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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.

Volunteer volleyball coach Gitaik Hong passes the ball to players randomly during a drill at Johnson Gym. The Lobos will have their first exhibition of the fall 2016 season Saturday August 20, 2016. 

Volleyball: New Mexico slated for a strong season despite key losses

The UNM volleyball squad is poised for a good year, despite losing vital players in the middle block and at the setter position. There will be no replacing Hannah Johnson, the quarterback of the group, and the leader for such a long amount of time. However, head coach Jeff Nelson said the Lobo attack is going to be fierce with four seniors on the outside.

Junior Devanne Sours tips the ball over the net while playing MCU Friday March 18, 2016 at Lucky 66 Bowl’s sand volleyball courts. The Lobos will compete in the Battle On The Bayou this weekend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Beach Volleyball: UNM heads to Louisiana in season finale

Beach volleyball will close out its 2016 campaign with a big weekend, playing five matches in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU will serve as the host team in the Battle on the Bayou tournament and will hope to keep its national championship aspirations alive, while the Lobos hope to keep climbing up the unofficial rankings ladder, where DiG Magazine currently places them at No. 16.

The Setonian

Beach Volleyball: Lobos drop three in Texas

On the verge of breaking into the top-10 best programs in the country, the Lobos stumbled at the Cowtown Classic this past weekend. Head coach Jeff Nelson said in a release that the Friday double-header was disappointing. New Mexico fell 3-2 to host TCU followed by a 5-0 sweep to No. 1 USC. The head coach said in the statement that his team couldn’t get anything together and just played flat on the road in Fort Worth, Texas.

Junior Lise Rugland dives for the ball while playing MCU at Lucky 66 Bowl’s sand volleyball courts. The Lobos compete in the Cowtown Classic this Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Beach Volleyball: After sweeping California, Lobos head to Lone Star State

New Mexico is on the cusp of a top-10 ranking after climbing to No. 12 in the nation, according to DiG Magazine, the nation’s official collegiate beach volleyball magazine. UNM’s caliber of play will be tested this weekend at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. New Mexico’s trip to TCU will be highlighted by the Friday night match against No. 1 ranked USC, preceded by the TCU match at 3 p.m.

Junior Lise Rugland rushes to hit the ball back to set Devanne Sours up for a kill against a Colorado Mesa player March 18, 2016 at Lucky 66 Bowls sand volleyball courts. The Lobos beach volleyball program was ranked in the top 20 programs in the nation by DiG magazine.

Beach Volleyball: Lobos among NCAA elite

New Mexico has joined the nation’s elite, jumping in among the nation’s top tiered schools, according to DiG magazine, the official publication for beach volleyball. The weekly poll releases the top 20 programs in the nation, though the NCAA only ranks the top-10 schools.

Junior Devanne Sours jumps to the net to block an off speed shot by a New Mexico State player on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Luck 66 Bowl’s sand volleyball courts. The Lobos will compete in the Wildcat Spring Challenge in Tucson, Arizona this weekend.

Beach Volleyball: Lobos look to build on recent tear

Riding a seven game winning-streak, the Lobos will take to the road in Arizona in hopes to continue their triumphant push in just the second season the program has been in place. After playing two matches in Tempe, and Phoenix Arizona, UNM will play three more games in the Grand Canyon State, this time in Tucson, Arizona. The squad is going to play against three opponents – CSUN and No. 7 Arizona on Friday followed by a Saturday matchup against California State University, Bakersfield.

Sophomore Eastyn Baleto (left) and junior Julia Warren look up for a high ball during a spring 2015 game. The Lobos will play Grand Canyon University and San Jose State this upcoming Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona.

Beach Volleyball: Lobos build on last season

Heading into just the second tournament of the season, New Mexico already has as many wins as they did all of last season. In 14 matches during UNM’s inaugural season, the Lobos collected a 3-11 record against tough opponents. Head coach Jeff Nelson said he saw it as a growing experience to start the program off with a competitive edge.

The Setonian

Volleyball: Four Lobos set to compete for national spot

New Mexico announced on Monday that four players from the volleyball team are taking part in tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The three-day open tryouts will feature freshman Carson Heilborn, redshirt sophomore Victoria Spragg, alongside juniors Cassie House and Devanne Sours.

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