With 22 practices under their belt, Lobo players made final pre-season preparations, hosting their Cherry vs. Silver intrasquad exhibition match, Saturday at 6 p.m. in Johnson Center. Cherry came out on top, dominating all three sets and racked up scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-16. Head Coach Jeff Nelson offered his take on the game saying, "I was actually quite happy with how we played. We have nine new players. I thought they were nervous...They had to step up, and they did." Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Twitty echoed Nelson’s views, saying, “Overall I thought the energy and effort was good. I think it was a good chance to get the nerves out of the freshmen and to get them some playing time.”
The Lobo beach volleyball team will host its only two home matches of the season on Friday and Saturday at Lucky 66 Bowl. Taking on the familiar team Colorado Mesa twice this week, the Lobos are aiming at two easy wins, as they achieved in the 4-1 victory one month ago in Arizona. “I am looking forward to play at home,” head coach Jeff Nelson said in an interview. “We played them earlier this year. We have to be more focused and ready to go, because they keep improving and their coaches are doing a good job.” The Division II school doesn’t seem to bring much threat to UNM, as New Mexico dominated in all four matches between the two teams so far.
The UNM beach volleyball team will take on Benedictine University at Mesa in its 2017 season opener in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday. The Lobos just established their beach volleyball program two years ago, but have already enjoyed the fruit of success. Thanks to the impressive 17-6 record of the team last season, the latest preseason DiG Magazine Poll placed UNM at No. 18 in the national ranking. “We really have a handle on what we need to do to be successful,” head coach Jeff Nelson said on Media Day. “In the past, we’ve been learning. Now we’re playing better ball...because we have so much experience.”
New Mexico volleyball finished its 2016 season on Tuesday. with an even .500 record after dropping its finale 3-1 to UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lobos (16-16, 6-12 Mountain West) registered their ninth season at .500 or better under head coach Jeff Nelson, and tied at No. 8 in the Mountain West standings with Fresno State. The Rebels (23-7, 12-6) placed third in the regular season after winning 25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21 against the Lobos.
The New Mexico women’s volleyball team will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to face UNLV in its season finale on Tuesday, hoping to cap the season with a third straight win. The Lobos (16-15, 6-11 MW) climbed to No. 8 in the conference standings by sweeping Nevada and San Diego State last week. The two wins guaranteed New Mexico at least a .500 record for the season, picking up some momentum before they meet conference No. 3 the Rebels (22-7, 11-6).
The Lobos had a decisive victory on Saturday against San Diego State, setting them up for another winning season. “This was a great week for us. We played two really good teams and went 6-0 in games. It’s such a great turn for the future,” said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson, expressing his satisfaction about the performance of his team in its last home match.
The New Mexico volleyball team evened its record on the season at Nevada last Wednesday, and will try to close things out with wins in the their final two matches. The Lobos earned a sweep over Nevada and return home to host San Diego State in their final home match before heading back to Nevada to finish the season on the road against UNLV. Nevada head coach Lee Nelson said the Lobos had the capability of taking down the Wolf Pack, especially if the team lacked focus or became complacent.
The UNM volleyball team swept Nevada on Wednesday night, and the team hopes to ride the momentum towards closing the season with a winning record. The Lobos (15-15, 5-11 Mountain West) found themselves balanced in all aspects of the game, defeating Nevada (18-10, 9-7 MW) 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 as one of their players hit a major milestone.
The New Mexico volleyball team was unable to close out its match against Utah State early after building a two game lead, falling 2-3 in its penultimate home match on Saturday. The Lobos (14-15, 4-11 Mountain West) won the first two games 28-26, 25-22, then lost momentum and dropped the last three sets 25-21, 25-19, 15-13 to the Aggies (12-15, 7-9). “I’m not happy with our performance... because our blocking was really poor again,” head coach Jeff Nelson said. “We talked about it, but we were not making any changes — we got beat because of blocking today.”
The New Mexico volleyball team will host Utah State on Saturday, expecting revenge at their penultimate home match against an Aggies squad that beat the Lobos 3-1 last month. The Lobos (14-14, 4-10 MW) dropped to No. 9 in the conference after falling in both of their road matches last week. Despite the losses against Wyoming on Thursday and Colorado State on Saturday, UNM went the distance against the Rams, playing them in a five-set battle before eventually falling.
New Mexico volleyball ended its hot hand in Mountain West play by dropping two close matches over the weekend, falling 3-1 to Wyoming and 3-2 to Colorado State. The Lobos (14-14, 4-10 Mountain West) saw their 3-match winning streak halted by the Cowgirls (17-9, 10-3) losing 25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-13 on Thursday. Saturday proved too hard for New Mexico,to grab a win from No. 2 Colorado State (17-7, 11-2) even though it held a 2-0 lead. The Rams fight back in the last three sets and Lobos fell 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-7. As a result, New Mexico fell to ninth in the conference standings.
New Mexico volleyball continued its revenge campaign to sweep San José State in Johnson Center on Saturday. The Lobos (14-12, 4-8 MW) climbed two spots to No. 8 in the Mountain West conference after sweeping the Spartans (10-14, 3-9 MW) 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 to extend their winning streak to three-straight in conference play. “It’s a great weekend for us, and we moved up a couple spots in the conference,” New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson said in an interview.
The New Mexico volleyball team rebounded in the final two games to revenge Fresno State 3-2 in Johnson Center on Thursday. The Lobos (13-12, 3-8 Mountain West) have begun finding the win column, notching three victories in their last four matches.
The Lobos are looking forward to a big home week, hosting Fresno State on Thursday and San José State Saturday — and they’re looking to exact some revenge on the two conference foes. The Lobos (12-12, 2-8 MW) just ended their eight-match losing skid in the Mountain West conference as they swept Air Force last Saturday after falling 3-0 to Boise State in the match prior. “Two tough road matches for us with the top teams in the conference,” New Mexico assistant coach JJ Glavan said. UNM ranks No. 10 in the conference standings, while its opponents Fresno State (12-9, 3-7) and San José State (10-12, 3-7) are tied for eighth. “(Last week) gets us going a little bit more for our big week here against Fresno State and San Jose State,” Glavan said.
The Lobos ended their eight-game losing streak in the Mountain West conference, sweeping Air Force 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. New Mexico (12-12, 2-8 Mountain West) showed some courage and earned a split during the week, dominating Air Force (9-14, 0-10) in a 25-17, 29-27, 25-19 sweep after falling to Boise State on Thursday evening. “It was nice to get a win on the road,” New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson said.
New Mexico’s volleyball team expects to bring momentum into its two conference road matches with Boise State on Thursday and Air Force on Saturday. The Lobos (11-11, 1-7 MW) just put an end to their seven-match losing skid, having gained confidence after snatching a win from Rio Grande rival New Mexico State Aggies on Sunday Now the Lobos, after two intense weeks of matches, take aim at a chance to end their conference losing streak when the team faces the Broncos (15-6, 6-2), and the Falcons (9-12, 0-8).
New Mexico volleyball bounced back after dropping the first set — as well as its previous seven matches — to defeat in-state rival New Mexico State 3-1 in Sunday’s “Lobos Love Pink” match. The Lobos (11-11, 1-7 Mountain West) lost the first game 25-20, but won the next three 28-26, 25-19, 25-23. In addition to ending their longest losing skid in over 10 years, the Lobos cooled off a hot Aggies squad (17-5, 7-0 WAC) that had won 11 straight. “It’s about time,” Lobos head coach Jeff Nelson said. “That’s the way we should be playing ball.”
New Mexico volleyball showed fight, but finds itself bogged down in a seven-match losing streak, their latest defeat a 3-1 affair at the hands of Utah State Thursday night in Logan, Utah. The Lobos (10-11, 1-7 Mountain West) couldn't find their way out of some tough holes in the conference match, unable to to play consistently and falling in four sets (25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-19) to the Aggies (8-10, 3-4 Mountain West).
New Mexico volleyball countered after dropping the first set, but still fell 3-1 to UNLV in an intense match Tuesday night in the Johnson Center. “They are second place in the conference, we had a chance to win,” UNM head coach Jeff Nelson said in an interview. Although the Lobos (10-10, 1-6 Mountain West) suffered their sixth straight loss, falling in four sets, 25-16, 19-25, 32-30, 25-16, the team may have gained some momentum from its bout with the Rebels (17-2, 6-1 Mountain West) before beginning its road trip.
Cassie House recorder career kill No. 1,000 in New Mexico’s 3-0 loss to Wyoming on Saturday afternoon in Johnson Center. After winning the conference opener, UNM has dropped its past five games in the Mountain West. This is a developing story check back in at Dailylobo.com for the full story.