Lobo Volleyball Faces Challenge in Texas Tech
Sept. 26, 2011
Who: Lobos vs. Texas Tech
When/Where: 7 p.m., Monday - Johnson Center
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ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. -- The Lobos battle Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on Monday. This will be the first time coach Nelson has faced the school that gave him his head coaching start. Nelson coached at Texas Tech from 1995-02.
Lobo League Night: The volleyball team would like to see fans show up in bunches for Lobo League night vs. Texas Tech Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are regular price, but if six or more people from a team attend the game, they get 10% off for the spring season.
NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: The Lobos' record is 7-4 (0-1, MW) after going 2-1 at the Pitt Blue and Gold Classic, beating Delaware, 3-1, Temple, 3-1 and losing to Pitt, 2-3 ... Most recently, the Lobos dropped a MW match to TCU, 1-3.
Last season, the Lobos made it to the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. The Lobos hadn't made it to two consecutive postseasons since they did it in the 1993, `94 seasons, which happened to be the end of a five-year postseason run that spanned from 1990-94, and was subsequently the last time the Lobos were in the NCAA Tournament. With the appearance in 2009, the Lobos broke a drought of 14 years between trips to the national post-season. With last year's postseason berth, UNM now has nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1981, `88, `90, `91, `92, `93, `94, `09, 2010).
TEXAS TECH AT A GLANCE: The Red Raiders enter this weekend's tournament boasting a 13-2 record, marking the program's best start since 2000. At one point Texas Tech had 12-match winning streak going. It is the school's longest run since 1996 when the Red Raiders won 15-straight to open the season under Jeff Nelson's direction.
AGAINST TEXAS TECH (8-9) : The Lobos are 8-9 all time versus the Red Raiders. The Lobos have dropped the last three meetings between the two teams, most recently in 2001, when Texas Tech won 3-0 at home.
COACH NELSON: The Lobos are led by Coach Jeff Nelson, who is in his fifth year at New Mexico and carries a 86-44; 40-25 MW, record into Friday's game against TCU.
NELSON FACES FAMILIAR FOE : Head coach Jeff Nelson will face the school that gave him his head coaching start in Texas Tech. Nelson compiled a record of 166-95 in nine years as the Red Raiders coach from 1995-02. He had great success at Texas Tech, coaching the Red Raiders to five NCAA tournament appearances.