Nov. 18, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Senior Kelly Therkelsen hit .333 with 11 kills but it wasn't enough as Wyoming shut out the Lobo volleyball team (8-19, 5-11 MWC), 26-30, 23-30, 18-30 this afternoon. With the loss, which concludes the regular season, the Lobos most likely draw the eighth seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament next week in Las Vegas, Nev.
Game one was extremely close with 15 ties and 15 lead changes. Even at 24, Wyoming reached game point on a 5-0 run thanks to five UNM errors. The Lobos responded with two points but the Cowgirls' Rachel Smith put down the game-winning kill.
The teams traded points to 13 in game two before Wyoming broke away with a 9-1 run. Despite forcing five Cowgirl errors, the Lobos couldn't get back in the game.
Game three was all Wyoming, which produced over twice as many kills as the Lobos (15-7). New Mexico however, dominated at the net, out-blocking the Cowgirls, 7-4, thanks to four block assists from sophomore Joelle Ingram.
Along with her 11 kills, Therkelsen added eight digs, three blocks, one assist and one ace. Freshman Rose Morris added nine kills and sophomore Jeanne Fairchild chipped in with eight. Ingram finished with six blocks and sophomore Gayle Tripp posted a match-high 19 digs. Smith, Andrea Seele and Annie Meyers all put down double-digit kills for Wyoming, with 14, 13 and 10, respectively.
The MWC Tournament begins Wed., Nov. 22 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas with the eighth and nine seed match-up at 3:30 PT. For complete tournament information, visit www.TheMWC.com.