Nov. 13, 2010
By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- It was a match of milestones and records for the University of New Mexico volleyball team as they defeated Wyoming in a decisive 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) Mountain West Conference match Saturday afternoon at Johnson Gymnasium.
Setter Jade Michaelsen recorded her 4, 000th career set assist in the first set. The Lobo senior only needed five assists to reach the mark, and she had 36 assists in the match. Michaelsen is New Mexico's all time assists leader with 4,031.
Libero Allison Buck needed 13 digs to reach her 1,000th career dig. Buck had 21 in the match, reaching the milestone and moving into tenth place on New Mexico's all time career digs list with a total of 1, 008. The Lobo junior edged Janelle Torres (1996-99) and Nana Allison (1996-99) who were tied for tenth on the list with 1,005.
New Mexico also set a record for attendance. There were 3, 179 Lobo fans at the match, pushing the season total attendance to 30, 773 and surpassing the previous school record of 28, 190 for season attendance set back in 1991.
If that wasn't enough, Lisa Meeter collected her 13th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs. A baker's dozen is a season best for the senior, and puts her career total at 37 double-doubles, enough for sixth place on the MWC all-time list.
Also having a standout performance for New Mexico was Kelly Williamson. The junior hit .324 for the match and had a match-high 15 kills.
"We didn't play our best today, but we picked up as we needed to and got the win," Lobo head coach Jeff Nelsen said. "We were worried about coming in and playing good ball after such an emotional win against Colorado State on Thursday night.
"I'm really happy for and proud of Jade and Allison for reaching milestones today. Also, our attendance this season has been incredible. I believe our fans have had an impact on our success here at home."
The win increased New Mexico's record to 18-8 overall and 10-3 in the MWC. The Lobos are 6-0 in conference matches at home this season.
The Cowgirls fell to 22-7 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
Next weekend, New Mexico travels to Utah for a pair of road games against Utah and Brigham Young. The Lobos face the Utes at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 18 and the Cougars at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Thursday's match will be broadcast live on TheMtn.