Spring Report: Players, Coaches Connect In Exciting Semester
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/04/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 4, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Lobo Volleyball completed it's spring season last Sunday with an outdoor tournament benefiting the "free to play" campaign. Nearly 50 teams participated in the event, with seven competitive categories.

"It was a fantastic day, the sun was shining and we had a great turn out," first-year head coach Jeff Nelson. "All of our players had fun and got a full day of competition," he added.

UNM Volleyball has a commitment to community service and was able to raise some money and make more people aware of the "free to play" program. To see photos from the event, click here.

Two weeks ago the Lobos headed north to the Olympic Training Center for a full day of scrimmaging with the National Team Program and the University of Colorado. The Lobos played two matches against USA Volleyball and squared off with the Buffaloes in a late morning match as well.

"The entire experience was great for our team and the competition was awesome," said sophomore libero Gayle Tripp.

"While the wins were not abundant, the level of play and the pace were really helpful to our training and where we want the team to go in the future," added Nelson.

The Lobos had a full day at the Olympic Training Center seeing the sights besides hitting the court. The mtn. television station, MountainWest Sports Network, followed the team and did a segment, which can be viewed by clicking here.

The team began the season with trips to Houston and Arizona for tournaments. They also hosted a spring event in late March.

"We were fortunate to get to play a lot of ball this spring against some very good teams," Nelson said. "It really showed our staff what we have in place and what we need to work on for the future. I am extremely excited about the direction of this program and all of the hard work the entire team put in the past few months," concluded Nelson.

As the semester comes to a close, the Lobos turn their attention to finishing strong in the classroom. Next year all but one member of the 2006 team returns, along with three freshman signees. The 2007 season opens at home August 24-25 as the Lobos host their first of two tournaments. Mountain West Conference play begins September 15 at Colorado State and concludes with the championship Nov. 21-24 in Las Vegas.

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