Oct. 16, 2010
Ft. Collins, Colo. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball squad played a ranked team for the fourth time this season. For the fourth time, they came up short. Colorado State hit .349 as a team and had a team sideout percentage of .750 as the Rams cruised to a 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 victory.
The loss dropped UNM to 11-8 on the season and 3-3 in the Mountain West while Colorado State stayed perfect in the league and improved to 17-2 overall. The Rams, ranked 16th in the latest AVCA poll, are the fourth ranked team that UNM has faced, joining Stanford, Hawai'i, and USC, who are all in the current top 10.
The Lobos struggled to score on their serve, a stat that doomed them much of the night. In the opening set, Allison Buck's service ace made it 6-6 and gave the Lobos their second point off of their serve. They wouldn't get another. The Rams forced a sideout on UNM's final 10 serves of the set for a 25-16 win in the opener.
Things went more New Mexico's way in the second set, but after a 10th tie in the set at 19-19, set up by a Taylor Hadfield kill, CSU outscored the Lobos 6-2 the rest of the way. In the third set, Colorado State cruised in a way to the finish line, as the game was tied just once, at 1-1.
The Lobos now return home after a grueling three-game conference road swing to take on Utah abd BYU next weekend, with the match against Utah on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and the match against BYU on Saturday at 2 p.m., both in Johnson Center.