Oct. 3, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team won its third Mountain West Conference match in a row with a 3-0 win over the Air Force Academy. Sophomore Ashley Rhoades had a career-high 15 kills and a .619 attack percentage to lead the Lobos. It is the second Saturday in a row that Rhoades has set a career mark in kills. The Rio Rancho native had a then-career high 12 kills at Wyoming a week ago.
New Mexico (11-5, 3-2 MWC) played a strong first set without a single attack error (14K-0E-21A; .667) to win 25-7. UNM took a 6-0 lead, including two Allison Buck service aces, before the Falcons could get on the board.
The second set saw the return of senior Rose Morris to action. Morris has been out since a pinkie injury on Sept. 12 sidelined the senior captain. The Albuquerque native had seven kills in the set with three kills putting the Lobos back in the lead at key moments. The third Morris lead-changer put UNM up 20-19 and three more Morris kills, including the set-winner, gave the Lobos a 25-22 win.
In the third set, Air Force (8-9, 0-5 MWC) stayed with the Lobos until the 20-20 mark. Rhoades put down three consecutive kills, followed by a Morris kill, then another Rhoades kill, her 15th of the match, for a 25-20 win.
In just two sets of action, Morris finished with 11 kills and a .368 attack percentage. UNM's .460 team attack percentage ranks sixth among the UNM single match records. Setter Jade Michaelsen had 40 assists and six blocks on the afternoon. Junior Lisa Meeter had a solid all-around day with seven kills, .500 attack percentage, a block and a team-leading eight digs.
UNM will take a three-match road swing over the next 10 days. The trip begins with MWC matches at BYU (Oct. 8) and Utah (Oct. 10). The road swing will wrap up on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at New Mexico State.