Sept. 26, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. --- Sophomore Ashley Rhoades had a career-high 12 kills and junior Taylor Hadfield led with 14 kills as the University of New Mexico defeated Wyoming, 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 20-25, 25-17) in Laramie on Saturday night. The Lobos improve to 9-5 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West Conference action.
New Mexico got kills from sophomore Kelly Williamson and Rhoades along with a double block by the pair to take a 3-1 lead. The lead extended to 7-1 as UNM capitalized on Wyoming errors. Wyoming pulled to within four, 12-8. Kills by Hadfield, senior Anna Lehne and junior Lisa Meeter pushed the Lobo lead to 16-8. A kill by Williamson gave the Lobos their largest lead of the set, 23-13. Rhoades and Hadfield combined on a block to finish off the set, 25-15.
Wyoming errors gave UNM a quick 3-0 lead in the second set. A kill and a block by Rhoades bumped the Lobo lead to 5-1, before three Cowgirl kills cut the lead to 5-4. After tying the set at 6-6, kills by Rhoades, Hadfield and Meeter gave UNM a 9-6 lead. The Lobos kept Wyoming at arm's length for the rest of the set, pushing the final differential to 25-15.
In the third set, New Mexico let a 9-5 lead slip away, as the Cowgirls tied the set at 9-9 and started to pull away. Big kills by Wyoming and untimely attack errors by the Lobos led to a 25-20 set win for UW.
The Lobos got back on track in the fourth set. A Lobo error cut UNM's lead to two, 13-11, before finding a rhythm. Junior setter Jade Michaelsen held the Lobo serve for a 7-0 run, 20-11. UNM held on to the eight-point margin for the 25-17 win.
Meeter finished with a double-double of 11 kills-11 digs, while Michaelsen also recorded a double-double with 41 assists-10 digs. Rhoades led the front defense with seven blocks, including two solo stops. Hadfield recorded a season-high attack percentage of .650.
UNM returns to the friendly confines of the Johnson Center for more Mountain West Conference action on Thursday, Oct. 1 (San Diego State) and Saturday, Oct. 3 (Air Force).