Oct. 24, 2007
Up Next For Lobo Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 26 6 p.m. (MDT)
University Recreation Center Fort Worth, Texas
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Against TCU: The Lobos beat the Horned Frogs, 3-0, on Sept. 28 at the Johnson Center to improve the series record to 6-1. Lisa Meeter led the Lobos with 14 kills, while Jeanne Fairchild had 12. The teams played in front of 1,223 fans as the Johnson Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary. UNM's only lossin the series with TCU came last season in Fort Worth, 3-0. Two seasons ago, 2005, the Lobos snuck out of Fort Worth with a 3-2 win.
Up Next: The Lobos return home, Nov. 2-3, against BYU and Utah.
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.
Spending Time on the Road ... The Lobos wrap up a three-match road swing when they head to Texas to take on TCU on Friday in Fort Worth.
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 joined the UNM 1,000-Dig Club on Oct. 13 against UNLV. She has 1,040 on the season and needs just 74 to move from sixth to second place on the UNM career digs list.
TCU IN 2007: The Horned Frogs are 18-8 overall and 5-5 in the Mountain West Conference, going into Wednesday night's home match against Baylor. TCU is currently in fifth place in the MWC. Kourtney Edwards and LeMeita Smith lead the team in kills with 3.40 and 3.20 per game, respectively.
UNM Category TCU 15-7 Record 18-8 6-4 MWC Record 5-5 3rd MWC Place 5th .219 Hitting % .252 .160 Opp Hit % .189 15.04 Kills/G 15.01 13.82 Assists/G 13.73 2.64 Blocks/G 2.48 1.57 Aces/G 1.51 14.92 Digs/G 16.91
Top Individuals UNM TCU Hitting % (min. 3 att/g): .266, Anna Lehne .357, Kourtney Edwards Kills/G: 4.83, Jeanne Fairchild 3.40, Kourtney Edwards Assists/G: 8.10, Jade Michaelsen 10.84, Nirelle Hampton Aces/G: 0.41, Lisa Meeter 0.32, Nirelle Hampton Blocks/G: 1.11, Anna Lehne 1.21, Kourtney Edwards Digs/G: 4.40, Gayle Tripp 4.91, Calli Corley Points/G: 5.29, Jeanne Fairchild 4.14, Kourtney Edwards
LAST TIME OUT ...
Oct. 18, at Wyoming, L, 0-3
The University of New Mexico volleyball team struggled to put together any offense as Wyoming beat the Lobos, 30-28, 30-23, 30-19. In Game One, the Lobos had a 20-14 lead on a 6-0 run with Jade Michaelsen serving. Wyoming chipped away at the lead, pulling even at 26. New Mexico took the lead one more time, 27-26, but the Cowgirls got several key kills to win, 30-28. Game Two saw Wyoming get out to a 5-1 lead. The Lobos worked their way back into the game, evening things up at 14 on a block by Kerri Beck and Jade Michaelsen. But a kill by Wyoming gave the Cowgirls the ball back and Rachel Smith got UW to 19-14. Wyoming pulled ahead 23-16. UNM pulled to within four, 23-19, on a service ace by Sarah Kwasigroch. Wyoming kept the Lobos at arms length winning the game, 30-23. The Cowgirls quickly built a 21-8 lead in Game Three. UNM closed the gap to seven, 23-16, on a block by Anna Lehne and Lisa Meeter. But Wyoming pulled away, winning 30-19. Jeanne Fairchild led the Lobos with 13 kills, while Rose Morris had six. Meeter and Gayle Tripp led the back row in digs with 12 each, while Kwasigroch had 11.
Oct. 19, at Air Force, W, 3-0
The University of New Mexico volleyball team beat Air Force, 30-14, 30-15, 30-20 in Colorado Springs on Friday night. The Lobos improve to 15-7 overall and 6-4 in Mountain West Conference action. The 15 wins are the most in the season by UNM since joining the MWC in 1999. The six wins in MWC play ties the most league wins by the Lobos since joining (6, 2005). The Lobos got on track quickly in Game One after starting in the hole, 3-1. Jade Michaelsen served UNM on an 11-0 run to take a 12-3 lead. Jeanne Fairchild recorded four kills in a row to get the Lobos going at the start of the run. New Mexico extended the lead to double digits for good at 21-11 on an attack error by the Falcons. The Lobos pushed to the 30-14 finish with Colorado Springs product Lisa Meeter closing the game with a kill. In Game Two, Meeter served UNM to a 6-1 lead, and after 6-2 the Lobos never let Air Force get any closer. The Lobos went on a 6-0 run in the game to jump out to a 23-8 lead on back-to-back kills by Fairchild. Game Three saw the Lobos lead 3-0 and never give up the lead. Back-to-back ball-handling errors by Air Force got the Lobo lead to 10-5. New Mexico held the Falcons at bay, getting to a double digit lead at 27-17 on a block by Meeter, Allie Suiter, and Taylor Hadfield. Hadfield put away the match on one of her five kills, 30-20. Fairchild led the Lobos with 16 kills and a .609 hitting percentage, while Anna Lehne, also playing in front of her home crowd, recorded nine kills. Meeter finished the night with eight kills and 10 digs. Suiter, also a Colorado native, had six kills and five blocks.
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) ... Rose Morris - finger (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
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 1,040 career digs, placing her sixth on the career list. She needs just 74 to move all the way into second place past Tania Gooley (1,113; 1991-94).
UNM Career Digs 1. Sharon Browning 1,504 1989-92 2. Tania Gooley 1,113 1991-94 3. Alicia Bergmann 1,059 1992-95 4. Maria Gurreri 1,048 1987-90 Gretchen Gegenfurtner 1,048 1993-96 6. Gayle Tripp 1,040 2005-present 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 TCU.
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 124 aces on the season, compared to only 79 by their opponents ... Freshman Lisa Meeter leads the team and the Mountain West Conference with 32 (0.41 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 ... 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 2,489, moving into seventh place against Long Island on Aug. 28. Sarah needs 352 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 2,489 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 4-0PICKING 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.