ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico junior volleyball player Chantale Riddle will be honored at Sunday’s 41st annual New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame ceremony as the Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year.
The New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame (formerly the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame) was formed in 1973. The Hall of Fame was established to honor, by public acknowledgement, individuals, athletics clubs, and teams who have earned recognition and distinction for their athletics exploits, accomplishments, and other sports contributions, thereby bestowing fame and honor in the communities in the State of New Mexico.
“I am so proud of Chantale,” Lobo coach Jeff Nelson said. “All the hard work she has done really paid off this year, first being named an All-American and now thus great honor. Being chosen for this is a huge honor and everyone associated with Lobo volleyball is so happy for her.”
Riddle was named a third-team AVCA All-American, capping an honor-filled junior campaign this past fall, when she led the UNM volleyball team in kills (468) and kills per game (4.11). Her 1,182 career kills rank fifth all-time and she is the program’s first AVCA All-American since 2008 when Jeanne Fairchild was named third-team; Riddle was an honorable mention selection last year.
She is the sixth Lobo to earn AVCA All-America honors, and next season she’ll have a chance to join Pauline Manser as the program’s only two-time All-American. Riddle and her teammates helped the program finish with a 24-7 record, which landed the Lobos in second place in the Mountain West – the most wins in a season since UNM went 25-5 in 1988.
Sunday’s banquet will be held at the Marriot Pyramid from 5-8 p.m. The banquet is currently sold out, but for more information about the banquet and New Mexico’s Sports Hall of fame, visit www.nmshof.com.