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Lobo Volleyball 2024 Conference Slate Unveiled

New Mexico Volleyball’s 2024 Mountain West slate has been unveiled, the league announced Thursday.

Conference play will include an 18-match format with each MW team playing nine home contests and making nine road trips during league action. League play begins on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and concludes Saturday, Nov. 23.

Last year, Head Coach Jon Newman-Gonchar led UNM to its best finish since 2015 in MW play in 2023, finishing tied for fourth with a 10-8 mark in conference matchups.

The Lobos — who advanced to the Semifinals of the MW Tournament last season for the first time under Coach Newman-Gonchar — will being conference play at home with matchups against UNLV (Sep. 26) and San Diego State (Sep. 28) in the Johnson Center. UNM went 3-1 against the two teams last season, the Lobos’ best record against the two foes since 2008.

Next up, the Lobos are on the road for back-to-back weekends, heading to Air Force (Oct. 1) and Boise State (Oct. 5) before facing Utah State (Oct. 10) and Nevada (Oct. 12) the following week. UNM swept the season series with Boise State last season for the first time since 2014.

UNM returns home for three matchups, starting with San Jose State on Oct. 17 and Fresno State on Oct. 19, followed by UNM’s lone meeting this season with Colorado State on Oct. 24. Next up, the Lobos complete the week with their lone matchup with Wyoming (Oct. 26) before heading to Fresno State on Oct. 31 and rematching with San Jose on Nov. 2.

The Lobos’ longest home stretch of the season takes place from Nov. 7-14, with UNM hosting Nevada, Utah State, Air Force and Boise State in that span, with the matchup with the Broncos bring the final home game of the season at Johnson. The Lobos close out the season with the same two teams they started against — San Diego State and UNLV — on Nov. 21 and 23rd, respectively.

If they manage the qualify for the MW Tournament for a fourth consecutive year, they’ll be staying in Vegas again the following week. League play will determine the seeding for the 2024 MW Volleyball Championship, which will start Wednesday, Nov. 27, and conclude Saturday, Nov. 30, in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV Campus.