Sept. 18, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of the regular season with a tournament championship at the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational hosted by South Florida in Tampa. UNM beat Jacksonville, 3-0 and Florida Atlantic, 3-1 on Saturday to win the event and improve to 8-5 on the season. Senior Lisa Meeter was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while senior Taylor Hadfield and junior Ashley Rhoades joined her on the All-Tournament team.
New Mexico started the day with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 win over Jacksonville. The teams stayed within a point of each other to a 16-16 tie in the first set. The Lobos finally were able to build to a 20-17 lead and kept the Dolphins away to 25-22. In the second set, UNM pulled away from a 5-5 tie to take a 16-10 lead. JU cut the Lobo lead to three several times late in the set, but UNM held on to the 25-21 win. UNM didn't waste any time in the third set. The Lobos built an 11-4 lead and never looked back, winning 25-18.
Meeter led the Lobos with 14 kills, followed by Hadfield with 13 kills. Rhoades finished the match with seven blocks, while junior libero Allison Buck had 16 digs.
In the second match of the day, New Mexico beat Florida Atlantic, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 to win the tourney. The Lobos took a 6-2 lead in the first set but the Owls caught up at the 19-19 mark. FAU stayed close for the rest of the set, taking their only lead at 25-24 and taking the first set 26-24. The Lobos bounced back to win the next three sets handily.
Meeter led the Lobos again in the offensive attack with 19 kills and a .486 attack percentage. She picked up another double-double with 14 digs. Rhoades supplied 15 kills and four blocks, while Hadfield added 12 kills and nine blocks.
The Lobos begin Mountain West Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 23 against San Diego State. Game time in California is set for 8 p.m. (MT).