Oct. 10, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah --- The Lobo volleyball team snapped a 13-year losing streak in Salt Lake City with a win over Utah, 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21). The last time New Mexico won on Crimson Court was Nov. 22, 1996 (3-1). Four Lobos recorded double-digit kills, led by senior Rose Morris with 17. Junior Taylor Hadfield and sophomore Ashley Rhoades matched career-highs with 16 and 15 kills, respectively.
New Mexico (12-6, 4-3 MWC) set the tone in the first set with a 25-12 win. The Lobos out-hit Utah .750-.148 and did not have an attack error. Junior Lisa Meeter held serve for three points to build up to a 16-9 lead. UNM went on another run to get to 21-9 on a kill by Hadfield, and held on for a 25-12 win. UNM is 12-0 winning the first set this season.
In the second set, the teams stayed close to 12-11 before UNM went on a 4-0 run, 16-11. Sophomore Allison Buck picked up a kill to keep the UNM lead at five, 20-15. Morris had two kills and Hadfield finished the set with a kill, 25-19.
Utah took a 6-2 lead in the third set on two service aces. The teams went back and forth until a service ace by Morris put UNM within one 14-13. Hadfield evened the score with back-to-back kills at 15-15. Tie scores happened again four times with a Hadfield kill at 23-23. The Utes' Cinthia Silva had a kill and a block to win the set, 25-23.
Utah took the lead in the fourth set, 10-7, before Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson called a timeout. After the timeout, Hadfield, Meeter and Rhoades put down kills to tie the set at 10-10. Rhoades put down another kill at 11-11, and gave UNM its first lead of the set with a big solo block, 12-11. Another block by Rhoades and Morris gave UNM a 16-11 lead. The Lobos kept Utah at arms-length and a Rhoades/Morris block finished the match, 25-21.
Hadfield hit .714 for the match, with just one error, while Meeter recorded a double-double with 11 kills and a team-high 15 digs. Rhoades led the front row defense with seven blocks.
The Lobos continue on the road Tuesday, Oct. 13, at New Mexico State. Match time in Las Cruces is set for 7 p.m.