Oct. 14, 2010
Laramie, Wyo. --- New Mexico senior Lisa Meeter recorded her 1,000th dig, and then about an hour later she became the fourth Lobo to ever record 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills as Meeter picked up another double-double as the Lobos took down the Wyoming Cowgirls in three straight 26-24, 25-22, 25-21. The win bumps the Lobos to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West. Wyoming drops to 17-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Meeter led the Lobos with 12 kills, and she added 13 digs in recording her 33rd career double-double. She joins Tania Gooley and Nao Ikeda as the only Lobos to ever record 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs, and 100 aces in their careers. Meeter hit the aces mark earlier this season against UNLV.
The Lobos nearly dropped the opening set, finding themselves down 24-23, but a setting error by the Cowgirls tied the score. New Mexico's defense then cleaned up, as Kelly Williamson and Taylor Hadfield combined for a block to make it 25-24, and Meeter tallied a solo block to win it.
In the second set, the game was tied at 15-all, but New Mexico went on a 9-3 run to take a dominating 24-18 advantage. Meeter had a pair of kills in the run, and Ashley Rhoades and Hadfield added kills as well. Rhoades then ended it with one of her nine kills.
In the third set, the Lobos found themselves down 4-1 early, but rallied to win it. The teams were tied at 18, but Meeter, who had seven kills in the final set with no errors, had four kills out of the final seven points. Fittingly on a night when Meeter entered the record books, she ended it with one more kill, giving the Lobos their second road win of the year and moving the Lobos into a three-way tie for second place with Utah and TCU.
Aside from Meeter's 12 kills, no one else had double-figures, and Ashley Rhoades had nine, ending her streak of double-figure kill matches at three. Jade Michaelsen had 30 assists, and libero Allison Buck had 16 digs to lead the Lobos. Jodi Purdy of Wyoming led the Cowgirls with 11 kills.
The Lobos now face another stern test as they head to Ft. Collins to take on the No. 16 Colorado State Rams. That match has a first serve at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
NOTES: The Lobos picked up their first conference road win of the season ... New Mexico is one of the three league teams without a home loss, and they face Colorado State, who also is perfect at home in conference play.