Sept. 26, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (5-9, 1-2 MWC) return home Friday night, hosting San Diego State at 7 p.m. The Aztecs are 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference. On Saturday, Big Oldies 98.5 FM and 106.3 Talk FM sponsor Jam Johnson as New Mexico takes on UNLV (10-5, 1-2 MWC). All tickets for Jam Johnson are just $2. Both games are available live on the Lobos official website, www.GoLobos.com. Live video is free under the Lobos all-access link and CSTV's GameTracker is available for free on the schedule page.
IN THE PAST: The Lobos have lost two in a row and 13 of the last 14 against the Aztecs of San Diego State. Six of the last seven matches have been decided in three games.Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 26-10, San Diego State
Record in Albuquerque: 9-6, SDSU
Record in San Diego: 13-4, SDSU
Record at neutral site: 4-0, SDSU
Record in 3 games: 10-1, SDSU
Record in 4 games: 8-7, SDSU
Record in 5 games: 7-2, SDSU
Last 5 matches: 4-1, SDSU
Last 10 matches: 9-1, SDSU
Last UNM win: 11/14/04 (3-0)
Last UNM loss: 10/28/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 11/14/04 (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: 11/14/04 (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
Of the 15 times New Mexico and UNLV have met, all but one has occurred in the last decade. The Rebels have won a majority of the games, including four in a row and 10 of the last 13. Below is the series breakdown:
Record in Albuquerque: 4-4
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: 3-1, UNLV
Last 5 matches: 4-1, UNLV
Last 10 matches: 8-2, UNLV
Last UNM win: 11/6/03 (3-1)
Last UNM loss: 10/29/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 11/6/03 (3-1)
Last UNM home loss: 9/30/05 (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: 4, twice (current)
SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State, 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the MWC, visits the Lobos after a rough weekend of conference play. The Aztecs fell to 16th-ranked BYU (1-3) and 18th-ranked Utah (0-3). They hold wins over Hofstra, New Hampshire, Syracuse, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Lipscomb.
The Aztecs, who returned four starters and the libero from last year's team that finished fifth in the MWC, sit eighth in the conference currently. Offensively San Diego State is outdone by their opponents but statistically are strong on defense. SDSU is hitting .208 with 14.75 kills, 13.21 assists and 1.58 aces per game while their opponents average .223, 15.42, 13.88 and 1.42, respectively. The Aztecs are averaging a MWC-leading 15.91 digs and 2.61 blocks per game compared to their opponents averages of 15.93 and 2.01, respectively.
Leading SDSU is Melanie Greene, Leah Lathrop, Aime Cordiero and Audra Dent. Greene averages a team-high 3.70 kills per game, 2.75 digs per game and 0.51 blocks per game. Cordiero, with a team-high 24 aces, averages 0.45 pg and a conference-leading 5.70 digs per game. Lathrop dishes out 9.62 assists per game while Dent had a team-high 54 blocks.
SCOUTING THE REBELS: UNLV, 10-5 overall and 1-2 in the MWC, saw its perfect conference record collapse last weekend at No. 16 BYU and No. 18 Utah. The Rebels started the season winning eight of their first ten, but followed losing three of the next four. They beat Nevada on Monday night.
The Rebels, who returned five starters and the libero from last year's team that finished fourth in the MWC, are currently tied for sixth with the Lobos in the conference race. In all statistical categories except aces and blocks, UNLV dominates its opponents. The Rebels hold a .198 hitting percentage, averaging 16.17 kills, 14.69 assists, 0.94 aces, 19.90 digs and 2.43 blocks per game. Their opponents have hit .185 and averaged 14.90 kills, 13.56 assists, 0.96 aces, 17.67 digs and 2.93 blocks per game.
Leading UNLV is Lauren Miramontes, Maria Aladjova, Melody Nua and Jada Walker. Aladjova averages a team-high 3.62 kills per game and 3.04 digs per game. Walker leads the team in digs per game (5.16) while Nua leads the team in assists (11.42 pg). Miramontest averages a team-high 1.12 blocks per game.
SUITER STEPS UP: Freshman Allison Suiter stepped up in a big way for the Lobos last weekend at Colorado State and Air Force. She hit .244 on the weekend, scoring a team-leading 21 points and averaging a team-high 2.50 kills per game and 1.83 blocks per game.Her nine blocks at Colorado State was a career high and the eight block assists tied her personal best.
THERKELSEN RETURNS: Senior Kelly Therkelsen returned on Saturday night from a sprained ankle that has sidelined her since game one vs. Dartmouth (9/9). At Air Force, Therkelsen posted six kills, one assist, three digs and two blocks for seven points.