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Lobos Host BYU and Utah in Big MWC Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/31/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 31, 2007

Game Notes against BYU and UtahGet Acrobat Reader

Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Matches #24-25
vs. BYU
Friday, Nov. 2 • 7 p.m.
Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

vs. Utah
Saturday, Nov. 3 • 7 p.m.
Johnson Center • Albuquerque, N.M.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Against BYU: The Lobos beat the Cougars in Provo on Oct. 6, 3-1. It was the first time UNM had beaten BYU on its home court since Oct. 13, 1995. The Lobos will work to extend their home court win streak against BYU to two on Friday. BYU leads the series, 59-9.

Against Utah: The Lobos lost a tight three-game match at Utah on Oct. 5, losing by only a combined six points. UNM will work to end a five-match losing streak on Saturday against Utah. The Utes lead the series, 39-27.

Up Next: The Lobos take one last road trip before the conference tournament. UNM will play UNLV and San Diego State on Nov. 9 and 10. Match times at both sites are 8 p.m. (MST).

QUICK HITS

• Crowd Factor ... Lobo volleyball crowds at the Johnson Center continue to increase as the season progresses and the team brings new excitement to the court. The Lobos have had four consecutive home crowds of over 1,000 fans.

• Youth Night ... will be Friday, Nov. 2, against BYU at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Fans, ages 18 and under, can get in for just $1.

• Playing Against The Best ... The Lobos are 4-4 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament with wins against Long Island, Iowa State, Arizona State, and BYU. In all, the Lobos will play 11 matches this season against teams that participated in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, including six against Mountain West members BYU, Colorado State, and Utah.

• Tripp Keeps On Digging ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp has 1,060 digs on the season, moving into third place on the UNM career digs list. She needs just 54 to move into second place.

BYU IN 2007: The Cougars are 4-1 since losing to UNM earlier in the season. BYU is currently in third place in the Mountain West Conference at 7-4 and 15-6 overall. Chelsea Goodman leads the team with 4.45 kills per game, while Rachel Dyer leads in accuracy with a .423 hitting percentage. BYU was one of three teams to represent the MWC in the NCAA Tournament last season.

TEAM COMPARISON

UNM Category BYU 15-8 Record 15-6 6-5 MWC Record 7-4 t4th MWC Place 3rd .220 Hitting % .270 .164 Opp Hit % .192 15.01 Kills/G 15.87 13.80 Assists/G 15.05 2.64 Blocks/G 2.91 1.56 Aces/G 1.44 14.88 Digs/G 15.03

Top Individuals UNM BYU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .248, Anna Lehne .423, Rachel Dyer Kills/G: 4.82, Jeanne Fairchild 4.45, Chelsea Goodman Assists/G: 8.13, Jade Michaelsen 12.56, Kiana Rogers Aces/G: 0.38, Lisa Meeter 0.36, Chelsea Goodman Blocks/G: 1.12, Anna Lehne 1.40, Ashton Hansen Digs/G: 4.38, Gayle Tripp 3.99, Annie Pinegar Points/G: 5.26, Jeanne Fairchild 5.19, Chelsea Goodman

UTAH IN 2007: The Utes have a three-match win streak going into Tuesday's match at Utah State. Utah will also face TCU before coming to Albuquerque on Saturday. Utah is 10-11 on the season and currently tied with UNM and TCU for fourth place in the MWC at 6-5. Kathryn Haynie leads the Utes with 3.57 kills per game. Lori Baird was named MWC Co-Player of the Week on Monday for her performances against Wyoming and Air Force. Utah was one of three teams to represent the MWC in the NCAA Tournament last season.

TEAM COMPARISON

UNM Category UU 15-8 Record 10-11 6-5 MWC Record 6-5 t4th MWC Place t4th .220 Hitting % .177 .164 Opp Hit % .162 15.01 Kills/G 15.34 13.80 Assists/G 14.00 2.64 Blocks/G 2.96 1.56 Aces/G 1.12 14.88 Digs/G 15.83

Top Individuals UNM UU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .248, Anna Lehne .298, Lori Baird Kills/G: 4.82, Jeanne Fairchild 3.57, Kathryn Haynie Assists/G: 8.13, Jade Michaelsen 8.30, Keisha Fisher Aces/G: 0.38, Lisa Meeter 0.28, Kathryn Haynie Blocks/G: 1.12, Anna Lehne 1.60, Lori Baird Digs/G: 4.38, Gayle Tripp 3.95, Connie Dangerfield Points/G: 5.26, Jeanne Fairchild 4.10, Kathryn Haynie

LAST TIME OUT ...
Oct. 26, at TCU, L, 2-3

The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough five-game match to TCU, 30-23, 30-24, 24-30, 22-30, 15-12. The Lobos came out of the intermission strong, but could not put away TCU in Game Five. It was a tale of two teams as UNM struggled in Games One and Two, then fought back in Games Three and Four to force Game Five. The Lobos were up by four, 8-4, early in Game One. But TCU took the lead 10-9 and never let UNM get back in the game for the 30-23 win. Game Two started with the Lobos taking a 6-4 lead, before TCU jumped ahead 17-13. UNM evened up the score at 19 on block by Anna Lehne and Rose Morris. Nirelle Hampton served TCU on an 8-0 run to a 27-19 lead. The Lobos held TCU on game point for three points, cutting the lead to 29-24 on Lehne block. A kill by TCU sealed the 30-24 win and gave the Horned Frogs at 2-0 lead going into intermission. Out of the break, the teams played evenly to 13, before UNM took the lead on a Jeanne Fairchild kill, 14-13. Kelsi Phillips served the Lobos on a 6-0 run to build up a 24-16 lead. UNM held on to win, 30-24. In Game Four the Lobos took the lead on a kill by Kerri Beck, 13-12. Kat Crawley continued the run, serving UNM to 17-12 lead. The Lobos built up a 28-18 lead on the serve of Fairchild and held on to win, 30-22. The Lobos got off to a rough start in Game Five as TCU took a 5-0 lead. Fairchild put down one of her team-high 23 kills to stop the run and get UNM back on the board. UNM closed to within two on another Fairchild kill, 5-3. TCU built the lead back up to five at 12-7. After a Lobo timeout, UNM chipped away at the lead, closing to within two, 14-12, on back-to-back kills by Fairchild. But TCU won the match on a kill, 15-12. Junior libero Gayle Tripp had 20 digs on the night to move up three places on the UNM career digs list during the match. At the end of Game Two, Tripp had nine digs to move into fourth place with 1,049. Her final dig of the match moved her into third place with 1,060 digs. She needs 54 digs to move into second place. In addition to Fairchild's 23 kills, Lisa Meeter had 15, Rose Morris had 12, and Kerri Beck had 10. Jade Michaelsen recorded her third double-double of the season with 43 assists and 12 digs. Kelsi Phillips also chipped in with 14 digs.

LOBO MID-SEASON RPI, OFFICIALLY ... On Friday, Oct. 12, the NCAA released the official mid-season RPI rankings ... The Lobos are ranked 44th in the nation and fifth in the Mountain West.

LOBO RPI, UNOFFICIALLY ... National volleyball guru Rich Kern publishes a weekly RPI, along with the Pablo RPI, both unofficial rating systems that are similar to the RPI system that the NCAA Volleyball Committee will use in November to select the field of 64 teams ... The Lobos are currently ranked 56th in the Pablo ranking and 50th in the Rich Kern ranking ... The tendancy is for teams to be in the top 60 to have a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

RED CROSS UNIT ... The Lobos training room is getting a little busy heading into the last part of the season ... Joelle Ingram - ankle (out) ... Jeanne Fairchild - foot (day-to-day) ... Kerri Beck - shoulder (day-to-day).

DOUBLING UP ... Freshman outside hitter Lisa Meeter continues to pick up double-doubles, leading the team with 11 this season ... Redshirt freshman setter Jade Michaelsen recorded the first two double-doubles of her career at Utah and BYU.

Lisa Meeter (11)
Aug. 25	vs. San Jose State	18 kills-15 digs
Aug. 31	at Arizona State	13 kills-19 digs
Sept. 1	vs. Northern Arizona	10 kills-10 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Northern Colorado	11 kills-16 digs
Sept. 7	vs. Bowling Green	11 kills-10 digs
Sept. 8	vs. Gonzaga	18 kills-14 digs
Sept. 15	at Colorado State	12 kills-10 digs
Sept. 20	vs. Air Force	11 kills-12 digs
Sept. 21	vs. Wyoming	14 kills-16 digs
Sept. 28	vs. TCU	14 kills-11 digs
Oct. 6	at No. 23 BYU	14 kills-15 digs

Sarah Kwasigroch (3) Aug. 24 vs. Florida Atlantic 27 assists-10 digs Aug. 31 at Arizona State 19 assists-16 digs Sept. 8 vs. Gonzaga 20 assists-13 digs

Jade Michaelsen (2) Oct. 5 at Utah 27 assists-12 digs Oct. 6 at No. 23 BYU 38 assists-11 digs Oct. 26 at TCU 43 assists-12 digs

1,000 DIGS BY TRIPP ... Junior libero Gayle Tripp is on pace to move into second place on the New Mexico career digs list this season. Tripp joined the UNM 1,000-Dig Club on Saturday, Oct. 13, against UNLV. She now has 1,060 career digs, placing her third on the career list. She needs just 54 to move all the way into second place past Tania Gooley (1,113; 1991-94). Tripp is the seventh player to record 1,000+ digs in Mountain West Conference history. She is one of four active players in the league with 1,000+.
	UNM Career Digs
	1. Sharon Browning	1,504	1989-92
	2. Tania Gooley	1,113	1991-94
	3. Gayle Tripp	1,060	2005-present
	4. Alicia Bergmann	1,059	1992-95
	5. Maria Gurreri	1,048	1987-90
	    Gretchen Gegenfurtner	1,048	1993-96
	7. Nao Ikeda-Nagatomo	1,020	1986-89
	8. Paula Feathers	1,019	1995-98
	9. Nana Allison	1,005	1996-99
	    Janelle Torres	1,005	1996-99

MOVING MOUNTAINS ... The Lobos have tied their highest win total in Mountain West Conference play at six. The 2005 team recorded six MWC wins on the season. UNM will have a chance to set a new mark on Friday against BYU.

WINNING WAYS ... New Mexico's 15 overall wins is the highest total by a Lobo team since joining the Mountain West in 1999. The Lobos recorded 14 wins in 2005 (14-14).

AND THAT'S ANOTHER NEW MEXICO ACE ... The Lobos have 131 aces on the season, compared to only 85 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team and is second in the Mountain West Conference with 32 (0.38 per game) on the season ... Meeter had a career-high four aces against Bowling Green on Sept. 7 and again at No. 15 San Diego ... Kerri Beck and Allie Suiter each had five aces in one match during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Beck, a transfer from Eastern Washington known more for her hitting efficiency and blocking, recorded five aces against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 24. Suiter, a sophomore, had five against Grambling State on Aug. 25 ... Freshman outside hitter Melissa Middleton recorded a career-high three aces against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1.

ASSISTS BY SARAH, NOW OVER 2,500 ... Junior setter Sarah Kwasigroch has a chance to move into the top-five on the New Mexico list for career assists this season. Coming into the season, Kwasigroch had 2,156 career assists, sitting at eighth on the career list. She is now at 2,503, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 338 assists to pass Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) for sixth place.

	UNM Career Assists
	1. Janelle Tores	3,794	1996-99
	2. Alicia Bergmann	3,283	1992-95
	3. Sharon Browning	3,214	1989-92
	4. Jocelyn Funk	3,153	1983-86
	5. Karen Saavedra-Warnock	2,845	1985-88
	6. Monica Meihack	2,840	2002-04
	7. Sarah Kwasigroch	2,503	2005-present
	8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner	2,193	1993-96
STREAK IS NOW 1 ... The Lobos are trying to end some ominous streaks this season ... On Oct. 6, UNM won for the first time at BYU since Oct. 13, 1995, with a 3-1 win ... The Lobos ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming on Sept. 21 with a hard fought, 3-0 win.

NO. 250 FOR NELSON ... Head coach Jeff Nelson recorded his 250th career win on Friday, Sept. 7, with the 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado in the first session of the Comcast Lobo Invitational.

A FIRST ... The Lobo win at Arizona State on Aug. 31 was the first time New Mexico has beaten the Sun Devils in 18 tries. UNM held off host ASU, 3-2 for the victory.

NON-CONFERENCE RECORD AMONG BEST ... The Lobos' 9-3 non-conference record ranks among the top 10 in program history ... It is the first time since 1990 that New Mexico will have a regular season non-conference record over .700.

	UNM BEST NON-CONFERENCE RECORDS (by percentage)
	1.	1986	.875 (14-2)
	2.	1989	.867 (13-2)
	3.	1988	.833 (15-3)
	4.	1983	.793 (23-6)
	5.	1990	.789 (15-4)
	6.	2007	.750 (9-3)
	7.	1992	.688 (11-5)
		1994	.688 (11-5)
	9.	1993	.667 (10-5)
		2005	.667 (8-4)
UNDEFEATED START AMONG BEST IN UNM HISTORY ... The Lobos made history with their 7-0 start to the season ... 7-0 ranks fourth among the best starts in program history.
	UNM Best Starts
	1.	1988	15-0
	2.	1986	10-0
		1990	10-0
	4.	2007	7-0
	5.	1989	5-0
	6.	1994	4-0
PICKING UP EARLY HARDWARE ... The Lobos are off to a solid start with two tournament championships and a runner-up finish to begin the 2007 season ... New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25 ... Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona ... A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship ... The Lobos finished up the non-conference tournament portion of the season with a runner-up finish at the Comcast Lobo Invitational with wins over Northern Colorado and Bowling Green, and a tough 3-2 loss to Gonzaga.

ALL-TOURNEY HONORS BUILD UP ... Several Lobos are being recognized for their efforts in non-conference tournament action this season ... On Aug. 25, Jeanne Fairchild, Gayle Tripp and Lisa Meeter were named to the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic all-tournament team. Fairchild was named the tourney MVP ... On Sept. 2, Fairchild and Kerri Beck were named to the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. Again, Fairchild was named tournament MVP ... On Sept. 8, Fairchild was named to her third all-tournament team of the season for her performance in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She was joined by Meeter on the all-tournament team.

HITTING THE BOOKS ... In July, the AVCA announced that the UNM was one of 55 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 season. The award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The UNM volleyball team had a team GPA of 3.63 in the 2006 fall semester and a 3.31 in the spring of 2007.

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