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Volleyball: Lobos take down San Jose State

New Mexico has San Jose State’s number for when the teams play in California. The only five times the teams have met on the west coast, UNM has been able to return to the Land of Enchantment with a victory. UNM’s 3-0 victory over SJSU on Saturday maintained its perfect record against the Spartans on the team’s home court.

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Volleyball: Lobos drop four-set match to Aggies

After taking the first set in the Rio Grande Rivalry, New Mexico fell the New Mexico State 3-1. In the last nonconference game of the regular season, UNM had trouble capitalizing against the Aggies, dropping three sets in a row. New Mexico (8-7, 1-1 MW) jumped out to a hot start, something head coach Jeff Nelson has preached to his squad all year. However, following the Lobos dominant 25-20 showing, the Lobos couldn’t manage another.

Cassie House, #12 and Simone Henderson, #9, celebrate after a successful play during their game against Nevada Saturday Sept. 27, 2015. The Lobos went on to beat Nevada 3-1.

Volleyball: Nelson still seeking continuity at libero

New Mexico volleyball head coach Jeff Nelson’s search for a starting libero continued in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Nevada. For the third consecutive game, Nelson has had to command a jersey swap in the middle of a match due to lackluster performances from the defensive position. UNM (8-6, 1-1 MW) has completed 14 games, but the Lobos can’t seem to find any sort of rhythm at libero.

Devanne Sours (left) and Skye Gullatt look at the ball as it slips by them during their game against LSU Sept. 19, 2015. The Lobos ended the Lobo Invitational with a 2-3 loss against LSU and play San Diego State this Thursday.

Volleyball: Lobos out to prove doubters wrong as MW begins

After a bitter ending to the Days Inn and Suites Lobo Invitational, New Mexico heads into conference play with a chip on its shoulder. In front of 3,267 fans -- the 13th largest crowd in program history -- the New Mexico volleyball team recorded a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to LSU at WisePies Arena on Saturday. However, middle blocker Skye Gullatt said her squad is ready to put the nonconference schedule on the back burner and take the Mountain West by storm.

Ashley Kelsey reaches for the ball during the Lobos’ game against Grand Canyon on Mar. 21. The beach volleyball team will hold tryouts Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

Beach volleyball: Tryouts slated for Sept. 29-Oct. 1

New Mexico is looking to build exposure in addition to finding hidden talent for its newest sport. The Lobo beach volleyball program is hosting tryouts Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 for anyone who thinks they can make the cut. Head coach Jeff Nelson said he’s been approached by several individuals on campus interested in trying out. “I just think it’s time we give kids on campus a shot,” Nelson said. “There will be a three-day tryout, and we’ll just see how it goes.”

UNM setter Hannah Johnson celebrates a point during Saturday’s match against Louisiana State University. The Lobos lost to LSU 2-3 and will play at Johnson Center september 24th.

Volleyball: Lobos struggle vs. LSU in invite finale

Crucial errors down the stretch hindered New Mexico’s five-set bid in the title game at the Days Inn and Suites Lobo Invitational against LSU on Saturday night. After taking the first matches against Cal State Northridge and Long Island University Brooklyn, the Lobos hit a lull for a 3-2 loss against the Tigers in the final game the squad will play this season at WisePies Arena aka The Pit.

UNM middle blocker Simone Henderson spikes the ball at the Lobos game against Cal State Northridge on Friday evening at WisePies Arena. The Lobos won 3-1 against the Matadors. 

Volleyball: Kelsey gets start at libero as UNM top CSUN

New Mexico came out with a new rotation Friday night, giving the red-long-sleeved jersey to Ashley Kelsey in UNM’s 3-1 victory over Cal State Northridge. Kelsey, listed as an outside hitter, took over the libero duties for the first time this season after Mercedes Pacheco’s difficult tournament at the USC Classic last weekend.

Outside hitter Cassie House leaps into the air for a kill against Santa Clara Sept. 4. The Lobos start the Lobo Invitational this Friday at WisePies arena against Northridge. 

Volleyball: Lobos host invite at WisePies Arena

New Mexico will host the Days Inn and Suites Lobo Invitational for three home games, away from the team’s home court. For the first time in three years, UNM will be playing a home game at WisePies Arena aka The Pit. Although head coach Jeff Nelson said the Lobos prefer to play in the team’s home gym at Johnson Center, he doesn’t anticipate any less of an advantage despite venturing down the street. “Home is home,” Nelson said. “Home is where your fans are.”

UNM libero Mercedes Pacheco is surrounded by her teammates after scoring a point against Santa Clara on Sept. 4. As a defensive specialist, Pacheco’s role for the Lobos is a key one for the team.

Volleyball: Libero gets loads of family support

The crowd seemed to cheer a little louder for UNM’s freshman libero Mercedes Pacheco during UNM’s home opener against Santa Clara. Looking into the crowd, an enormous group was on its feet cheering and stomping for New Mexico’s newest starter. Pacheco, born and raised in Albuquerque, chose to stay home and play volleyball at the collegiate level instead of trying her luck by playing elsewhere.

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Volleyball: Lobos swept against USC

New Mexico kept pace for two sets against the number six team in the nation despite falling 3-0 to USC on Friday night. The Trojans have swept the last nine teams they have faced, only dropping one set to North Carolina in the first match of the season. UNM (4-4) had no answer for Samantha Bricio, who collected 21 kills on 39 attempts.

Mercedes Pacheco (left) reaches out as one of Santa Clara’s shots hits its mark last Friday. The Lobos will kick off the Lobo Invitational against the Cal State North Ridge Matadors Sept. 18 at WisePies Arena.

Volleyball: Tough task on tap in SoCal

New Mexico’s start to the 2015 campaign has been far from a stroll in the park. The Lobos have had no time to ease into the season, as head coach Jeff Nelson created an opening schedule against some fierce opponents. However, Nelson said his squad’s upcoming trip to Southern California will be unlike the previous two tournaments of the year.

Head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson clinches his fists in the air as he wins his 400th career win. The Lobos achieved Nelson's 400th win with a 3-0 score against Santa Clara Friday night.

Volleyball: Nelson hits 400 career wins

Head coach Jeff Nelson hit a major milestone in his 21st season coaching collegiate volleyball, garnering win No. 400 in a 3-0 sweep against the Broncos on Friday night. Nelson has made his presence felt throughout his 20-plus years as a head volleyball coach. In his ninth season as head coach for New Mexico, Nelson has put up an impressive 159-89 record during his tenure.

Hannah Johnson sets up Simone Henderson for a kill against Santa Clara Friday night. The first of three games in the Lobo Classic was in the Lobos favor, beating the Broncos 3-0 for head coach Jeff Nelson’s 400th win.

Volleyball: Nelson gets 400th win, Lobos sweep Santa Clara

New Mexico was able to celebrate Jeff Nelson’s 400th career victory in a competitive 3-0 sweep over the Santa Clara Broncos Friday night at the Johnson Center. Although UNM didn’t fall in a single set against the Santa Clara, the Lobos’ first victory at home did not come easily. “They play a really fast offense that’s hard to play against, but our kids handled well,” Nelson said.

Cassie House leaps into the air for a cut shot during the Lobos game against NMSU Oct. 20, 2014. The Lobos game against Santa Clara this friday could be New Mexico head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson’s 400th win.

Volleyball: Head coach Nelson one win away from 400

Jeff Nelson continues his path toward 400. After the team dropped its last three sets against Ball State, New Mexico’s head volleyball coach has a chance to seize to his 400th career win in front of a home crowd. Nelson said getting over the 399 hump would have been nice to do against his alma mater, but he will be happy to climb the plateau whenever the time comes.

Simone Henderson congratulates her teammates during their game against San Jose State Oct. 25, 2014. Henderson had 21 kills in Saturday’s game against Ball State as the Lobos went 2-1 in three matches at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge.

Volleyball: Team drops three sets in Ball State match

Head coach Jeff Nelson’s 400th win will have to wait following New Mexico’s 3-2 loss in the final game of the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Saturday. On the national stage, senior middle blocker Simone Henderson had a career night against Nelson’s alma mater during the televised game on ESPN3. Despite her 21 kills on 35 total attempts, the Lobos couldn’t capitalize in the final three sets of the contest.

The New Mexico volleyball players reach in for a team huddle during a match last season. The Lobos open their season at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge.

Volleyball: Nelson chasing 400th win as season opens

This is no ordinary season-opening tournament for head coach Jeff Nelson and his New Mexico volleyball squad. UNM will compete in three games in Muncie, Indiana during the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. Not only will Nelson face off against some of his former coaching staff, but UNM may be able to award its head coach with his 400th career win -- and on a national stage, no less.

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Volleyball: Poll projects UNM to finish fifth in MW

New Mexico will play like a team with something to prove this year. Despite limping to the finish line with multiple injuries last year, the Lobos finished among the top four teams in the conference. This year: UNM has been picked to finish fifth. “We have three all-conference players, the most players returning, and two kids on the preseason (All-Mountain West) team,” head coach Jeff Nelson said. “We’re going to play with a big chip on our shoulders and make them play like they’ve got something to prove.”

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Volleyball: Surprises abound at intrasquad scrimmage

In sports, it is almost guaranteed that not everything is going to go as planned. On New Mexico’s Fan Appreciation Night, it was hard to tell what the plan was amidst Silver’s 2-1 victory over the Cherry team during Thursday night’s intrasquad volleyball scrimmage. Before the match, Nelson said he was going to give fans a glimpse at what his starting rotation could potentially look like.

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