Volleyblog: Love Red, Live Green
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/17/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 17, 2010

Dear Lobo Fans:

Thanks for checking in with us this week! The whole team really appreciates all the support we receive from our fans near and far, and I think you all should hear it often!

Let me begin by recapping last week. We started off the week as usual - in the weight room with Joaquin Chavez on Monday and Tuesday, and practicing hard in Johnson Center. By the time Thursday rolled around, we were anxious to host our second home tournament of the season, the Comcast Lobo Challenge. The competition was great last weekend. We knocked off Sacramento State in four sets our first match, and then beat Southern Methodist in four exciting sets as well. On Saturday, we suffered a tough loss to UC Santa Barbara in five, but still managed to get first place in the tournament. Thank you to all the fans that were there to cheer us on!

This week we got right back on track. On Monday we pinpointed issues we needed to work through as a team and began focusing on how to beat New Mexico State. Our Rio Grande Rivalry match was this Tuesday at the Johnson Center. We fought hard throughout the night and managed to take the game in five sets! It was extremely exciting and I'm so pleased we can officially say we are the best collegiate volleyball team in New Mexico for another year!

For those of you at the game on Tuesday, I hope you also took home the message that UNM Volleyball is making strides to become more sustainable! Our NMSU match was the venue for the first ever Green Game!

As a student of the Sustainability Studies Program at UNM, I am working on an on-going project to mitigate the negative impact our volleyball team has on the environment and to promote healthy, sustainable behaviors within our community. The Green Game was the first big step in the right direction. The event was hosted as a means to spread awareness of sustainability issues to the diverse group of people that make up our wonderful crowd at home games: college students, teachers, family members, children of all ages, you name it!

I was happy to see over 2200 people present at the game! 700 Compact Fluorescent light bulbs were distributed, carbon footprints were calculated, and the importance of sustainability was highlighted during the game. My goal for the evening was to ensure that everyone gained an understanding of how sustainability can be incorporated into our daily lives, whether it be by eating locally more often, switching out a light bulb, off-setting your carbon, taking a sustainability class or becoming more involved on campus and in the community!

I hope you all enjoyed the event and see potential in expanding the green movement through college athletics! I will keep you all posted on my efforts to continue greening UNM Volleyball.

Thanks again to all those who volunteered for your support and dedication throughout the project, as well as for being there to cheer the team to victory against our state rival!

If I can make one more request to you all who have helped me so much with putting on this event, it would be to assist me in continuing to spread this message:Love Red Live Green!

Go Lobos!
#13 Kelly Williamson

Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)
Friday, August 28
8:00 AM - 
at Belmont
3:00 PM - 
at Albany
Saturday, August 29
5:00 PM - 
at Ball State