BAYLOR TOURNAMENT: The Lobos hit the road to participate in the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas. UNM won the only non-conference road tournament it played in last season, sweeping the competition at the Montana Invitational.
Action begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. CT for New Mexico, taking on Houston. At 7:30 p.m. CT, the Lobos square off with the tournament's host, Baylor. On Saturday, UNM plays UALR (Arkansas-Little Rock) at noon CT, followed by a 4 p.m. CT match vs. Louisiana-Monroe. CSTV's GameTracker is only available for the game vs. Baylor. The free link can be found at www.GoLobos.com on the volleyball schedule page.
IN THE PAST: Combined, New Mexico has played 10 matches against the opponents it will face at the Baylor Tournament and has only suffered one loss. The Lobos are 4-0 against Houston but haven't played the Cougars since 1988. New Mexico shut out Louisiana-Monroe the only time the two teams met, Sept. 3, 1999. Against Baylor, the Lobos are 4-1, winning the first four matches. The last match, Sept. 4, 1999, the Bears blanked the Lobos. UNM has never faced UALR.
In head coach Kelley McKee's 13 years as a leader at the Division I level, she has never lost to this weekend's opponents. McKee is 3-0 vs. UALR, 1-0 vs. Baylor and 1-0 vs. Houston. She has never coach against Louisiana-Monroe.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Houston Cougars: Houston enters the weekend 2-1 overall after competing at the Towson Invitational in Maryland last weekend. The Cougars shut out Robert Morris and edged past the host team, Towson, in five games. Their lone loss came to 23rd-ranked Ohio State in five games.
Justine Farmer and Becca Sartori lead the UH offense and blocking front. Farmer averages a team-high 3.77 kills per game and 0.46 blocks per game. Sartori averages a team-high 0.60 blocks per game and 3.00 kills per game. Kelsey King is the team's setter, dishing out 11.54 assists per game. Ashley Calhoun and Farmer top the defense, averaging 3.08 digs per game.
UALR Trojans: The Trojans went 2-2 at the Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss., picking up 3-1 wins over Western Carolina and Southeast Missouri. UALR fell 1-3 to Pittsburgh and 2-3 to Ole Miss, the tournament's host.
Ivanka Davidova is the all-around team leader, averaging 4.06 kills per game, 1.18 blocks per game and is hitting .323. Amila Barakovic boasts a team-high 4.12 kills per game average, Ana Carolina Buccini averages 5.53 digs per game and Sanda Dzile hands out 12.18 assists per game.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks: ULM started off the SMU Radisson Hotel Invitational on the wrong foot, losing 0-3 to Auburn and SMU. But the Warhawks turned it up a notch after being down 0-2 in their final match, getting a 3-2 win over Prairie View.
Louisiana-Monroe used only six players at the tournament, forcing them to play all 11 games. Nicole Schaferkotter had a team-high 24 kills (2.28 pg) and eight aces (0.73 pg) while Desiree Goldsby recorded 39 digs (3.55 pg). Of the team's 100 assists in three matches, Darci Mika produced 86 (7.82 pg) and Megan Osborne was a part of six (0.55 pg) of ULM's nine blocks.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER: Senior Kelly Therkelsen is on her way to having an unforgettable senior season. She enters the year third on New Mexico's career block assists list and after posting eight in the opening weekend at the Hilton Albuquerque Classic, she sits second with 258. To claim the record however, she will have to have her best production ever, needing 176 to break the record set by Chelsea Sondrup last season.
STRONG SUIT(ER): Freshman Allison Suiter was a strong asset for the Lobos this weekend. She started her collegiate career seven kills and three blocks vs. Utah State. In the next game, she led the team with 12 kills on 19 attacks and made just two errors, hitting an outstanding .526. In the final game of the Hilton Albuquerque Classic, she contributed five kills and a team-high six blocks. She is currently second on the team in hitting, averaging 2.18 kills per game and blocking, averaging 1.00 per game.
TWICE THE TRIPP: Sophomore Gayle Tripp has started the season well above the level of play she recorded last season. During her freshman campaign, she produced 268 digs (2.60 pg) in 103 games. In the 11 games (three matches) to start this season, Tripp recorded 50 digs, averaging 4.55 per game, the fifth best average in the Mountain West Conference.
INVENTING INGRAM: Sophomore Joelle Ingram has reinvented herself and is one of the top players on the New Mexico volleyball team. Seeing time in only 10 games last season, she played all 11 last weekend at the Hilton Albuquerque Classic. She led the team in blocks, recording 14 for a 1.27 per game average and dropped in a team-high five aces. Ingram's numbers rank her fifth in the MWC in both categories.