Sept. 22, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team hit for a season-high .346 attack percentage, but archrival New Mexico State still came out on top in three games (30-27, 30-27, 30-21) to defeat the Lobos Monday night (Sept. 22) at Johnson Arena. UNM falls to 3-10 for the season, while the Aggies improve to 9-4.
Chelsea Sondrup (So., Lindon, Utah) led UNM with 12 kills and three blocks while hitting .455 (12K-2E-22TA), a season high for a Lobo in 2003. Anna Reines (Sr., Big Lake, Minn.) also reached double-digits with 10 kills. Lindsay Smith (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.) paced the offense with 37 assists. Four Lobos hit over .300 for the match, including Jennifer Heasty (Fr., Westminster, Colo.), who attacked for a .583 percentage (7K-OE-12TA).
The Lobos came out on fire in game one, hitting at a .410 clip, but couldn't build a lead in the process. Neither team registered a lead of more than four points throughout the game, but with the score tied at 26, the Aggies closed the game with a 4-1 run to put UNM away.
New Mexico State was the hot team in game two, hitting a blistering .529 with 20 kills for the 30-27 victory. UNM led as late as 23-22, but once again the Aggies coasted during the stretch, cruising on an 8-4 run to end the game.
In game three, NMSU led by as many as nine points before the Lobos cut the lead to six at 23-17. The Aggies closed the game and the match with a 7-4 run. UNM cooled off in game three, hitting .276 with only 11 kills, while the Aggies pounded 21 kills.
"This is the best thing we could have done today - better than any practice - because we got better as a team," said UNM head coach Kelley Sliva McKee. "We hit the ball excellent and continued to stabilize our passing. However, we continued to give up too many easy points. But playing tonight certainly helped us, and it gives us some confidence heading into Mountain West Conference play."
Stevi Adams pounded a match-high 19 kills for NMSU and hit .600 while Trinia Cuseo tallied 15 kills and hit at a .407 clip. The Aggies hit an impressive .397 for the match.
The Lobos open the Mountain West Conference season this Friday, Sept. 26 at Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo.