Senior Ashley Rhoades has led the volleyball team in kills and matches started this season. Rhoades, a senior middle blocker from Rio Rancho, said she is familiar with head coach Jeff Nelson’s expectations of seniors on the team.
In the fifth and final set against San Diego State, the UNM volleyball team needed just one more point to take the win, but it came too late. The Lobos lost by 16-25, 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 15-17 Sunday afternoon at Johnson Center, after having five consecutive match-points go to waste.
The UNM volleyball team has 11 games left in its regular season, and there’s still one starting position to fill. This season, the Lobos have been shuffling through players trying to find the perfect complement to middle blocker Ashley Rhoades in the attack. “We’re really struggling in the outside hitting position in terms of people stepping up and being consistent,” head coach Jeff Nelson said.
The UNM Volleyball team won game one, and then it was done. The Lobos (7-4) fell to Texas Christian University (14-1) in three of four games: 25-18, 16-25, 21-25, 19-25, in front of 2,272 fans on ‘Jam Johnson’ and ‘Love Red, Live Green’ night Friday at Johnson Center.
The UNM volleyball team opens its Mountain West Conference (MWC) play tonight at Johnson Center against a familiar foe, the MWC powerhouse Texas Christian University. “We have a rivalry against TCU,” senior outside hitter Kelly Williamson said.
The UNM volleyball team is finally over the tournament hump. The Lobos won their first tournament of the season at the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational over the weekend, going 3-0 against UC Irvine, Portland State and Montreal. In two previous tournaments the Lobos had failed to finish first, but head coach Jeff Nelson said everything came together this time around.
For the UNM volleyball team, the third time will hopefully be the charm. After losses in the championship matches against Nebraska and Northern Arizona University (NAU) in each of the team’s first two tournaments, the Lobos host the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational this weekend as they try to win their first tournament of the season.
It was a tale of two games for the UNM volleyball team. The Lobos beat the University of South Florida in three of four games, 27-29, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 on Friday night in the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic at Johnson Center. The next night, Nebraska, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, beat the Lobos in three games, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.
It’s tournament time for the UNM volleyball team – again. After finishing the regular season 20-11 and clinching second place in the Mountain West Conference with a program-best 12 conference wins, the Lobos received one of 33 at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament, marking the ninth postseason appearance in program history and UNM’s second-straight tournament trip. “I was in disbelief not seeing our name in the first 48 teams announced,” senior setter Jade Michaelsen said.
Jeff Nelson just wants to talk about volleyball — nothing more, nothing less. The fourth-year head volleyball coach is on the cusp of a tremendous accomplishment: his 500th college match as a head coach. But when Sports Information Director Frank Mercogliano reminded Nelson about that piece of trivia, Nelson tried to dodge the topic with a clever quip. “So old,” he said.
The UNM volleyball team tallied its sixth win in seven matches last Friday. The Lobos, 10-6 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action, blazed past UNLV in a three-set sweep at Johnson Center. Head coach Jeff Nelson was all praises after the 3-0 victory. “The win was a team effort,” he said.
Housed. The UNM volleyball team cruised Thursday with a 3-0 win over Air Force in Mountain West Conference volleyball action. After being away from Johnson Center the past two weeks, the Lobos swept the Falcons in three sets for their first MWC win of the season. The Lobos dropped a 3-0 decision at San Diego State in their conference opener last week. Head coach Jeff Nelson said it was pleasant to see UNM return to its winning ways. “We knew (the Falcons) were going to come out hard and put up a fight,” he said.
In front of a home crowd of 2,252 screaming fans, the UNM volleyball team beat in-state rival New Mexico State in a five-set see-saw battle Tuesday at Johnson Gym. Head coach Jeff Nelson said he was satisfied with his team’s fight and perseverance. “You could tell that we really wanted this one,” he said.