Oct. 27, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL:
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-19, 0-8 MWC) at BYU (16-6, 6-3)
WHERE: Provo, Utah - Smith Fieldhouse
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31 - 7 p.m.
TEAMS: New Mexico (3-19, 0-8 MWC) vs. Utah (13-7, 7-2)
WHERE: Salt Lake City, Utah - Crimson Court
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 1 - 7 p.m.
LOBOS HIT THE ROAD FOR TWO MATCHES THIS WEEKEND - The Lobo volleyball team will head to the state of Utah for two road matches this weekend. New Mexico matches up against BYU Friday, Oct. 31 and Utah Saturday, Nov. 1. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Cougars (16-6, 6-3 Mountain West) split two road matches last weekend against Wyoming and Colorado State. BYU topped the Cowgirls in four games in Laramie but were swept by Colorado State in Fort Collins. BYU has won three of its last four matches and 12 of its last 15. The Cougars beat the Lobos in three games in Albuquerque Oct. 2 (30-18, 30-28, 30-25).
BYU features a balanced offense, with three players hitting over .300, including freshman Lindsy Hartsock (.373, second in MWC). Sophomore Kim Wilson is sixth in the MWC with 3.89 kills per game.
Utah (13-7, 7-2 MWC) is coming off a four-game loss at Colorado State and a five-game win at Wyoming. The Utes' only two losses in the MWC have come at the hands of CSU. Utah defeated UNM in Johnson Arena Oct. 3 in three games (30-19, 30-21, 30-12).
In Mountain West play, Utah leads the league in attack percentage (.271) and is second in kills (16.00 pg) and assists (14.58 pg).
LOBO UPDATE - The Lobos won two games against arch-rival New Mexico Oct. 21, but still lost in five games in Las Cruces. In Mountain West play, UNM fell to Air Force Oct. 24 at Johnson Arena.
UNM came close to pulling off an upset over intrastate rival New Mexico State, but lost in five games (14-30, 30-28, 23-30, 30-27, 7-15) before a crowd of 1,835 Oct. 21 at the Pan American Center.
Several Lobos put up career numbers in the five-game, two-hour match. Anna Reines collected 16 kills and a career-high four block solos to go along with eight digs. Chelsea Sondrup produced UNM's third double-double of the season and established new career marks with 14 kills and 12 digs. Defensively, Adah Burke and freshman Lindsay Smith set personal bests with 23 and 10 digs, respectively. Monica Meihack paced the offense with 45 assists.
New Mexico also set season-highs for block solos (five), digs (65) and total attempts (180).
Trinia Cuseo led NMSU with 17 kills while Morgan Reader tallied 53 assists and Jackie Godber had 27 digs.
The Aggies dominated game one, holding UNM to a .053 hitting percentage (11-9-38) while hitting .452 (16-2-31) and committing just two errors
In game two, the Aggies took an early lead, but the Lobos came back with an 11-4 run to take the lead at 21-18. The Aggies would regain the lead but falter down the stretch, losing seven of the last 10 points.
In game three, UNM and NMSU traded the first few points with the game tied at 8, but the Aggies pulled away for the 30-23 win.
In game four, the Aggies and Lobos once again traded points, with no team taking advantage of the other's mistakes. The Lobos' largest lead in the game was at 17-12 before going on to force a fifth and final game with a 30-27 game four win.
In game five, the Aggies and Lobos kept the final game close before the Aggies exploded on a 11-3 run end the match.
Air Force won for the first time in school history in Albuquerque as the Falcons held off the New Mexico volleyball team in three games (30-16, 30-28, 30-26) Oct. 24 at Johnson Arena.
Falcon outside hitter Delavane Diaz, who entered the match leading the Mountain West in kills and points, registered a double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs. Kristin Huitt tallied 27 assists and Lamecca Jefferson had 13 kills.
The Falcons controlled the first game, limiting the Lobos to a .094 attack percentage while hitting .424 for the 30-16 win.
Game two was a battle throughout as no team built more than a two-point advantage the entire game. With the game knotted at 26, Air Force ran off two points to go up 28-26. An Anna Reines kill closed the game the one at 28-27, but the teams traded points the rest of the way as Air Force won, 30-28.
The Lobos came out determined in game three, taking an early 5-4 lead and staying out in front until Air Force tied it at 9. The Falcons then built a five-point lead at 17-12 and were up by three-to-four points during the middle portion of the game. With Air Force up 24-20, UNM rattled off four straight points to tie the game at 24. The run wasn't enough, however, as Air Force then went on a 6-2 run to close out the game at 30-26.
LOBOS DEFEAT ALUMNI - The Lobo volleyball program welcomed back 13 former players for the annual Alumni Match Oct. 25 at Johnson Arena. In a controlled scrimmage with referees, this year's Lobos defeated the alumni three games to one in a competitve match.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND - Lobo fans came out in force as a season-high 1,339 fans showed up for this year's Jam Johnson Oct. 3, but it wasn't enough to propel UNM as it fell to Utah in three games (30-19, 30-21, 30-12). The Utes hit an impressive .512 for the match and collected 52 kills on only eight errors. Freshman Georgia Whitson led the Lobos with a career-high 11 kills.
Against BYU, the Lobos stayed close in every game but the Cougars answered every UNM run as the BYU won in three games (30-18, 30-28, 30-25). Jennifer Heasty compiled a .786 hitting percentage (11K-0E-14TA) for the match.
SET ME UP - After playing libero for eight matches from Sept. 12-26, junior Monica Meihack has started seven of UNM's eight MWC matches at setter. Meihack responded well to her initial position change as she earned top libero honors at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Tournament and improved UNM's digs per game from 7.86 to 12.44. But after tallying the second most assists in a Lobo season in 2002 with 1,249, head coach Kelley Sliva McKee decided it was time to put Meihack back into her normal position. Meihack is eighth in MWC play with 7.43 assists per game.
Freshman Lindsay Smith, a talented recruit who has the ability to set up a very up-tempo offense, filled in nicely when Meihack was at libero. Smith stepped up to the challenge, collecting over 30 assists in six of her eight starts, including a career-high 49 vs. Ohio.
AMAZIN' ANNA - Senior Anna Reines is the offensive team leader, pacing the team in kills (3.45 pg) and points (295.5). Reines, a dominant outside hitter, polished her game in the offseason by participating on the USA Select Team at the Spring Cup in Brno, Czech Republic. The hard work has paid off, as she earned all-tournament honors at the Fresno State Invitational and the Comcast Lobo Invitational. Some of her top performances this season include: season-high 23 kills vs. Saint Louis Sept. 13; .364 attack percentage (10K-2E-22A) vs. New Mexico State Sept. 22; and 16 kills and career-high four block solos at New Mexico State Oct. 21. Reines collected her 900th career kill vs. Utah Oct. 3 and is only 22 away from her 1,000th career kill.
The Big Lake, Minn., native transferred from the University of Minnesota after one season and has been a presence on the court ever since for the Lobos. Reines led the team in attack percentage (.257) and kills (3.86 pg) last season. For her efforts, Reines became the first Lobo since 1998 to earn first-team all-conference honors.
ACES WILD - New Mexico is third in the conference in service aces with 1.77 per game. UNM posted a season-high 13 aces vs. Alcorn State Sept. 6. The Lobos currently have 133 aces for the season; the school record stands at 292 (1981).
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH - Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup, who set the Lobo single-season mark for block assists (131) in her freshman campaign, is once again leading UNM in blocks this season. Sondrup has 58 blocks (three solo, 55 assists) and is second on the team in kills (168; 2.24 pg) and points (216.5). Sondrup tallied UNM's third double-double of the season with a career-high 14 kills and 12 digs at New Mexico State Oct. 21.
Sondrup also set two UNM single-game block records against SMU Sept. 20, 2002 for blocks (14) and block assists (13).
DOUBLE DUNSMOOR - Freshman Lauren Dunsmoor leads the Lobos this season with two double-doubles. Dunsmoor collected 14 digs and 10 kills vs. Sacramento State Sept. 20 and tallied 12 digs and 12 kills in her first career MWC match Sept. 26 at Air Force. Unfortunately, the Lobos have been without her services the last five matches due to an injury.
THERKELSEN MAKING PRESENCE KNOWN - Freshman Kelly Therkelsen has had a solid start to her Lobo career this fall, ranking third on the team in kills (132) and fourth in points (159). Therkelsen was named to the Albuquerque Marriott All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and 17 digs in the the tournament, including a career-high 13 kills vs. Ohio. The Eagan, Minn., native is a very versatile player, as she also has 27 assists, 52 digs and 40 blocks.
HEASTY LEADS LOBOS AT THE NET - Jennifer Heasty leads the Lobos with a .241 attack percentage. She hit a career-high .786 (11K-0E-14TA) against BYU Oct. 2 and also hit .583 vs. rival New Mexico State. The Westminster, Colo., native collected a season-high 13 kills and 15.5 points at Air Force Sept. 26 in her first career MWC match. Heasty is second on the team in blocks (48) and third in points (170). In the Comcast Lobo Invitational tournament-title game, Heasty racked up a career-high eight block assists to secure the win over Delaware.
HEAD COACH Kelley Sliva McKee - Kelley Sliva McKee begins her second season at the helm of the Lobo volleyball program. Sliva McKee came to UNM after spending nine years at Northern Arizona University. Her career record stands at 156-144 after guiding the 2002 Lobos to a 10-21 record.
In her nine years at NAU, Sliva McKee posted a record of 143-104 (.579) and a 79-57 mark in the Big Sky. The last five seasons at NAU she was 90-45 (.667) and she became the first coach in program history to lead the school to five straight winning seasons. She took the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance (1999) and earned two Big Sky titles (1999 tournament and 2000 regular season). She was named the 1999 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
YOUNG GUNS - This year's Lobo squad features nine freshmen to go along with one senior (Anna Reines), two juniors (Monica Meihack, Adah Burke) and one sophomore (Chelsea Sondrup). Reines, Meihack and Sondrup all started last season for UNM. Eight of the nine freshmen have seen action thus far in the season.
The Lobos are the youngest team in the Mountain West Conference with nine freshman, three of whom start. BYU has seven freshman on its roster, while San Diego State and UNLV each have six.
2003 Team Season Highs
Kills - 62 vs. Youngstown State (9/5) Attempts - 180 at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .346 (45K-8E-107A) vs. New Mexico State (9/22) Assists - 55 vs. Ohio (9/20) Service Aces - 13 vs. Alcorn State (9/6) Digs - 65 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 5 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 25 vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 13 at UNLV (10/11)
2003 Individual Season Highs
Kills - 23, Anna Reines vs. Saint Louis (9/13) Attempts - 55, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .786 (11K-0E-14A), Jennifer Heasty vs. BYU (10/2) Assists - 49, Lindsay Smith vs. Ohio (9/20) Service Aces - 4 (Four times) Digs - 23, Adah Burke at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 4, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Points - 23.5, Anna Reines vs. Saint Louis (9/13)