Oct. 15, 2009
Up Next In Lobo Volleyball
vs. UNLV October 17 1 p.m. (MT)
Pen Pal Day
Johnson Center Albuquerque, N.M.
This Week ... The Lobos (13-6, 4-3 MWC), after a big win on Tuesday night over New Mexico State in Las Cruces, host Mountain West Conference foe UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.
**Saturday is Pen Pal Day. The Lobo volleyball team's elementary school Pen Pals are invited to the match and will have a special autograph session following the match.
If You Can't Make It To Johnson Center ... Fans can follow along on the internet at GoLobos.com. UNM provides Gametracker, live video and audio through the site.
Next Week ... The Lobos will be at the Johnson Center for Homecoming Weekend. Wyoming will start the weekend with a Thursday, Oct. 22 match at 7 p.m., followed by the Cherry Crush match vs. Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico is currently ranked 22nd in the nation with an attendance average of 1,500 fans this season. It is the first time that the Lobos started the season with over 1,000 fans at the first nine matches of the season. The 1996 team started the season with seven consecutive matches over 1,000. The Lobos' season-high so far in 2009 is 2,338 vs. San Diego State on Oct. 1. MWC member Colorado State is ranked 14th overall with an average of 1,913 fans per match. Rankings are updated on Monday mornings.
Another Streak Goes Down ... In Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson's three years at UNM, several ominous road losing streaks have come to a halt. The most recent was Tuesday night in Las Cruces when UNM beat NMSU, 3-0, ending an 8-match road losing streak. The first one came in 2007 when the Lobos beat BYU on Oct. 6 in Provo for the first time in 12 years. Also in 2007, UNM won at San Diego State for the first time after 7 straight losses at the beach. In 2008, it had been since 2000 that UNM had won at UNLV and since 2001 at Wyoming. On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, UNM beat Utah, 3-1 on Crimson Court for the first time in 13 years. It was also Nelson's 50th win as a Lobo.
Mark Your Calendars (Only 4 Home Matches Left After Saturday) ... Cherry Crush is set for Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 24 ... Think Pink, breast cancer awareness night, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5. If you wear pink, adults get in for $3 and kids, ages 2-18, get in for $2.
About New Mexico (13-6, 4-3 MWC) ... Lobo fans may see UNM sporting a lighter shade of Cherry on the court. UNM has won two big road matches wearing their new pink Nike jerseys on opponents' breast cancer awareness matches. The pink definitely comes out one more time when UNM hosts Utah on Nov. 5 for the Lobos' Think Pink Night in conjunction with UNM Hospital and the UNM Cancer Center ... Another losing streak came to an end on Oct. 13 as the Lobos beat New Mexico State, 3-0 in Las Cruces, 10-match overall and 8-match road losing streaks ... The Lobos beat Utah, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 10, the first win for UNM on Crimson Court since 1996 ... UNM picked up its first MWC win of the season at Wyoming on Sept. 26 (3-1) and have won three straight after an 0-2 start ... Senior Rose Morris made her return to the court on Oct. 3 with 11 kills over two sets and now leads UNM with 2.66 kills per set ... Junior Taylor Hadfield is next with 2.61 kills, one of five players with 2.00 or more kps on the season ... Junior Jade Michaelsen leads UNM in assists with 10.25 per set ... Junior Lisa Meeter and sophomore Amy Wong are 1-2 in service aces with 19 and 17 each ... On defense, sophomore Allison Buck leads the Lobos with a 3.99 per set average, while senior Anna Lehne and sophomore Ashley Rhoades lead UNM in blocking with 1.00 per set ... UNM placed third at the Arizona Invitational. Jade Michaelsen was named to the all-tournament team ... UNM finishes second at the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge to now-No. 24 Baylor. Jade Michaelsen and Rose Morris were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 Nike Portland Invitational with wins over American and Portland. Jade Michaelsen was named MVP of the tournament, while Lisa Meeter and Allison Buck were named to the all-tournament team ... UNM won the 2009 MCM Elegante Lobo Classic to begin the season. It is the third season in a row the Lobos have started the season 3-0 and won the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Anna Lehne was named the tournament MVP, and joined by Michaelsen and Buck on the all-tournament team ... The Lobos were picked third in the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Poll, the same place they finished the 2008 season. The big difference this season is UNM earned three first-place votes from the voting panel of coaches and media ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen was named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and Morris are the team captains for 2009.
About UNLV (4-10, 2-8 MWC; UNLV leads the series, 15-8, with UNM winning last two meetings) ... The Rebels, under the direction of 6th-year head coach Allison Keely, will play TCU on Thursday night before travelling to Albuquerque. Sophomore Cursty Jackson leads the Rebels with 3.18 kills per set and 0.98 blocks per set. UNLV uses two setters, sophomore Amanda Alles with 6.37 assists per set and senior Samantha Richard at 4.61 aps.
Current RPI rankings ... The first official NCAA RPI rankings were released late Monday afternoon and the Lobos are sitting pretty at 34, second among MWC schools. RichKern.com releases its RPI rankings on Monday nights. The unofficial RPI rankings, that are close to the NCAA's system, has the Lobos ranked 34 and the Lobos' Pablo ranking is 41. The Lobos ended the 2008 season ranked 66th in the NCAA RPI report.
Setting Records ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen cracked the Top 10 on the UNM career assists list during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Michaelsen, from Tucson, Ariz., took over 7th place on the list in the first set of the New Mexico State match on Oct. 13, passing former teammate Sarah Kwasigroch (2005-09). Moving the next two spots up may take some time. She is now 182 and 187 assists away from taking over sixth and fifth place from former Lobos Monica Meihack (2,840; 2002-04) and Karen Saavedra-Warnock (2,845; 1985-88).
UNM Career Assists
1. Janelle Torres 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. Jade Michaelsen 2,659 2007-present 8. Sarah Kwasigroch 2,634 2005-09 9. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96 10. Kelly Griffin 2,096 1999-01
Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne, in addition to picking up the first all-tournament MVP honor of her career, moved onto the UNM career Top 10 lists for blocking - total blocks and block assists - during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. On Sept. 16 against TCU, Lehne added the career solo blocks Top 10 list as well. She is working her way into the top 5 in all three lists. Lehne, a senior from Pueblo, Colo., had a Top 10 season mark with 101 block assists in 2008.
UNM Career Total Blocks
1. Chelsea Sondrup 433 2002-05 2. Kelly Therkelsen 336 2003-06 3. Linda Archuleta 326 1980-82, `84 4. Laurel Luman 320 1990-93 Anna Lehne 320 2006-present 6. Robyn Wentworth 313 1992-94 7. Tammy Lansford 299 1987-90 Pauline Manser 299 1988-91 Zhao Lu 299 1995-96 10. Amber Smith 258 1996-99
UNM Career Block Solos
1. Linda Archuleta 120 1980-82, `84 2. Terri Nelson 107 1980-83 3. Tammy Lansford 86 1987-90 4. Pauline Manser 76 1988-91 5. Sue Guinn 73 1983-84 6. Robyn Wentworth 68 1992-94 Shannon Vessup 68 1981, `83 Laurel Luman 68 1990-93 9. Anna Lehne 66 2006-present 10. Kelly Knowles 62 1980-82
UNM Career Block Assists
1. Chelsea Sondrup 433 2002-05 2. Kelly Therkelsen 326 2003-06 3. Anna Lehne 254 2006-present 4. Laurel Luman 252 1990-93 5. Zhao Lu 249 1995-98 6. Robyn Wentworth 245 1992-94 7. Pauline Manser 223 1988-91 8. Vanessa Shields 216 1998-99, 2001-02 9. Tammy Lansford 213 1987-90 10. Kristine Butler 207 1993-96