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Match 9 vs. TCU
September 16 7 p.m.
Lobo League / Greeks At The Game Night
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
This Week: The Lobos (7-1, 0-0 MWC) will open Mountain West Conference action on Wednesday night at the Johnson Center against TCU. UNM holds a 7-3 advantage in the series, including a 5-0 edge in Johnson Center. TCU is currently 8-3 on the season. Wednesday night is Lobo League/Greeks @ the Game Night at Johnson Center. Lobo League members get in for $1 and should contact Lobo League Director Dave Buchholz at (505) 277-2472 for more information.
** UNM leaves Friday for the Arizona Invitational by Marriott University Park, Sept. 19-20. The Lobos will face UTEP and host No. 21 Arizona on Saturday with a single match on Sunday against Tulane. UNM volleyball media relations director Judy Willson will Twitter during the matches in Tucson.
If You Can't Make It To The Johnson Center: Lobo fans can follow all the action Wednesday night through Gametracker and All Access links on GoLobos.com. Lobo junior nursing student Jessica Montoya will call the play-by-play.
Next Week: UNM continues Mountain West Conference action on the road at Colorado State and Wyoming. Thursday night's match in Fort Collins will be televised on The Mtn.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 18th in the nation with an attendance average of 1,401 fans over the first three weeks of the season. It is the first time since 1996 that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first six matches of the season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high so far in 2009 is 1,911 vs. Baylor on Sept. 11. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 11th overall with an average of 1,987 fans per match. New Mexico finished the 2008 season ranked 20th in the national attendance rankings. UNM averaged 1,570 fans over the 13 home matches of the 2008 season.
Michaelsen Earns Third All-Tournament Team honor; Morris also on All-Tournament Team ... Lobo team captains Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the Comcast Lobo Challenge All-Tournament Team over the weekend. For Michaelsen, it is her third all-tournament team honor of the season. Morris, making her first appearance of the season on an all-tournament team, had a solid weekend with a career-high 20 kills vs. Baylor on Friday night. She finished the tournament with 11 kills, and a trip to the emergency room for a finger injury late in the fourth set, against Pitt.
About New Mexico (7-1, 0-0 MWC) ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 24 Baylor. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Jade Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Lisa Meeter and Allison Buck were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the season. It is the third season in a row the Lobos have started the season 3-0 and won the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Anna Lehne was named the tournament MVP, and joined by Michaelsen and Buck on the all-tournament team ... The Lobos were picked third in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, the same place they finished the 2008 season. The big difference this season is UNM earned three first-place votes from the voting panel of coaches and media ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen was named MWC Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.
About TCU (8-3, 0-0 MWC) ... The Frogs are currently 8-3 on the season, coming into Albuquerque for the MWC season opener. TCU won the Akron Invitational over the weekend with wins over St. Francis (Pa.), West Virginia and Akron. Senior middle blocker Kourtney Edwards earned her second straight tournament MVP honor over the weekend, while recording her 445th career block. Edwards leads the Frogs with 3.17 kills and 1.12 blocks per set. Head coach Prentice Lewis is in her eighth season with TCU.
The Lobos and Frogs have both played, now-No. 24, Baylor this season. Both teams lost to the Bears 3-2 on their home courts.
Lobos vs TCU - 7-3 H: 5-0; A: 2-3; N: 0-0 10/5/96 W, 3-0 Albuquerque, N.M. 11/1/96 W, 3-0 Fort Worth, Texas 10/8/05 W, 3-2 Fort Worth, Texas 11/4/05 W, 3-0 Albuquerque, N.M. 10/13/06 L, 0-3 Fort Worth, Texas 11/10/06 W, 3-0 Albuqueruque, N.M. 9/28/07 W, 3-0 Albuquerque, N.M. 10/26/07 L, 2-3 Fort Worth, Texas 9/17/08 L, 2-3 Fort Worth, Texas 11/21/08 W, 3-0 Albuquerque, N.M.
Injury update ... Lobo senior outside hitter Rose Morris will the next three weeks with a finger injury suffered in the Pitt match on Sept. 12. Morris suffered the injury on a block in the fourth set with the score tied at 22-22.
First RPI rankings of the season ... RichKern.com released its first RPI rankings of the season on Monday night. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 14 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 20, one of UNM's highest rankings. Kern also has the Lobos ranked 40 in his current poll. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.
Jamming Johnson Early And Often ... Even though the official date for Jam Johnson in Thursday, Oct. 1 vs. San Diego State, the Lobos have set a tone for the season. UNM is averaging 1,401 fans over six sessions, currently ranking 18th in the nation over the first three weekends of action. It is the first time since 1996 that the Lobos have recorded over 1,000 fans in each of the first six matches of the season.
Lobos Finish Second In Comcast Lobo Challenge; Four Career Performances During The Weekend ... New Mexico finished in second place at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge. The Lobos were edged out by the now ranked No. 24 Baylor Bears, 3-2, in a tough match the evening of Sept. 11 for the tournament title. Earlier in the day, UNM beat Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, with a spread out offense led by senior Anna Lehne with 10 kills, seniro Rose Morris with nine and junior Lisa Meeter and sophomore Ashley Rhoades with seven each. Lehne also put down seven blocks, followed by Rhoades with five ... Against Baylor, Morris recorded a career-high 20 kills, followed by Meeter with 14 and Lehne with 13 to keep UNM in the fight. Sophomore Allison Buck and junior Jade Michaelsen also had career nights with 23 and 14 digs, respectively against the Bears ... In the final round, UNM beat Pittsburgh, 3-1. Junior Taylor Hadfield had a career-high 16 kills, including three of the Lobos last four points to win the match. Morris and Meeter had 11 kills each ... Junior Jade Michaelsen was named to the all-tournament team for a strong performance in all three matches with a double-double against CSF and Baylor. Morris joined Michaelsen on the All-Tournament Team.