs per set (16.36).
Killin’ It ... Ashley Rhoades is currently second in the MW rankings for kills per set and points per set. She is averaging 3.89 KPS and 4.55 PPS overall. She set a career single- match high for kills with 31 against Boise State on Oct. 1.
Digging for Gold ... Allison Buck set a new career-high in digs with 36 in UNM’s win over Delaware Sept. 17 at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic. The senior is currently second the MW in digs per set with 4.98.
Double-Double Animal Style ... Senior Kelly Williamson and sophomore Mariah Agre lead the Lobos this year in double doubles recorded. Agre is tops on the team with 12, while Williamson has six. The Lobos are 7-7 on the season when a player records a double double.
Homegrown Lobos ... Almost half of the 15 players on the UNM roster are local New Mexicans. Seven current Lobos played at high schools in the state of New Mexico. Ashley Rhoades, Chelsea McCampbell and Jayla Trombley all played at Rio Rancho HS, Chan- tale Riddle (Roswell HS), Jordan Russell (Moriarty HS), Ashley Newman (St. Pius X) and Miquella Lovato (Pojoaque HS).