Sept. 24, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost to No. 15 San Diego, 3-1 (21-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-18) on a rare Monday night match for the Lobos. UNM is now 11-4 on the season and 3-3 on the season against teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild recorded a team-high 18 kills, while freshman Taylor Hadfield had a career-high 11 kills on the night. Freshman Lisa Meeter just missed out on her seventh consecutive double-double with nine kills and 11 digs.
"I thought we came out really prepared, ready to play," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "We really stuck to the game plan in Game One which was to serve tough, get after them and create some havoc."
The Lobos took Game One in commanding fashion, building an 18-12 lead behind the serve of Sarah Kwasigroch. New Mexico allowed the Toreros to close to within one, 21-20, before Lisa Meeter held serve, including three service aces, getting the lead back to 26-20. A service ace by Gayle Tripp and a kill by Fairchild, one of her game-high six, sealed the 30-21 win.
Game Two was a different story as the Toreros out-hit UNM, .471 to .094. The teams played evenly to start the game, until USD moved out ahead to a 13-8 lead. The Toreros steadily increased the lead until New Mexico closed to within four at 18-14 and 19-15. USD held serve to build a 25-15 lead and did not allow the Lobos to close the gap, winning 30-18.
Hadfield, playing in her home state for the first time as a collegian, led the Lobos in Game Three with five key kills that kept UNM in the hunt. Her first kill put UNM within one at 6-5, while her other four earned the Lobos a sideout each time. Hadfield also paired with Anna Lehne for a block to cut the Torero lead to four at 29-25, before a Lobo attack error won the game for USD, 30-25.
"Later in the match we started pushing balls and we just were not getting after it," said Nelson. "We had to get them out of their system to be successful."
Game Four saw USD build to a 11-6 lead and steadily pull away from the Lobos to the 30-18 final.
The Lobos will return home on Friday, Sept. 28, to face TCU at 6:30 p.m. The game will be tape delayed on The mtn. at 8:30 p.m.
San Diego def. New Mexico 21-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-18
New Mexico (11-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Fairchild, Jeanne 18-0-3; Hadfield, Taylor 11-0-1; Meeter, Lisa 9-4-0; Beck, Kerri 5-0-2; Michaelsen, Jade 5-0-2; Lehne, Anna 4-0-4; Tripp, Gayle 1-3-0; Suiter, Allie 0-0-1; Morris, Rose 0-0-1; Phillips, Kelsi 0-0-1; Totals 53-7-8.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 24; Kwasigroch, Sarah 20. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 15; Meeter, Lisa 11; Phillips, Kelsi 9
SAN DIEGO TOREROS (10-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - ELLICK, Torey 17-0-2; ABRAHAMSON, Laurel 13-0-6; TROOST, Ali 11-0-1; ANDERSEN, Jessica 10-0-3; DeGROOT, Amy 8-3-3; WISKAR, Erin 4-1-2; SUTHERLAND, Jaimarie 2-1-0; MYERS, Kelsi 0-1-0; Totals 65-6-11.0. (Assists) - MYERS, Kelsi 28; NYROP, Jessica 27. (Dig leaders) - CSASZI, Andrea 22; NYROP, Jessica 14