Sept. 30, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team fell to BYU in three games, 17-30, 12-30, 27-30, Thursday night in Mountain West Conference action at the Johnson Center. The Lobos now stand at 6-7 (0-3 Mountain West) for the season, while the Cougars improve to 6-6 (1-1 MWC).
Junior Nicole Ryan led the Lobos with 13 kills and also registered seven digs. Senior Adah Burke, who leads the MWC in digs per game, collected 16 in the match. Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen put down eight kills while senior Monica Meihack dished out 29 assists.
Junior Chelsea Sondrup moved closer to becoming the all-time blocks leader in school history as she delivered four blocks (one solo, three assists) on the night. With her four blocks, she moves up to fourth all-time at UNM with 260 career blocks, only 39 short of the school record. Her 244 block assists are also fourth all-time and only eight shy of the UNM record.
BYU dominated the match offensively, recording 44 kills for a .372 attack percentage. The Cougars' defense was also impressive, limiting the Lobos to a .037 hitting percentage while collecting 15 team blocks. BYU's Lindsy Hartsock tallied a double-double with 11 kills and 11 blocks.
The Cougars controlled the first two games, 30-17 and 30-12, but the Lobos bounced back for a competitive third game. UNM took several one-point leads early in the game, but after a 10-10 tie, the Cougars jumped out in front, leading by as many as five points at the 20-15 and 23-18 marks. Down five, UNM put together a 9-3 run to go up 27-26 late in the game. BYU called a timeout after a Lobo block gave UNM the lead, however, and responded with a 4-0 run to end the game and the match.
The Lobos return to action Saturday, Oct. 2 to face No. 22 Utah at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Saturday will be "Student Night" at the Johnson Center, as the first 200 UNM students in attendance will receive a free 12-CD or 12-DVD holder, UNM student-only prizes will be held and prizes will be given away throughout the match.