Nov. 10, 2003
THIS WEEK IN LOBO VOLLEYBALL:
TEAMS: New Mexico (4-22, 1-11 MWC) at Wyoming (14-14, 3-9)
WHERE: Multi-Purpose Gym - Laramie, Wyo.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 14 - 7 p.m.
TEAMS: New Mexico (4-22, 1-11 MWC) vs. No. 15 Colorado State (21-4, 12-0)
WHERE: Moby Arena - Ft. Collins, Colo.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15 - 7 p.m.
LOBOS WRAP UP THE REGULAR SEASON ON THE ROAD - New Mexico will complete the regular season portion of its schedule this weekend with matches at Wyoming and No. 15 Colorado State. The Lobos will then head to San Diego for the Mountain West Championships that run from Nov. 20-22.
The Lobos (4-22, 1-11 Mountain West) won their first Mountain West Conference match of the season with a convincing 3-1 win over UNLV Nov. 6 at Johnson Arena. Senior Anna Reines pounded 26 kills and collected 30 points to lead UNM while Monica Meihack tallied 52 assists. The Lobos fell to San Diego State 3-0 Nov. 8 as Reines totaled 13 kills in her last career home match.
UNM will play Wyoming Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Laramie. The Cowgirls (14-14, 3-9 MWC) won the first meeting between the two schools in three games Oct. 18 in Albuquerque. Wyoming has been struggling of late, losing six consecutive matches and eight of its last nine.
The Lobos match up against No. 15 Colorado State (21-4, 12-0 MWC) Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena. CSU clinched the Mountain West regular season title with a 3-1 win over Wyoming last weekend and will be the No. 1 seed in the MWC Tournament. The Rams have won 14 straight matches and swept UNM Oct. 17. CSU will play at Denver Tuesday, Nov. 11 before returning to MWC action this weekend.
LOBO UPDATE - New Mexico walked away with a split in the last home matches of the season last weekend at Johnson Arena, defeating UNLV 3-1 but falling to San Diego State 3-0.
The Lobos earned their first Mountain West Conference win of the season with a convincing four-game win (25-30, 30-26, 30-23, 30-28) over UNLV Nov. 6. Anna Reines pounded 26 kills - one shy of her career high - and hit .409 (26K-8E-44TA) for the match to lead the Lobos. The 26 kills put Reines over 1,000 kills for her career. Reines also tallied a season-high 30 points, three service aces and two blocks.
Setter Monica Meihack fueled the Lobo offensive attack that put down a season-high 65 kills. Meihack had several nice setups and collected 52 assists on the night to go along with a career-high four service aces. The junior also tied her career-high with four block solos and had six kills, five digs and a season-high 12 points.
Georgia Whitson blasted a season-high 12 kills, Adah Burke produced 14 digs and Jennifer Heasty led the Lobos with five blocks. Six different Lobos registered blocks in the contest for a total of 9.5 team blocks, including Kelly Therkelsen, who had four block assists.
Another key in the Lobos' victory was excellent serving. UNM tallied 16 aces in the match, which is the best for any Mountain West team this season and ties for fourth best in Lobo history.
Chelsea Sondrup, who set the UNM single-season block assists record in 2002, collected her 200th career block in the match. Sondrup finished with 10 kills, five digs and two blocks.
UNLV won its only game of the match with a 30-25 effort in game one behind seven kills from Sheila Ocasio-Clemente. Ocasio-Clemente led the Rebels with a total of 15 kills while hitting .480 on the night.
The Lobos would bounce back with a 30-26 win in game two. The Rebels led for the first part of the game, but UNM took its first lead at 14-13. The two teams traded points until 21-21, when the Lobos went on a 5-0 run to go up 25-21. Although the Rebels cut it to one at 25-24, UNM kept its lead and put away UNLV 30-26 for the Lobos' first game win in MWC play.
But the Lobos weren't satisfied with just one game. Following the momentum of the second game, UNM dominated UNLV in the third game, 30-23, paced by eight Reines kills. Fittingly, Reines threw down the last point of the game with a menacing kill to put UNM up 2-1.
New Mexico had to battle to win the fourth game, but eventually fought off the Rebels for a 30-28 win to clinch the match. The Lobos trailed by as many as four points at 16-12, but then went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. No team had more than a two-point advantage the rest of the game. With the score knotted at 27, the Lobos rattled off two points to go up 29-27. After a UNLV point to cut the lead to one, Reines appropriately ended the match with a kill to give the Lobos the win.
Reines totaled 13 kills in the last home match of her career, but it wasn't enough as San Diego State topped New Mexico in three games 30-26, 30-22, 30-23 Nov. 8.
Reines led all Lobos with 15 points to go along with her 13 kills. She hit .269 (13K-6E-26TA) for the match with three digs, two block assists and a service ace. Meihack tallied 34 assists with five digs, Burke collected 10 digs and Sondrup put down nine kills with six digs. Therkelsen registered four blocks (one solo, three assists) to lead the Lobos at the net while Whitson had six kills and two blocks.
The Aztecs were led by Megan Schauerman, who collected 13 kills and hit .476 for the match. Sara Engstrom paced SDSU with 32 assists and Aspen McPartland delivered seven blocks.
San Diego State used eight team blocks in the first game, including four each from Melissa Cansdale and Schauerman, to win 30-26. Reines had six kills in the first game for UNM.
The Lobos only hit .083 in the second game as SDSU went up 2-0 with a 30-22 win. Heasty hit .600 in the game and tallied three kills and one block assist for the Lobos.
Reines put up strong numbers in the third game, putting down four kills with a block assist while hitting at a .444 clip, but the Aztecs were too much as they went on for the sweep with a 30-23 win.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND - UNM played well the first time around against Colorado State and Wyoming, but still came away empty with two losses.
On Oct. 17, New Mexico played one of its best matches of the season against the conference's top team, but still fell to No. 20 Colorado State in three games (30-22, 30-22, 30-27). Anna Reines put down 12 kills and collected 14.5 points to lead the Lobos while Monica Meihack paced the offense with 23 assists. Chelsea Sondrup stuffed a team-high four blocks and Adah Burke was the top defensive player with eight digs.
The Lobos held several leads in the match against the Rams, including a late 20-19 advantage in the third game. UNM led by as many as four points in the game (18-14), but CSU went on a 9-3 run to make it 23-21. The Lobos tied the match at 23 on a Reines service ace, however, the Rams countered with a 7-4 run to close out the game at 30-27.
In the second game, the Lobos hit an impressive .379 against the MWC's stingiest defense - the only problem was that the Rams bested the Lobos with a .459 attack percentage. The game was once again close throughout as both teams traded points to open the game at 9-9. The Rams then slowly built their lead to nine points at 24-15. The Lobos trimmed the CSU advantage to five points at 27-22 on a kill by Meihack, but that's as close as they would get, as CSU rattled off the next three points for the win.
In the opening game, UNM surprised the nationally-ranked Rams by scoring the first three points of the match. CSU woke up to take a 10-5 lead, but UNM tied the match at 15. The Rams then built a three-to-four point advantage for most of the game before finishing off the Lobos with a 6-2 run to win 30-22.
On Oct. 18, Anna Reines pounded 17 kills for New Mexico but it wasn't enough as the Lobo volleyball team fell to Wyoming in three games (30-19, 30-25, 30-24).
Reines hit .265 with three service aces and her 17 kills were the most since she tallied 23 against Saint Louis Sept. 13. Monica Meihack paced the offense with 31 assists while Adah Burke registered 10 digs. Chelsea Sondrup hit .273 for the match and collected six kills, two blocks and two digs.
Sara Maytorena led a balanced attack for Wyoming with 11 kills. The Cowgirls hit .318 for the match and out-blocked New Mexico 8-4. Wyoming also served 10 aces to the Lobos' five.
Wyoming led the entire first game and out-hit the Lobos .348 to -0.91 en route to winning 30-19.
The Lobos came out ready in the second game, quickly building a 7-4 lead. The Cowgirls then tied the game at 8 before the game was deadlocked at 12 as each team traded points. Wyoming then cruised to an eight-point advantage at 21-13 after going on a 9-1 run. The Lobos closed the gap to five points at 28-23 on a Cowgirl ball-handling error but couldn't get any closer as Wyoming closed out the game on a Lobo attack error for the 30-25 victory.
Wyoming jumped out to a 12-3 lead in game three. UNM bounced back to cut the lead to five at 18-13 by going on a 10-5 run, but that's as close as the Lobos would get until the 29-24 mark as Wyoming halted every Lobo run to take the final game 30-24. UNM improved to hit .241 in the third game, however, the Cowgirls continued to stay hot with a .321 attack percentage.
SET ME UP - After playing libero for eight matches from Sept. 12-26, junior Monica Meihack is once again the starting setter for the Lobos. Meihack responded well to her position change as she earned top libero honors at the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Tournament and improved UNM's digs per game from 7.86 to 12.44. But after tallying the second most assists in a Lobo season in 2002 with 1,249, head coach Kelley Sliva McKee decided it was time to put Meihack back into her normal position. Meihack is eighth in MWC play with 8.65 assists per game. Meihack recorded a season-high 52 assists and 12 points in UNM's win over UNLV Nov. 6.
Freshman Lindsay Smith, a talented recruit who has the ability to set up a very up-tempo offense, filled in nicely when Meihack was at libero. Smith stepped up to the challenge, collecting over 30 assists in six of her eight starts, including a career-high 49 vs. Ohio.
AMAZIN' ANNA - Senior Anna Reines is the Lobo offensive team leader, pacing the team in kills (3.62 pg - 10th in MWC) and points (365.5 - 10th in MWC).
Reines, a dominant outside hitter, polished her game in the offseason by participating on the USA Select Team at the Spring Cup in Brno, Czech Republic. The hard work has paid off, as she earned all-tournament honors at the Fresno State Invitational and the Comcast Lobo Invitational. Some of her top performances this season include: season-high 26 kills and 30 points vs. UNLV Nov. 6; 23 kills vs. Saint Louis Sept. 13; .364 attack percentage (10K-2E-22A) vs. New Mexico State Sept. 22; and 16 kills and career-high four block solos at New Mexico State Oct. 21. Reines collected her 1,000th career kill vs. UNLV and is sixth all-time at UNM with 1,038 kills.
The Big Lake, Minn., native transferred from the University of Minnesota after one season and has been a presence on the court ever since for the Lobos. Reines led the team in attack percentage (.257) and kills (3.86 pg) last season. For her efforts, Reines became the first Lobo since 1998 to earn first-team all-conference honors.
ACES WILD - New Mexico is third in the conference in service aces with 1.83 per game. UNM posted a season-high 16 aces vs. UNLV Nov. 6, which was the fourth highest total in school history and highest amount for any MWC team this season. The Lobos currently have 161 aces for the season; the school record stands at 292 (1981).
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH - Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup, who set the Lobo single-season mark for block assists (131) in her freshman campaign, is once again leading UNM in blocks this season. Sondrup has 62 blocks (four solo, 58 assists) and is second on the team in kills (200; 2.27 pg) and points (254.5). Sondrup tallied UNM's third double-double of the season with a career-high 14 kills and 12 digs at New Mexico State Oct. 21. Sondrup also set two UNM single-game block records against SMU Sept. 20, 2002 for blocks (14) and block assists (13). She tallied the 200th block of her career Nov. 6 vs. UNLV.
THERKELSEN MAKING PRESENCE KNOWN - Freshman Kelly Therkelsen has had a solid start to her Lobo career this fall, ranking third on the team in kills (150) and fourth in points (190.0). Therkelsen was named to the Albuquerque Marriott All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and 17 digs in the the tournament, including a career-high 13 kills vs. Ohio. The Eagan, Minn., native is a very versatile player, as she also has 29 assists, 60 digs and 53 blocks.
HEASTY LEADS LOBOS AT THE NET - Jennifer Heasty leads the Lobo outside hitters and middle blockers in attack percentage and is second in blocks. She hit a career-high .786 (11K-0E-14TA) against BYU Oct. 2 and also hit .583 vs. rival New Mexico State. The Westminster, Colo., native collected a season-high 13 kills and 15.5 points at Air Force Sept. 26 in her first career MWC match. In the Comcast Lobo Invitational tournament-title game, Heasty racked up a career-high eight block assists to secure the win over Delaware.
HEAD COACH Kelley Sliva McKee - Kelley Sliva McKee begins her second season at the helm of the Lobo volleyball program. Sliva McKee came to UNM after spending nine years at Northern Arizona University. Her career record stands at 157-147 after guiding the 2002 Lobos to a 10-21 record. In her nine years at NAU, Sliva McKee posted a record of 143-104 (.579) and a 79-57 mark in the Big Sky. The last five seasons at NAU she was 90-45 (.667) and she became the first coach in program history to lead the school to five straight winning seasons. She took the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance (1999) and earned two Big Sky titles (1999 tournament and 2000 regular season). She was named the 1999 Big Sky Coach of the Year.
LOBO SCOUTING REPORT -
No. 15 COLORADO STATE RAMS (21-4, 12-0 MWC)
The Rams clinched the Mountain West regular season championship last weekend with a 3-1 win over Wyoming and will be the No. 1 seed at the MWC Tournament in San Diego. CSU has won 14 consecutive matches and is looking to become the first team in MWC history to go undefeated in conference play.
CSU leads the league in kills (16.60 pg), assists (15.16 pg) and opponent attack percentage (.154) and is tied in attack percentage (.256). Individually, junior Katie Jo Shirley leads the MWC in attack percentage (.410) and junior Melissa Courtney tops the conference in assists (13.24 pg). In MWC matches, Courtney also leads the league in service aces with 0.55 pg.
HEAD COACH - Tom Hilbert (Seventh year). Record at CSU: 185-40.
SERIES HISTORY - CSU leads, 26-20. The Rams have won the last 13 meetings over the Lobos, with UNM's last win coming Nov. 12, 1994 in Albuquerque.
WYOMING COWGIRLS (14-4, 3-9 MWC)
The Cowgirls enter the match on a six-game slide and have lost eight of their last nine matches. Wyoming lost to Colorado State and Boise State last weekend.
Senior Michele Rauter is sixth in the MWC with 3.80 kills per game but is only hitting at a .238 clip. Amy Doman paces the offense with 11.55 assists per game
HEAD COACH - Jim Barnes (Second year). Record at Wyoming: 34-25.
SERIES HISTORY - Wyoming leads, 26-23. The Cowgirls swept the season series last year and won 3-0 Oct. 18 this season in Albuquerque. UNM last defeated Wyoming Nov. 9, 2001 in Laramie.
2003 Team Season Highs
Kills - 65 vs. UNLV (11/6) Attempts - 180 at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .346 (45K-8E-107A) vs. New Mexico State (9/22) Assists - 60 vs. UNLV (11/6) Service Aces - 16 vs. UNLV (11/6) Digs - 65 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 5 at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 25 vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 13 at UNLV (10/11)
2003 Individual Season Highs
Kills - 26, Anna Reines vs. UNLV (11/6) Attempts - 55, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Hitting % - .786 (11K-0E-14A), Jennifer Heasty vs. BYU (10/2) Assists - 52, Monica Meihack vs. UNLV (11/6) Service Aces - 4 (Six times) Digs - 23, Adah Burke at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Solo - 4, Anna Reines at New Mexico State (10/21) Block Assists - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Total Blocks - 8, Jennifer Heasty vs. Delaware (9/6) Points - 30.0, Anna Reines vs. UNLV (11/6)