Lobo Volleyball - On the Mountain West Road
FRESNO, Calif. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team dropped a five-set Mountain West match at Fresno State on Thursday night with set scores of 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25 and 6-15.
The Lobos fall to 14-4 overall and 5-3 in league play while the Bulldogs improved to 11-8 overall and 5-2 in MW contests.
It's the first time this season the Lobos have lost consecutive matches.
Head coach Jeff Nelson says his team was too erratic and got tentative when the match got tight.
"We played well enough to win at times -- I thought we could've won it in four," Nelson said. "We had two swings at the end of the game and hit safe on both of them instead of hitting to win."
Fresno State kept a two or three-point cushion from the Lobos for a majority of the fourth set, and led 21-19 near the end. A kill followed by an ace by Ross tied the set at 21-all. The teams traded points before a kill by Sours gave the Lobos the lead, 23-22, but Fresno State got kills from Maci Murdock and Korrin Wild and ended the set on a stuff, 25-23.
The Lobos went to a fifth set for the fifth time this year and the third time in Mountain West play.
Fresno State rallied off nine-straight points in the fifth before a kill by Sours finally put UNM on the board. The Lobos dropped the set, 6-15, and the match, 2-3.
"We keep riding the mountains of highs and lows," Nelson said. "You can't play like that and it's catching up with us right now. We need more consistency. Consistency would've won the match tonight. We just can't seem to find it right now."
Freshman Julia Warren led the Lobos with 14 kills and tied her career high in digs with 22.
Redshirt junior Chantale Riddle and freshman Devanne Sours also reached double-digits in kills. Riddle tallied 12 while Sours recorded a new career high with 11.
Redshirt sophomore Hannah Johnson recorded her 12th double-double with 50 assists and 14 digs while senior Miquella Lovato added 12 digs.
New Mexico plays at San Jose State on Saturday. The Spartans improved to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in MW play with a 3-1 win over Air Force at home on Thursday night.