Oct. 21, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team fell to Wyoming in three games, 28-30, 23-30, 26-30, Thursday night at the Johnson Center. The Lobos now turn their focus to No. 9 Colorado State, who will visit UNM Friday night for Jam Johnson. All tickets for tomorrow's match are only $1.
Junior Nicole Ryan led the Lobos (7-12, 1-7 Mountain West) with 15 kills and hit at a .355 clip to go along with five digs and three blocks. Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen also reached double-digits in kills with 10.
The Lobos dominated at the net, recording 24 block assists and 12 team blocks to Wyoming's seven team blocks, but the Cowgirls tallied 16 more kills and hit .276 for match compared to UNM's .168 percentage. Junior Chelsea Sondrup led all players with seven blocks, while sophomore Jennifer Heasty and freshman Samie Weber recorded six and five blocks, respectively.
The Lobos led for most of game one, but could not build a lead of more than three points. After UNM led 14-11, the Cowgirls (11-9, 4-4 MWC) went on a 5-1 run to take their first lead of the game at 16-15. The Lobos fought back and regained the lead at 21-20 on a kill by Ryan. Wyoming scored the next three points, however, and went ahead 23-21. UNM would tie it at 25, but the Cowgirls ran off five of the next eight points for the 30-28 game one victory.
In the second game, New Mexico once again claimed an early lead in the first half of the game. Wyoming awoke in the second half of the game, and after UNM owned a 13-11 advantage, the Cowgirls rattled off a 19-10 run in winning 30-23.
UNM played catch-up for most of game three after falling into a seven-point deficit at the 14-7 mark. But the Lobos slowly crept back into the game, and tied it at 19 on a block by Sondrup and Heasty. The Lobos took the lead at 21-20 and led by two at 23-21. Wyoming then called a timeout and quickly went on a 4-0 run to slow the Lobos' momentum, and ended up taking the game 30-26.