Oct. 7, 2006
PROVO, Utah - Despite a game one win, the New Mexico volleyball team (6-12, 2-5 MWC) dropped its 23rd straight to the BYU Cougars, which improved to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the Mountain West Conference. Winning one game in Provo was a monumental feat for the team, which has now won just two games at BYU since 1995.
The Lobos trailed by seven (5-12) early in game one when the Cougar offense fell apart, bringing UNM back into the game. BYU, which hit .082 compared to the Lobos' .213 average in game one, lost their lead on four consecutive kills from sophomore Jeanne Fairchild, giving New Mexico a 22-21 advantage. Four ties later, the Lobos won the match, 32-30, on a block from freshman Allison Suiter and Fairchild followed by a kill from freshman Rose Morris.
Morris had three early kills in game two, including one that pulled New Mexico within one (7-8) but an 18-10 Cougar run crushed the Lobo momentum as they ran away to a 30-22 win.
BYU thrived with intensity during game three, never giving UNM a chance to really get into the game. The Cougars hit .386 while holding the Lobos to a .125 average en route to the 30-18 victory.
The teams traded points to 10 before BYU came alive with a 10-3 run that all but clinched the match. Trailing by 11 (18-29) with the game at match point in the Cougars' favor, UNM recorded four straight points but it wasn't enough, falling 21-30.
Morris led the team with a career-high 16 kills and 11 digs, notching her second double-double in three matches. Fairchild recorded 12 kills while senior Kelly Therkelsen added 10. Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch hit a team-high .667 (4K-0E-6TA) while passing out 40 assists. Five Cougars recorded double-digit kills as the team hit .348 for the match.
The Lobos stay out on the road, wrapping up the first half of Mountain West Conference action at TCU on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. CT. UNM completes the season series with I-25 rival New Mexico State on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.