ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After playing on a few different surfaces this spring, this week the Lobo volleyball program will end its spring competition with their annual spring game on Wednesday, April 16.
The game will be held at the Johnson Center and the first serve with be at 7 p.m. The Lobos will be playing against some alumni mixed in with past stars that are still in the Albuquerque area.
The Lobos are in their fifth week of training and have had an eventful spring that started with the sand tournament that UNM hosted. The tournament included 12 teams and head coach Jeff Nelson was pleased overall with how the tournament turned out.
“The tournament went really well,” said Nelson. “The weather held and everyone played well.”
After spring break, the Lobos headed to Arizona and Arizona State for matches. The Lobos lost several games by two points. “It was a good learning experience. We didn’t serve real well and struggled with our passing which happens when you haven’t trained in a while but overall it was a good eye-opener.”
Following the Arizona road trip, the Lobos held a tournament in Johnson that included teams from Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. The Lobos went 8-0 and played tough matches against Northern Arizona University and Regis. Regis is one of the top Division II schools in the country.
The Lobos held their 8th annual Grass Bash tournament over last weekend, April 12-13. The Lobos saw nearly 200 teams participate in the tournament. All the proceeds went to the Children’s Hospital.
After the Lobos’ spring game, the Lobos will have four days left of spring training, finishing on Monday, April 21 with a team scrimmage.
“We have been doing a lot of different things and we have been playing really well,” said Nelson. “We should be. We have an experienced group returning and the outcome as been really great.”