Nov. 15, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (9-18, 5-10 MWC) wrap up the Mountain West Conference regular season this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Laramie, Wyoming. It is the Cowgirls' (11-14, 5-9 MWC) final match of the season and they will honor their lone senior prior to the match.
CSTV's GameTracker provides live stats and is available at www.GoLobos.com for free. Live streaming of the match is also available at www.WyomingAthletics.com.
IN THE PAST: Wyoming extended its win streak vs. New Mexico to nine games with the 3-0 win in both team's conference opener on Sept. 14. Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild posted 14 kills to lead the Lobos while freshman Rose Morris chipped in with 11. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch dished out 41 of the team's 45 assists. Sophomore Gayle Tripp recorded 17 digs while freshman Kathleen Crawley notched 10. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 32-23, Wyoming
Record in Albuquerque: 14-12, Wyoming
Record in Laramie: 16-8, Wyoming
Record at neutral site: 3-2, New Mexico
Record in 3 games: 9-7, Wyoming
Record in 4 games: 12-8, Wyoming
Record in 5 games: 8-8
Last 5 matches: 5-0, Wyoming
Last 10 matches: 9-1, Wyoming
Last UNM win: 11/9/01 (3-2)
Last UNM loss: 9/14/06 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/6/00 (3-0)
Last UNM home loss: 9/14/06 (3-0)
Last UNM road win: 11/9/01 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: 11/19/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: 9/17/88 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral loss: 9/21/84 (2-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 2000
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 10/6/00 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 9/14/06 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 4, 11/7/87-11/5/88
Longest UNM losing streak: 9, 10/11/02-current
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS: Wyoming is 11-14 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West but host TCU Thursday night before finishing the regular season with the Lobos. The Cowgirls have lost two straight and 11of their last 14. They have conference wins over UNM, Air Force (twice), UNLV and San Diego State. UW is 6-3 at home this season, including a 3-3 mark in conference play.
As a team, Wyoming's averages are lower than their opponents in every category except aces. The Cowgirls hit .184 and average 14.36 kills, 12.99 assists, 1.38 aces, 16.40 digs and 1.89 blocks per game. Their opponents hit .216 and average 14.95 kills, 13.63 assists, 1.12 aces, 17.46 digs and 3.24 blocks per game. UW currently is fifth in the conference seedings with a .357 win percentage. They rank third in digs, sixth in aces, seventh in hit percentage, opponent hit percentage, assists and kills and eighth in blocks.
Rachel Smith, Tasha Weishahn, Micah Lines and Samantha Eley lead the Wyoming attack. Smith is sixth in the MWC in kills (3.70 pg) and seventh in points (4.10 pg). Weishahn is fifth in the conference in assists, averaging 10.91 per game. Lines and Eley are both in the MWC top-10 for digs, taking seventh and eighth, respectively, with averages of 3.77 and 3.75 per game.
LOBOS ON THE MTN.: The New Mexico vs. TCU match from Nov. 10 will air three times this week on the mtn. In Albuquerque on Comcast channel 276, the match will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
FINISHING STRONG: Head coach Kelley McKee said before the season started that one of her goals for the team this season was to finish strong. Well the team in doing just that, earning wins in two of their last three matches and raising their team and individual averages significantly. The Lobos are hitting .185 and averaging 13.91 kills, 13.36 assists, 2.27 aces and 2.82 blocks in the last three contests, which is a major improvement from their season averages as a whole. A major key to the team's recent improvement is the play of sophomore Jeanne Fairchild. She is hitting .264 and averaging 5.45 kills, 2.09 digs and 0.45 blocks. Also boosting the averages is sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch, who has dished out 12.73 assists, 0.64 aces, 2.18 digs and 0.55 blocks.
DROP DA' BOMB: The Lobos have been dropping aces on their opponents quite frequently. In the last three games, they have recorded nine, eight and eight, respectively. Most of them have been coming from sophomores Sarah Kwasigroch and Gayle Tripp, who each have recorded seven in the last three games. In the last match vs. TCU, Tripp posted four while Kwasigroch and freshman Allison Suiter added two apiece.
BLOCKING WITH THE BEST: Senior Kelly Therkelsen has proven to be one of the best blockers in the program's history. She entered the year third on New Mexico's career block assists list and has posted 71, placing her second with 321. The record will not be broken by Therkelsen though, needing 112 to catch Chelsea Sondrup's 433.
Therkelsen is also on the career total blocks list, holding second with 331. She won't be able to catch Sondrup in this category either, needing 134 to surpass Sondrup's 465.
SETTING WITH SARAH: Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch is closer to setting program records thanks to her stellar setting. With 2,070 career assists, Kwasigroch is already on of the top-10 in New Mexico's history. Currently, she is ninth, needing 27 to take over eight and 124 for seventh. With UNM's best career assist per game average at 10.78, she should break Janelle Torres' record of 3,794 assists early in her senior season, needing 1,724 for the top spot.
TRIPP DIGS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Sophomore Gayle Tripp has dug her way into the program's season record book thanks to her 396 digs this season. That mark currently leaves her in fourth place, needing 34 to take over third and 44 to take over second. With a 4.36 digs per game average, she will need to increase her average or keep her team on the floor for more than three games to move up as the Lobos have just two guaranteed matches remaining.
ON THE HORIZON: Senior Kelly Therkelsen has already placed herself in the career blocking records but she has other records on the horizon. She moved into ninth place for attacks, increasing her total to 2,490. She is 7 kills and 15 points from making the top-10, currently posting 912 and 1159.5. Therkelsen will need to keep her team on the court for more than three matches and/or make it past the first round of the MWC Tournament for a shot at games and matches played, needing 15 games and three matches to make the top-10.