April 2, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team recorded a strong first weekend of the spring season. The Lobos beat the Southwest All-Stars on Friday, March 28, at the Johnson Center, 3-0, then swept through their home tournament, with four wins on March 29.
"I saw some really great things out of our team this past weekend," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "I thought our defense looked very solid and feel that our middles are improving. We also showed more depth than we had last Fall."
On Friday, the Lobos beat an All-Stars team, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22, that included former All-Americans Colleen Smith, Kristen Carlson, and Christa Faris. UNM senior-to-be Jeanne Fairchild, a 2007 All-Mountain West Conference honoree for the Lobos, had an outstanding hitting performance, as well as sophomore-to-be Taylor Hadfield and junior-to-be Rose Morris. Setters Jade Michaelsen and Sarah Kwasigroch played well, while splitting duties.
In the UNM Spring Tournament on Saturday, the Lobos beat Frank Phillips twice (25-13, 25-17, 15-10 and 25-18, 25-18), the All-Stars team (25-16, 17-25, 15-11) and the University of Denver (23-25, 25-17, 15-2). The team finished the weekend 5-0 and every player got solid playing time. Liberos Kelsi Phillips and Gayle Tripp shared time at the position and did a great job passing and on defense. Lisa Meeter, the 2007 MWC Freshman of the Year, continued to do well from the service line, putting UNM up against Denver, 11-0 at one point in the match.
"It was fun to see a couple of our new players get some court time as well," said Nelson. "Amy Wong and Christian Shelter saw some action and did some good things for us."
The Lobos continue Spring action on Saturday, April 5 at the University of Denver Spring Tournament. UNM is scheduled to play Nebraska (9:30 a.m.), Wyoming (11 a.m.), and Colorado State (1:30 p.m.). The tournament will be held at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood, Colo.