Lobo Volleyball Hosts MCM Elegante Lobo Classic
Aug. 25, 2009
This Week in Lobo Volleyball
This Week: The Lobos host the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic on Aug. 28-29. Guests will be the University of Delaware, Portland State University and UC Santa Barbara. The Lobos have faced all three teams in the past, tying Delaware 1-1 and UC Santa Barbara 2-2, while Portland State leads the series, 2-1.
Live Stats, Video: Live statistics (Gametracker) and videostreaming (Lobo TV/All Access) are available on GoLobos.com. Game tracker is free, while Lobo TV (All Access) is a monthly or annual subscription.
MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Schedule:
Saturday, Nov. 29
The Debut of Big Louie ... The volleyball team's new mascot, Big Louie, will make his debut on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.
Lobos Among Tops In Attendance ... New Mexico finished the 2008 season ranked 20th in the national attendance rankings. UNM averaged 1,570 fans over the 13 home matches of the 2008 season. The Lobos' season-high 2,381 fans showed up on Nov. 28 against New Mexico State. The Lobos are second in the MWC behind Colorado State in 11th with 2,387 fans per match.
Michaelsen Named MWC Preseason Co-Player of the Year ... University of New Mexico setter Jade Michaelsen has been named the 2009 Mountain West Conference Preseason Co-Volleyball Player of the Year, along with Colorado State's Tessa Nelson. The Lobos were picked third in the MWC Preseason Poll with 112 points and three first-place votes, the highest MWC preseason ranking ever for New Mexico.
About New Mexico (0-0, 0-0 MWC) ... 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 Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the same voting group ... Michaelsen and senior Rose Morris are the team captains for 2009.
About Delaware (0-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletics Association) ... The Blue Hens are a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, representing the CAA. Delaware was 19-16 overall and 9-5 in conference play for third place and won the conference tournament title for the second straight season. Coached by Bonnie Kenny, UD has been picked first in the 2009 CAA Preseason Poll. The Blue Hens returns five starters from last season's team, including all-conference performers Steph Barry, Katie Dennehy and Kim Stewart.
About Portland State (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky Conference) ... The Vikings are a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, their first-ever apperance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Portland State was 20-9 overall and 11-5 in Big Sky play for second place and won the Big Sky tournament title. Third-year head coach Michael Seeman's Vikings return six starters led by all-Big Sky performers Nique Fradella and Marija Vojnovic. Portland State was picked to win the Big Sky Conference
About UC Santa Barbara (0-0, 0-0 Big West Conference) ... The Gauchos are led by volleyball legend Kathy Gregory. Gregory is in her 35th season as the head coach at UCSB with a 809-362 record. UCSB finished the 2008 season with an 11-16 overall mark and 7-9 in Big West action. The Gauchos have been picked fifth in the Big West Preseason Poll. Top returners for UCSB are Rebecca Saraceno, Dana Vargas and Lily Lopez.
Setting Records ... Junior setter Jade Michaelsen is expected to crack the Top 10 on the UNM career assists list this weekend during the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. Michaelsen, from Tucson, Ariz., is currently 60 assists away from taking over 10th place held by former Lobo All-American Pauline Manser.
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. Sarah Kwasigroch 2,634 2005-09 8. Gretchen Gegenfurtner 2,193 1993-96 9. Kelly Griffin 2,096 1999-01 10. Pauline Manser 1,987 1988-91 Moving Up: Jade Michaelsen - 1,928 2007-present
Blocking Into The Books ... Senior Anna Lehne should also move onto the UNM career Top 10 lists for blocking - total blocks, block solos and block assists - over the weekend. 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 5. Robyn Wentworth 313 1992-94 6. Tammy Lansford 299 1987-90 Pauline Manser 299 1988-91 Zhao Lu 299 1995-96 9. Amber Smith 258 1996-99 10. Kristine Butler 256 1993-96 Moving Up: Anna Lehne - 253 2006-present
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. Kelly Knowles 62 1980-82 10. Kim Hicks 59 1980-81, `83 Moving Up: Anna Lehne - 54 2006-present
UNM Career Block Assists
1. Chelsea Sondrup 433 2002-05 2. Kelly Therkelsen 326 2003-06 3. Laurel Luman 252 1990-93 4. Zhao Lu 249 1995-98 5. Robyn Wentworth 245 1992-94 6. Pauline Manser 223 1988-91 7. Vanessa Shields 216 1998-02 8. Tammy Lansford 213 1987-90 9. Kristine Butler 207 1993-96 10. Linda Archuleta 206 1980-82, `84 Moving Up: Anna Lehne - 199 2006-present