Oct. 31, 2003
PROVO, Utah - The New Mexico volleyball team fell to BYU in three games (30-24, 30-21, 30-20) Friday night (Oct. 31) at Smith Fieldhouse. The Lobos now stand at 3-20 (0-9 Mountain West), while the Cougars improve to 17-6 (7-3 MWC).
Senior Anna Reines (Big Lake, Minn.) reached double-digits in kills for the seventh consecutive match with 10. Freshman Georgia Whitson (Taos, N.M.) tied a season-high with 11 kills and hit .364, junior Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev.) tallied 28 assists and junior Adah Burke (Las Cruces, N.M.) collected 10 digs. Jennifer Heasty (Fr., Westminster, Colo.) hit .312 with eight kills and three blocks.
The Cougars tallied eight more team blocks than the Lobos (12-4) and out-hit UNM .365 to .115. Lexi Brown led BYU with 14 kills while Lauren Richards chipped in 42 assists.
The Cougars took the lead early in the first game and never looked back. With the score 5-3 BYU, the Cougars reeled off a 5-0 run, with kills from four different players to take a commanding lead. The Lobos attempted to counter with mini runs of their own, but were unable to get within three points. Brown led all players in the first game with six kills.
Game two was closer at the start, and the two teams were tied four times in the early going. With the two teams tied at 8-8, BYU went on a tear with a 17-4 run, largely on the serving of junior outside hitters April Varner and Lindsey Metcalf. The Lobos fought back with a 9-4 run of their own, but Metcalf put the Cougars up 2-0 by putting down a game-sealing kill.
UNM came out a determined team in the third game. BYU won the first point on a Brown kill for a 1-0 lead, but the Lobos took control from there. UNM would be tied or hold the lead until it hit 10 points. Then the Cougars took over, leading by as many as three, but the Lobos would fight back on the backs of Anna Reines and Jennifer Heasty. UNM would take its last lead of the match after a Chelsea Sondrup kill made it 19-18. The Cougars then went on a tear to end the match by scoring 12 of the next 13 points. Brown was instrumental in that run contributing three kills. Junior Lindsey Kearl sealed the match with an ace.
New Mexico returns to action when it travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 1) at 7 p.m.