Sept. 1, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of New Mexico volleyball team kept its undefeated streak alive with a 3-2 win over host Arizona State in the evening session of the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge. The Lobos and Sun Devils swapped game-wins before UNM broke the pattern and won Game Five - 28-30, 30-21, 22-30, 30-26, 15-11.
"We've got really good energy going with this team," said UNM head coach Jeff Nelson. "Gayle Tripp, Kelsi Phillips, and Jade Michaelsen all really have high energy. Lisa Meeter is really focused and intense. So I think, particularly in the back court, we have high energy. Even when they get down, they hang in there."
Arizona State took Game One on a kill and a block after freshman Lisa Meeter put down back-to-back kills to even the score at 28.
In Game Two, New Mexico took the lead at 2-1 and never let go. The Lobos built a 10-point lead, 25-15, on a block by Jeanne Fairchild and Anna Lehne. UNM held one behind three key kills by Fairchild, while Rose Morris closed the game out with a kill.
Game Three saw the score tied 10 times before Arizona State took the lead for good at 12-11. The Sun Devils sealed the game up with three kills in the last four points of the game.
Fairchild rattled off four straight kills to give New Mexico the lead for good in Game Four at 13-9. She put three more kills together later in the game along with a block with Allie Suiter to put UNM up 25-19.
With the match evened up at two, UNM jumped out to a 4-1 lead in Game Five behind three kills by Fairchild. The teams ended up in a 10-10 tie before Gayle Tripp and Kelsi Phillips collided on the court, giving ASU an 11-10 lead. Phillips left the match with a nose injury.
The Lobos pushed forward to the match win with a kill by Meeter, an Arizona State attack error, a kill by Fairchild, a block my Michaelson and Lehne, and an ace by Meeter.
Fairchild finished the five-gamer with 22 kills and five blocks. Meeter recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs.
The Lobos, still off to their best season start since 1990, will face Northern Arizona at 12 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday, Sept. 1, in their final match of the tournament. The Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge will wrap-up on Sunday afternoon with the announcement of the tournament champion and the all-tournament team.
New Mexico def. ASU 28-30, 30-21, 22-30, 30-26, 15-11
New Mexico (6-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Fairchild, Jeanne 22-1-5; Meeter, Lisa 13-2-4; Morris, Rose 12-0-3; Lehne, Anna 6-0-7; Beck, Kerri 6-1-5; Michaelsen, Jade 6-0-2; Middleton, Melissa 1-0-0; Suiter, Allie 1-0-2; Crawley, Kat 0-1-0; Totals 67-5-16.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 33; Kwasigroch, Sarah 19. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 22; Meeter, Lisa 19; Kwasigroch, Sarah 16
ASU (1-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sarah Reaves 19-0-2; Margie Giordano 12-0-4; Paige Mittelstaedt 9-0-2; Staci Smith 7-0-1; Sara Todorovich 6-0-4; Danielle Fernandes 6-0-2; Marina Mercer 2-0-3; Rachel Mittelstaedt 0-0-1; Sarah Johnson 0-1-0; Alison Lund 0-1-0; Sydney Donahue 0-1-0; Totals 61-3-13.5. (Assists) - Marina Mercer 50. (Dig leaders) - Sydney Donahue 32; Alison Lund 12; Sarah Reaves 12; Margie Giordano 11; Marina Mercer 8