New Mexico Lobo Volleyball Annual "Dig Pink" Match
Saturday: Lobos host Nevada, 1 p.m. MT
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"Dig Pink": $3 ticket for fans wearing Pink. Raffle & silent auction with thousands of dollars in prizes and gifts donated by local businesses and individuals. All proceeds raised go directy to UNMH Cancer Center.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team hosts Mountain West foe Nevada at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday in the Johnson Center for the program's annual "Dig Pink" match.
The Lobos enter the weekend ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West standings with a 16-4 overall and 6-3 MW mark. UNM is coming off a sweep at Texas Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Nevada enters the match ranked 11th in league standings with a 2-19 overall and 0-9 MW record. The Wolf Pack lost in three sets at Air Force on Thursday night.
"DIG PINK" - $3 Tickets, Raffle & Silent Auction
The Lobos will be clad in pink jerseys in honor of their annual "Dig Pink" match and fans also donning pink will get into Saturday's match for $3.
"Dig Pink" is an annual event put on by Lobo Volleyball and the Unviersity of New Mexico Hospital's Cancer Center in the month of October to promote breast cancer awareness. The team holds a raffle and silent auction with all funds raised going to the Center.
This year the Lobos have received thousands of dollars in items for the raffle and silent auction. Several local restaurants, businesses and individuals have contributed as well as other Lobo athletic programs.
Raffle tickets are $1 with the drawings taking place following the match. There are three-five items that will be drawn for -- the final and "grand prize" being an iPad which was donated by Federated Fleet and Auto Services.
The silent auction begins when the doors open at noon and bids can be placed until the start of the third set.
Just a small sample of what will be up for grabs: gift cards from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Cashmere Rougue Spa, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Cliff's Amusement Park, Jinja, Elephant Bar, Il Vicino, Standard Diner, Red Robin, Marcello's Chophouse, Texas Roadhouse, Tucanos, Bravo, Le Peep, Route 66 Diner, Savoy, Menchies, Olo Yogurt Bar, U-Swirl and Boba Tea; paintings from Albuquerque artists Pat Dalton and Maureen Hendricks, and shirts and gear from a few other Lobo athletics programs.
LOWDOWN ON THE LOBOS
The Lobos are coming off a sweep at Texas Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- their ninth sweep of the season, which is tied with No. 12 Colorado State Mountain West best. New Mexico used 15.5 blocks to hold the Red Raiders to a .096 hitting percentage (34-23-115) -- the lowest recorded by a Lobo opponent this season. UNM hit .288 (40-10-104) and ten attack errors ties the team’s season low. The Lobos’ side-out percentage in the third set was 90 percent.
New Mexico went 1-1 in Mountain West road matches last week, dropping a five-set decision at Fresno State before topping San José State, 3-1. The Lobos enter this week No. 4 in the MW standings.
Redshirt junior Chantale Riddle continues to pace the Lobos and the MW in overall matches with 3.99 kills-per-set and 4.68 points-per-set and in MW only matches with 4.00 kills-per-set and 4.58 points-per-set.
Outside hitters Julia Warren and Cassie House add 2.41 and 2.18 kills-per-set while senior middle blocker Lexi Ross hits at a .345 clip and averages 1.95 kills-per-set and 1.14 blocks-per-set.
Redshirt sophomore Hannah Johnson handles setting duties for UNM and dishes out 10.62 assists-per-set. She is the league leader in double-doubles with 13. Senior libero Miquella Lovato is second in the league in digs-per-set with an average of 4.76. Sophomore middle blocker Skye Gullatt ranks third in the league for blocks-per-set with a 1.29 average.
The Wolf Pack -- new to the Mountain West last season -- enter the week No. 11 in MW standings with a 2-19 overall record and an 0-9 mark in league play.
Nevada has lost 12-consecutive matches, most recently being swept at Air Force on Thursday night. Last week the Wolf Pack lost in five to Boise State and was swept by Utah State. Both matches were at home.
Junior middle blocker Tessa Lea’ea paces the Wolf Pack with 2.75 kills-per-set and hits at a team-best .264 pct. She also leads the team in blocking with a 1.14 set average.
Sophomore middle/right-side Sam Willoughby and senior outside hitter Grace Anxo add 2.49 and 2.10 kills-per-set.
Setting duties are handled by freshman Lyndsey Anderson who has played in 26 sets and has an assists-per-set average of 8.23.
Sophomore libero Kara Kasser digs at a 2.78 per-set rate.