Volleyball Heads West For Matches With SDSU, UNLV
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/25/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 25, 2006

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THE GAME: The Lobos (7-15, 3-7 MWC) head to the west coast to complete the season series with San Diego State (8-14, 2-8 MWC) and UNLV (14-8, 5-5 MWC). New Mexico blanked the Aztecs when they were in Albuquerque and fell in five to the Rebels. Both matches, which are slated for 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT, will be streamed live on the host school's athletic website. CSTV's GameTracker is available for both matches at www.GoLobos.com.

IN THE PAST: The Lobos shut out (35-33, 30-25, 30-25) San Diego State in Albuquerque on Friday, Sept. 29. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch recorded a double-double on 47 assists and 14 digs while freshman Rose Morris had a team-high 14 kills. Sophomore Gayle Tripp recorded a match-high 20 digs. SDSU's Melanie Greene posted a match-high 16 kills while teammate Kelley Wahlin blocked a match-leading nine attacks. Below is the series breakdown:

Sarah Kwasigroch

Series Record: 26-11, San Diego State
Record in Albuquerque: 9-7, SDSU
Record in San Diego: 13-4, SDSU
Record at neutral site: 4-0, SDSU
Record in 3 games: 10-2, SDSU
Record in 4 games: 8-7, SDSU
Record in 5 games: 7-2, SDSU
Last 5 matches: 4-1, SDSU
Last 10 matches: 8-2, SDSU
Last UNM win: 9/29/06 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/28/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 9/29/06 (3-0)
Last UNM home loss: 10/1/05 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 11/19/99 (3-2)
Last UNM road loss: 10/28/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: 11/21/02 (3-0)
Last UNM season sweep: 1999
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 9/29/06 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/28/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 3, twice
Longest UNM losing streak: 11, 9/29/00-10/15/04

The last time these two met was Sept. 30, 2006 in Albuquerque. The Lobos rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the match to five games but lost, 3-2. Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild put down a career-high 19 kills while freshman Rose Morris racked up her first double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch matched her career high for assists, dishing out 63. UNLV's Maria Aladjova and Brittani Lumsden each notched double-doubles with 21 kills and 10 and 11 digs, respectively. Below is the series breakdown:

Kelly Therkelsen

Series Record: 10-6, UNLV
Record in Albuquerque: 5-4, UNLV
Record in Las Vegas: 5-2, UNLV
Record at neutral site: n/a
Record in 3 games: 6-2, UNLV
Record in 4 games: 3-3
Record in 5 games: 4-1, UNLV
Last 5 matches: 4-1, UNLV
Last 10 matches: 8-2, UNLV
Last UNM win: 11/6/03 (3-1)
Last UNM loss: 9/30/06 (3-2)
Last UNM home win: 11/6/03 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 9/30/06 (3-2)
Last UNM road win: 9/28/00 (3-0)
Last UNM road loss: 10/29/05 (3-0)
Last UNM neutral win: n/a
Last UNM neutral loss: n/a
Last UNM season sweep: 1997
Last UNM season swept: 2005
Last UNM shutout win: 9/28/00 (3-0)
Last UNM shutout loss: 10/29/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 3, 10/17/97-12/22/99
Longest UNM losing streak: 5, current

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State, 8-14 overall and 2-8 in the MWC, has lost three in a row eight of its last 10. The Aztecs' last 12 matches have all been completed in four games or less. Their last outing was to the Beehive State, where they were shut out at No. 10 Utah and No. 18 BYU.

San Diego State's team averages, except for blocks, have dropped since its last meeting with New Mexico. The Aztecs are hitting .198 and averaging 14.71 kills, 13.14 digs, 1.39 aces, 15.44 digs and 2.73 blocks per game. Their opponents' averages, except for digs, have all risen. They are hitting .227 and averaging 15.80 kills, 14.31 assists, 1.51 aces, 15.91 digs and 2.28 blocks per game.

Aimee Cordeiro, Kelley Wahlin and Bailee Hellwig lead a very strong defensive front. Cordeiro leads the Mountain West in digs, averaging 5.52 per game while Wahlin and Hellwig rank fifth and eigth, respectively, in blocks, averaging 1.36 and 1.20 per game. Melanie Greene, Audra Dent and Leah Lathrop command SDSU's offense. Lathrop is sixth in aces (0.35 pg) and eighth in assists (9.45 pg). Greene sits sixth in kills (3.71 pg) and seventh in points (4.12) while Dent is eighth in points (4.02) and 10th in kills (3.23).

REVIEWING THE REBELS: UNLV, 14-8 overall and 5-5 in the MWC, has lost two in a row and three of its last four. The Rebels' last nine matches all have been won or lost in three games, including the Sept. 30 game UNLV won in Albuquerque.

The Rebels' team averages have stayed consistent with their numbers the last time they took on the Lobos. They are hitting .192 and averaging 15.79 kills, 14.40 assists, 1.05 aces, 19.31 digs and 2.47 blocks per game. UNLV leads the Mountain West in digs as a team. Their opponents' averages are 14.76 kills, 13.35 assists, 1.13 aces, 17.24 digs and 2.81 blocks per game with a .176 hitting percentage.

Maria Aladjova, Erin Greenwood and Melody Nua stand out for the Rebel offense. Aladjova ranks fifth in the MWC in kills per game (3.76) and sixth in points (4.15) while Greenwood has the ninth best hitting percentage (.286) and Nua sits seventh is assists per game (9.72). Defensively, UNLV is led by Jada Walker and Lauren Miramontes. Walker is second in the conference in digs (5.01) and Miramontes is ninth in blocks (1.19).

ACHIEVING GREATNESS: Senior Kelly Therkelsen recorded five block assists in Saturday's match vs. Colorado State, putting her career total over 300. After posting her 300th total block at Utah on Oct. 6, she is now just the second Lobo in history to ever notch 300 blocks and 300 block assists.

Gayle Tripp

ALL-AROUND GAME: Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch had a complete game on Friday against Air Force. She hit .600 (6K-0E-10TA) with 36 assists, seven digs, two blocks and two aces, tallying 9.0 points. The six kills was a new personal best for Kwasigroch and she just missed matching her career high for points, which is 9.5.

DYNAMIC DUO: Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild and freshman Rose Morris have formed a dynamic duo, providing the Lobos with a majority of their offense. Fairchild and Morris both posted 11 kills vs. Air Force and nine against Colorado State, both team highs. On the season, the pair are separated by just two kills this season. Morris has a team-high 184 while Fairchild has 182.

DOUBLE-DIPPING: Freshman Rose Morris is extending her stay on the court by doubling her efforts in the backcourt. Morris, who has already proven herself as a dominant outside hitter, has improved tremendously and now is one of the team's top diggers. Her digging has improved so much, she has been able to record three double-doubles this season, including one on Friday against Air Force, where she dug a career-high 15.

ICING THE OPPOSITION: Sophomore Gayle Tripp has frozen the opposing defense on numerous occasions. After dropping in three aces Saturday night vs. Colorado State, Tripp's conference aces per game average rose to 0.39 per game, placing her fifth in the Mountain West. She has 52 in her career and is just two away from matching her freshman season total.

Saturday, August 22
7:00 PM - 
vs. Alumnae (Exhibition)
Friday, August 28
8:00 AM - 
at Belmont
3:00 PM - 
at Albany
Saturday, August 29
5:00 PM - 
at Ball State