Sept. 13, 2006
THE GAME: The Lobos (4-7) open Mountain West Conference play with the Wyoming Cowgirls (6-3) Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Johnson Center. The match is the conference's second contest of the season following San Diego State at UNLV on Wednesday. Thursday is Lobo League night, honoring all Lobo League members with 2-for-1 admission and a pizza party prior to the match.
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IN THE PAST: Wyoming holds an eight-game win streak over New Mexico heading into Thursday's match. In head coach Kelley McKee's 13 years as a leader at the Division I level, she has never beaten the Cowgirls, going 0-8. Below is the series breakdown:
Series Record: 31-23, Wyoming
Record in Albuquerque: 13-12, Wyoming
Record in Laramie: 16-8, Wyoming
Record at neutral site: 3-2, New Mexico
Record in 3 games: 8-7, 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: 11/19/05 (3-0)
Last UNM home win: 10/6/00 (3-0)
Last UNM home loss: 10/20/05 (3-2)
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: 11/19/05 (3-0)
Longest UNM win streak: 4, 11/7/87-11/5/88
Longest UNM losing streak: 8, twice (current)
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS: Wyoming, 6-3 overall, comes to Albuquerque after a 1-2 weekend at the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational. The Cowgirls hold wins over North Texas, Texas-Pan American, Southern Illinois, Birmingham Southern, New Orleans and Akron. They have suffered losses to Texas State, New Mexico State and San Diego.
The Cowgirls, who returned five starters and the libero from last year's team that finished sixth in the MWC, sit fifth in the conference currently. Offensively Wyoming is stronger than their opponents but statistically trail their competitors on defense. The Cowgirls are hitting .229 with 14.97 kills, 13.41 assists and 1.59 aces per game while holding their opponents to averages of .222, 14.56, 13.12 and 1.38, respectively. They are averaging 16.47 digs and 1.26 blocks per game compared to their opponents averages of 17.32 and 2.16, respectively.
LEHNE LEADS LOBOS: Monday night against New Mexico State, freshman Anna Lehne stepped up to lead the Lobos in senior captain Kelly Therkelsen's place. Lehne was the only Lobo to score in the double figures for New Mexico, tallying 14 points on 11 kills, three blocks and one ace.
DIVVYING UP THE DIGS: The Lobos divvyied up the digs Monday night against New Mexico State. All but one Lobo notched at least one dig and three posted double figures. Sophomore Gayle Tripp recorded a team-high 12 digs while junior Jennifer Heasty and sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch had 11 each.
TRIPP'S TERRIFIC NIGHT: Sophomore Gayle Tripp had a terrific night against UTEP on Friday, Sept. 8, setting a new career high for digs with 29. Her 29 digs tied Narelle Just (11/11/89 vs. Wyoming) and Pauline Manser (11/11/89 vs. Wyoming and 11/22/91 vs. BYU) for the fourth most in UNM history.
FAIRCHILD FINDS RHYTHM: Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild found her rhythm during the Comcast Invitational, working her way onto the all-tournament team. Her best performace that weekend arguably came against Dartmouth on Saturday morning. Fairchild hit .458 while tying her career highs in kills (14) and blocks (3).
A SEASON TO REMEMBER: Senior Kelly Therkelsen is on her way to having an unforgettable senior season. She entered the year third on New Mexico's career block assists list and has posted 27 in the first nine matches, placing her second with 277. To claim the record however, she will have to have her best production ever, needing 157 to break the record set by Chelsea Sondrup last season.
Therkelsen is also on the career total blocks list, temporarily holding eighth with 286. She needs 41, which she should achieve, to claim second and 180 to set the record.
SETTING WITH SARAH: Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch is closer to setting program records thanks to her stellar setting. With 1,455 career assists, Kwasigroch only needs 35 to break into the top-10 in New Mexico's history. She should definitely reach that mark this season, possibly even this week, having already compiled 367 assists in the first 11 matches of the season. Holding UNM's best career assist per game average at 10.47, she should break Janelle Torres' record of 3,794 assists next year.