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Jeff Nelson address the team during a timeout against Air Force

Volleyball: Lack of fight leads to loss aganist Fresno

After opening up conference play with a win, New Mexico has stumbled its past three matches and finds itself towards the bottom of the standings early in Mountain West play. Fresno State (10-5, 1-3 MW) needed just three sets to send UNM home and back to the drawing board after a 3-0 sweep on Saturday afternoon. “I just think it’s gut-check time,” head coach Jeff Nelson said in a release. “We were 10-4 and now we’re 10-7.”

Mariessa Carrasco attempts to dink the ball over the net against

Volleyball: Lobos unable to finish off SJSU, lose in 5 sets

After a quick start, the Lobos couldn’t finish the job in a 3-2 loss to San Jose State in San Jose, California on Thursday night. It appeared things were going smoothly for New Mexico (10-6, 1-2 MW), who started the first Mountain West road match of the season with 25-21 and 26-24 wins in the first two sets. However, after intermission, the Lobos ran out of steam, and UNM dropped the next three sets.

Victoria SPragg finsihes a spike against Air Force on September

Volleyball: Lobos to face two tough California teams over the weekend

With two starters on the New Mexico bench, the Lobos will look to steal a couple victories on the team’s trip to California. UNM is coming off a split in its first two conference home games of the year, winning the opener 3-0 against Air Force on Sept. 22, and dropping a 3-2 series to Boise State on Saturday. “Considering where we’re at, it wasn’t a bad weekend,” Nelson said. “We feel like we should’ve gotten both wins, but we’re playing down two starters.”

Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Mariessa Carrasco prepares for a kill against Nebraska University on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at WisePies Arena. The Lobos will begin conference play against Air Force on Friday in Johnson Center.

Volleyball: Lobos enter conference play 4th in MW

If New Mexico has taken anything away from non-conference play, it’s that the Mountain West title is wide open and up for grabs. Everyone begins conference play with the same 0-0 record, but there have been some changes on how the Mountain West is stacking up this year. For starters, powerhouse Colorado State (6-5) has already lost more games than the squad lost all last season when the Rams were 26-4 and 18-0 in MW play.

Senior outside hitter Cassie House, 12, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Nebraska on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at WisePies Arena. UNM won three out of its four games this weekend at the UT Arlington Invitational.

Volleyball: Lobos come back from loss to finish 3-1

New Mexico had a long day on Saturday, splitting its final doubleheader of the year while taking both non-conference matches the full five sets. UNM (9-4) couldn’t quite close things out in a 3-2 loss to Samford for the morning contest. After dropping the first set 25-21, the Lobos rebounded to take sets two and three with 25-17 and 25-22 scores, respectively.

Seniors Julia Warren and Cassie House have been playing volleyball with current head coach Jeff Nelson since they were in high school.

Fall Sports Issue: Growing up under Nelson

Jeff Nelson is not just another coach to seniors Cassie House and Julia Warren. New Mexico’s head coach has had the two under his wing from a young age, even when Nelson was just getting acclimated to the community, and the chile, himself.

UNMs volleyball team celebrates game point against Montreal Friday Sept. 9, 2016 at WisePies Arena. 

Volleyball: Lobos shake shaky start to earn exhibition win

The past two nights, teams have not been able to master its serves. In both contests UNM has played in, the Lobos and opponents have combined for 42 service errors, 21 each night. New Mexico (6-2) would eventually find its groove and complete a 3-0 sweep over Montreal in an exhibition match on Saturday night.

Arizona State's Maya McClendon (3) attempts a kill against UNM's Cassie House (12)  and Mariessa Carrasco (21) on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Johnson Center. The Lobos played their first day in the UFS Tournament on Friday, splitting a doubleheader. 

Volleyball: Strong performances blurred in second game of double header

Three double-doubles were not enough for New Mexico in game two of the USF Tournament on Friday night. Sophomore Carson Heilborn, alongside seniors Julia Warren and Devanne Sours, individually posted a solid outing against South Florida, but UNM (4-2) couldn’t close in the second match of the day after taking down Stetson 3-1 in the first contest of the day.

UNM’s bench prepares for game point against Fairfield on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Johnson Center. The Lobos begin the USF Tournament in Tampa, Florida, this Friday against Stetson.

Volleyball: Lobos eye perfect weekend in South Florida

After nearly sweeping the weekend, New Mexico turns its attention to the Sunshine State to partake in the USF Tournament. The tournament will consist of Stetson, South Florida and Western Carolina in Tampa, Florida. Stetson will be first on the horizon for the Lobos, with first serve scheduled for 9 a.m. MT.

Freshman J'Kaylee Clark (17)  prepares to spike the ball against Fairfield at Johnson Center on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The Lobos beat Fairfield 3-0, finishing the UNM Tournament with a 3-1 mark.

Volleyball: Younger look generates winning result

The final game of the UNM Tournament on Saturday night had a different rotation than what most were expecting, one boasting a more youthful appearance. After a thrilling 3-1 victory over Arizona State late Friday, the Lobos came out flat in the first game of Saturday’s double header, head coach Jeff Nelson said.

UNM Alumni Skye Gullat (17) attempts a dink over UNM players  Victoria Spragg (70 and Cassie House (12) on Saturday, August 20th at the Johnson Center.

Volleyball: Lobos sweep only preseason competition

Former New Mexico stars took to Johnson Gym on Saturday night in the first showcase of this year’s 2016-2017 squad. Though the stats and competition won’t officially start counting until Friday afternoon, when the Lobos take on Abeline Christian, head coach Jeff Nelson got the performances he was looking for during his team’s 4-0 sweep over the Alumnae team.

The Lobo volleyball team practices at Johnson Center for their media day Monday August 15, 2016. The Lobos will play their first exhibition match this Saturday.

Volleyball: Tough road begins with Cherry vs. Silver

A rigorous 2016 schedule for UNM's volleyball squad begins on Saturday with an annual alumnae game, the program's only exhibition match of the season. Former players representing a myriad of eras of the program will partake in the preseason affair, as the Lobos get ready to host their first tournament of the year beginning on August 28.

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