Nov. 1, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Senior Anna Reines (Big Lake, Minn.) collected double-digits in kills with 11 for the eighth straight match, but it wasn't enough as Utah held off the New Mexico volleyball team in three games (30-26, 30-24, 30-24) Saturday night (Nov. 1) at Crimson Court. The Lobos are now 3-21 (0-10 Mountain West), while the Utes improve to 15-7 (9-2).
The Lobos limited the second-place Utes to a .193 attack percentage and outblocked Utah 9-8. However, the Lobos gave up 15 service errors and Utah had seven aces.
Junior Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev.) tied a career-high with six kills and hit .500 for the match. She also tallied 23 assists to go along with five digs and three blocks. Freshman Kelly Therkelsen (Eagan, Minn.) collected seven kills and four blocks, sophomore Chelsea Sondrup (Lindon, Utah) put down eight kills and four blocks with nine digs and freshman Jennifer Heasty (Westminster, Colo.) had four blocks.
Utah started slow in game one, allowing the Lobos to take a nine-point lead (14-5), but the Utes fought back with a vengeance, scoring 10 straight points to take an 18-16 lead. New Mexico kept it close for the rest of the game, but Utah pulled out the 30-26 win. The Utes hit for just .026 on the game, slightly lower than the .050 of the Lobos. Kim Turner led Utah with five kills and two blocks on the game.
In game two, Utah took its first lead at 6-5 and maintained it for the remainder, winning 30-24. The Utes hit for .324 on the game, compared to the .205 of the Lobos.
The Utes started hot in game three, jumping out to a 10-3 lead, then using a 6-0 run to make it 16-4. But the Lobos wouldn't give up, out-scoring Utah 6-1 and then reeling off five straight points to cut the Ute lead to four (20-16). New Mexico narrowed it to three twice before Utah put it away for good, 30-24. The Utes combined for a .242 hitting percentage on the game and held New Mexico to .175.
New Mexico returns to action with its last two home matches of the season next weekend at Johnson Arena. UNM hosts UNLV Thursday, Nov. 6 and San Diego State Saturday, Nov. 8. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.