Oct. 2, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico stayed close in every game, but BYU answered every UNM run as the Cougars topped the Lobo volleyball team in three games (30-18, 30-28, 30-25) Thursday night (Oct. 2) at Johnson Arena. UNM falls to 3-12 (0-2 MWC) for the season, while BYU improves to 11-4 (2-1 MWC).
Freshman Jennifer Heasty (Westminster, Colo.), who entered the match ninth in the MWC in hitting percentage, stayed hot against BYU with 11 kills in 14 attempts while not committing an error (.786). Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup (Lindon, Utah) hit .368 (9K-2E-19TA) with four digs and a block while Anna Reines (Sr., Big Lake, Minn.) and Lauren Dunsmoor (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) each collected seven kills. Monica Meihack (Jr., Fallon, Nev.) tallied 31 assists in her first start as the setter since Sept. 6 vs. Delaware.
While virtually even in kills (BYU-44; UNM-39), assists (BYU-35; UNM 36) and digs (BYU-34; UNM-30), the Cougars compiled a .363 attack percentage compared to the Lobos .176, which proved to be the difference in the match. The Cougars also registered 10 service aces and seven team blocks. BYU hit an impressive .417 in the opening game and ended with a 10-2 run to go up one games to none.
The Lobos and Cougars battled back and forth all throughout the second game. UNM led as late as 21-20 as a Cougar ball handling error capped a 3-0 Lobo run. BYU then went back ahead by three points (28-25) on a Carrie Bowers kill. The Lobos wouldn't fade away, however, and tied the game at 28 on kills by Heasty and Dunsmoor and a block by Heasty and Meihack. BYU regrouped after the run and scored the last two points of the game on a Lindsey Metcalf kill and an attack error by Dunsmoor. Heasty hit .800 (4K-0E-5TA) in the second game alone and Dunsmoor put down five kills.
UNM hung with the Cougars for most of the third game as well. The Lobos last lead came at 11-10, but they were within three points as late as 23-20. BYU then went on a 4-0 run to go up 27-20, and UNM never again came within four points. Heasty and Sondrup each collected five kills in the third game.
New Mexico returns to action tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 3) as it hosts Utah at 7 p.m for Jam Johnson. All tickets for the match are only one dollar and several promotions are in line from the UNM marketing department.