The University of New Mexico volleyball team will try something new this weekend, taking on three programs it has never faced at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville.
UNM (3-3) will meet host North Florida (1-6) Friday at 5 p.m., then battle Furman (1-5) and South Carolina Upstate (0-6) at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, Saturday.
Furman may rate as the most dangerous of the sub-.500 teams. The Paladins were picked to win the Southern Conference and have faced a demanding early schedule that included Clemson and Georgia.
The Lobos have won three of their last four matches but are coming off a 3-0 home loss to New Mexico State. Lauren Twitty (40 kills) and Tai Bierria (33) are the top scorers for UNM, but the Lobos have an overall attack percentage of .186.
NMSU: The Aggies (5-2) host the SpringHill Suites Invitational today and Saturday at the Pan Am Center. New Mexico State will take on Montana (1-5) today at 7 p.m. and face Arizona (6-0) on Saturday. Both matches stream live on espn3.com. Then NMSU plays at UTEP (2-4) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Aggies, who defeated Grambling State on Tuesday, have won 14 straight home matches dating back to last season. Savannah Davison (34 kills) and Tatyana Battle (31) have been go-to hitters for NMSU, which has a .220 overall attack percentage.