Oct. 11, 2004
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL
New Mexico (7-9, 1-4 MWC) vs. San Diego State (1-17, 1-4)
Peterson Gym - San Diego, Calif. - Friday, Oct. 15 - 8 p.m. MT
LIVE STATS: Live stats of the match available at www.GoAztecs.com.
New Mexico vs. UNLV (8-7, 2-3)
Cox Arena - Las Vegas, Nev. - Saturday, Oct. 16 - 8 p.m. MT
GAMETRACKER: Live stats via Gametracker available at www.GoLobos.com in the upcoming events box on the front page.
LOBOS CONTINUE ROAD SWING WITH MATCHES AT SAN DIEGO STATE, UNLV: The New Mexico volleyball team (7-9, 1-4 Mountain West) continues its longest road stretch of the season with matches at San Diego State and UNLV this weekend. The Lobos picked up their first MWC victory of the season in their last match with a three-game sweep at Air Force Oct. 8 in Colorado Springs. With their first conference win now under their belt, the Lobos are looking to move up the conference standings as they close the first half of the league schedule against the Aztecs and Rebels.
UNM first travels to sunny Southern California to take on San Diego State Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. The Aztecs are struggling this season with a 1-17 overall record, but they are tied with the Lobos in the MWC standings with a 1-4 conference mark. The Lobos are looking to snap a 10-match losing streak to the Aztecs and pick up their first win in San Diego since Nov. 19, 1999. Live stats of the match will be available at San Diego State's website, www.GoAztecs.com.
The road trip continues to Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 16 as the Lobos match up against UNLV (8-7, 2-3) at 8 p.m. MT. New Mexico topped the Rebels in their last meeting in Albuquerque last season. Live stats of the UNLV match via Gametracker will be available at www.GoLobos.com in the upcoming events box on the right side of the page.
QUICK LOOK AT THE LOBOS - New Mexico is a mix of five returning letterwinners, two junior transfers and five freshmen. The young team has already eclipsed last season's win total and is looking to move up the Mountain West Conference standings with a strong league showing. UNM picked up its first conference win of the season with a three-game sweep at Air Force Oct. 8.
The Lobos showed their promise after claiming the Albuquerque Marriott Classic Sept. 17-18 with victories over Hartford, UTEP and Weber State. UNM placed four players on the all-tournament team, including Nicole Ryan, who was named the Most Valuable Player. UNM nearly upset then-No. 22 Utah in its last home match Oct. 2, leading two games to one and leading by five points midway through the fourth game before the Utes rallied back for the win.
Head coach Kelley McKee is in her third season with the Lobos, teaming up with third-year assistant Brent Aldridge and second-year assistant Chelsea Robb. McKee has a 164-159 (.508) career record in 12 years of coaching. She amassed a 143-104 (.579) in her nine years at Northern Arizona prior to arriving at UNM.
The Lobos were picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll. Individually, Adah Burke earned preseason All-Mountain West honors as the top libero in the conference.
LOBOS TO WATCH
-- Junior Chelsea Sondrup became the all-time leader in New Mexico history in block assists after recording 10 in the Utah match Oct. 2. Sondrup currently has 261 career block assists and now is adding to her all-time record every match - she put down seven in last week's action against New Mexico State and Air Force. Sondrup's next goal is to become the all-time blocks leader in school history - she is currently seventh on the school charts with 277, 49 behind Linda Archuleta's school record 326. Sondrup is third in MWC matches with 1.58 per game.
-- Junior Nicole Ryan leads the team and is seventh in the Mountain West with 3.30 kills per game. In Mountain West matches, she is fifth with 3.53 kills per game.
-- Senior Adah Burke is living up to her billing as the top libero in the Mountain West Conference. The preseason All-MWC selection leads the team and is second in the league with 4.33 digs per game. She dug a career-high 32 in the Wyoming match Sept. 24, which is third most in a match in school history and second most in a MWC match.
LOBO NOTES OF THE WEEK
-- UNM's sweep at Air Force Oct. 8 was their first road sweep since Oct. 25, 2002, which also came against the Falcons.
-- The win over Air Force marked the second sweep this season for the Lobos. The Lobos also took care of Hartford in three games Sept. 17 in the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic.
-- The Air Force win snapped a season-high five-match losing streak.
-- The Lobos are third in the MWC with 3.21 blocks per game in conference matches. They set a school record with 43 block assists in the Utah match Oct. 2. The Lobos' 22.5 team blocks vs. the Utes are the most of any Mountain West team this season.
THE WEEK THAT WAS:
LOBOS FALL TO ARCHRIVAL NEW MEXICO STATE, BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN AT AIR FORCE: New Mexico's week was a tale of two matches - a tough road loss at archrival New Mexico State, followed by a dominating three-game triumph at Air Force.
The Lobos fell to New Mexico State in three games, 15-30, 21-30, 25-30, Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Pan American Center on the NMSU campus. Nicole Ryan led the Lobos with 10 kills to go along with nine digs and a block. Kelly Therkelsen put down seven kills, Monica Meihack dished out 28 assists and Kim Cox had 14 digs. Therkelsen, Jennifer Heasty, Chelsea Sondrup and Samie Weber all had four blocks for UNM.
Several Lobos turned in impressive all-around performances in helping UNM sweep past Air Force in three games, 30-25, 31-29, 30-23, Friday, Oct. 8 at the Cadet East Gym. New Mexico earned its first Mountain West Conference win of the season in improving to 7-9 (1-4 Mountain West) for the year, while the Falcons remained winless in MWC play (4-11, 0-5 MWC).
Kelly Therkelsen led the UNM offense with 13 kills and only hit two errors for a career-high .524 attack percentage. Nicole Ryan hit .368 with eight kills and just one error, and also collected nine digs and two blocks. Monica Meihack dished out 36 assists and had eight digs and Adah Burke led the defense with 12 digs. Freshman Samie Weber continued her presence on the front line with seven kills and three blocks.
The Lobos led for most of the evening throughout the three games. In the first game, Air Force scored the first point, but after the Lobos quickly tied it at 1, UNM led the remainder of the match. Jennifer Heasty, who collected nine kills in the match and hit a season high .375, put down five in the first game without committing a single error. Therkelsen had four kills in the first game as the Lobos won, 30-25.
The second game was the closest of the match, and the Lobos had to rally late to pull out the 31-29 win. Air Force led the game, which featured seven ties and seven lead changes, 29-28, and was serving for the win. A service error by the Falcons tied the game at 29 apiece, and the Lobos responded to the miscue with a service ace by Ryan and a kill by Chelsea Sondrup to win the game, 31-29.
UNM dominated the third game, leading the entire way en route to the 30-23 victory. The Lobos ended the game on a 15-8 run in putting the Falcons away.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (1-17, 1-4 MWC)
Friday, Oct. 15 -- 8 p.m. MT -- Peterson Gym
The Lobos will be looking for their first win in San Diego over the Aztecs since Nov. 19, 1999. The Aztecs have won four in a row over UNM in Peterson Gym.
San Diego State enters the match with a 1-17 mark and a 1-4 mark in MWC play. The Aztecs defeated Wyoming Oct. 1 in San Diego for their lone win of the year. They lost to BYU and Utah last weekend, both in three games.
Kara Moriarty leads the team with 3.42 kills per game; Ashley Bowker leads the team in blocks with 1.26 per game; and Kristin Castillo leads the team in assists with 9.98 per game.
HEAD COACH: Mark Warner. Overall record: 158-139 (10th year). Record at SDSU: Same.
San Diego State leads, 23-9
Series streak: SDSU has won the last 10 meetings
UNM vs. NMSU in San Diego: 4-12
Last UNM win: 11/19/99 in San Diego, 3-2
Last meeting: 11/18/03 in Albuquerque, SDSU won, 3-0
UNLV REBELS (8-7, 2-3 MWC)
Saturday, Oct. 16 -- 8 p.m. MT -- Cox Arena
UNLV begins the week with an 8-7 record, 2-3 in the Mountain West. In conference play, the Rebels have defeated San Diego State and Wyoming while falling to Colorado State, Utah and BYU.
Maria Aladjova leads the MWC with 3.89 kills per game, while libero Jada Walker tops the league with 4.54 digs per game. Setter Nicki King is fourth in the conference with 11.46 assists per game.
HEAD COACH: Allison Keeley. Overall record: 47-55 (Fifth year). Record at UNLV: 8-7 (First year).
UNLV leads, 7-6
Series streak: UNM, One match
UNM vs. UNLV in Las Vegas: 2-4
Last UNM win: 11/6/03 in Albuquerque, 3-1
Last UNM win in Las Vegas: 9/28/00, 3-0
Last meeting: 11/6/03 in Albuquerque, UNM won, 3-1
CAUTION - DIGGING AHEAD: Senior Adah Burke is showing why she was named the top libero in the Mountain West Conference in the preseason. Burke is second in the conference with 4.33 digs per game and was named the top libero at the Albquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic (Sept. 17-18). She recorded a career-high 32 digs at Wyoming, which is third most all-time in a UNM match and second all-time in a Mountain West match. In conference matches, Burke is third in the league with 4.42 digs per game.
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH: Junior Chelsea Sondrup is climbing the career charts at UNM in blocks in her third season. Sondrup is seventh all-time with 277 blocks (record: 326) and became the leader in block assists when she recorded 10 vs. Utah Oct. 2. Sondrup currently has 261 career block assists.
This season, she is second on the team with 67 blocks (1.22 per game; seventh in MWC). Her 30 blocks (1.58 pg) in conference action ranks third in the conference. She earned Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic all-tournament team honors after putting down 11 block assists vs. Weber State, which is the second most in a UNM match.
Sondrup also holds the single-season UNM mark for block assists, as she tallied 131 her freshman year. She also established UNM single-match block (14) and block assists (13) records with her performance against SMU on Sept. 20, 2002.
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH, Pt. 2: Following in Sondrup's footsteps, freshman Samie Weber has put on an impressive display of blocking in her rookie season. Weber leads the team with 71 blocks (1.16 per game), which is eighth in the MWC. Her 11 blocks (one solo, 10 assists) against Utah Oct. 2 tied for the second most ever in UNM match. In conference matches, Weber is seventh in the MWC with 1.26 blocks per game. Weber earned all-tournament honors in both the Comcast Lobo Invitational and the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic.
SET ME UP: Senior setter Monica Meihack returns as the starting setter for the third straight year. Meihack collected a double-double in the first match of the year against Northern Colorado, tallying 50 assists and 10 digs. She dished out a season-high 55 assists vs. UTEP Sept. 18. For the season, she has recorded at least 50 assists on five occasions. Meihack, a Fallon, Nev., native, is sixth in the Mountain West with 10.39 assists per game.
FROM THE BEACH TO THE DESERT: Junior outside hitter Nicole Ryan transferred to UNM this season after playing for Golden West Community College in California last year. She led the Rustlers to a perfect 22-0 season in 2003 and is looking to bring some of that magic to the Lobos in 2004. Ryan displayed her winning mentality in the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic, leading the Lobos to a perfect 3-0 record. She was named the MVP of the tournament after averaging 4.00 kills per game and 1.42 blocks per game, all while hitting at a .339 clip.
Ryan currently leads the team with 3.30 kills per game, which ranks seventh in the Mountain West. Her numbers are even better in conference matches, as she is fifth in the league with 3.54 kills per game. She put down a season-high 22 kills at Wyoming Sept. 24.
THERKELSEN SHOWING IMPROVEMENT: Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen has shown dramatic improvement in her second season as a Lobo. She is second on the team with 3.01 kills per game (13th in Mountain West), which is an improvement over last year's 1.72 kpg. Therkelsen earned Comcast Lobo Invitational all-tournament team honors the first weekend of the season, and the following week she earned all-tournament accolades at the Delaware Invitational after recording a career-high 25 kills against George Washington. In last Friday's win over Air Force, Therkelsen hit for a career-high .524 (13K-2E-21TA) with a team-high 13 kills.
HEASTY BRINGS EXPERIENCE TO THE FRONT LINE: Sophomore outside/middle Jennifer Heasty is one of five starters returing to the lineup this season for UNM. Heasty led the Lobos in 2003 in hitting percentage and is very versatile around the net. Thus far in the conference season, she has displayed her blocking ability, racking up 29 in four matches to rank fourth in the Mountain West. Heasty put down a career-high 11 blocks against Utah Oct. 2. She is also seeing improvement in her hitting, as she had a season-high .375 attack percentage (9K-3E-16TA) in the Air Force match Oct. 8.
LIVE FROM BUDAPEST: Junior transfer Gabriella Veres, a native of Budapest, Hungary, made her Divison I debut against Creighton Sept. 4. She also saw action at Air Force Oct. 8. Veres has played on the Hungarian Junior National Team and was a member of the PRSC Division II junior championship team in 2003 (21-under) and the PRSC Division II championship team in 2004 (all ages).
BRINGING A LOCAL FLAVOR TO THE LOBOS: Two freshmen on the team this season, Laura Conklin and Jessica Hezekiah, hail from Albuquerque. Conklin is a defensive specialist who has seen action in 50 games this season and is averaging 1.18 digs per game. Hezekiah has played in seven games.
UNM VOLLEYBALL PROMOTIONAL DATES - The UNM Athletic Department is sponsoring several promotional dates this season for Lobo volleyball. All home matches are played at the Johnson Center on the UNM main campus. The following promotions are listed below:
-- Friday, Oct. 22 vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m.
Jam Johnson Night/Youth Night: All tickets for this event are only $1! First 200 youths in attendance with receive a sheet of Lobo face decals.
Lobo League Appreciation Night
-- Friday, Nov. 5 vs. Air Force, 7 p.m.
Wear your uniform (girl/boy scouts, team uniform, public safety uniform, military uniform, school uniform, work uniform, etc.) and get in for only $1! All other UNM Athletic Teams are also encouraged to be in attendance for this event to support the Lobo Volleyball team.
-- Sunday, Nov. 14 vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m.
Come honor the Lobo volleyball seniors as they play their last home match of the season. First 200 fans will receive a Lobo cheering noodle.