Sept. 20, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team struggled to finish against Tulane this afternoon in the final round of the 2009 Arizona Invitational by Marriott University Park, losing in five sets, 3-2 (25-13, 17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-10). The Lobos drop to 8-4 on the season while Tulane improved to 5-4 and took second place in the tournament. Tucson native Jade Michaelsen was the lone Lobo named to the all-tournament team.
The Lobos had a poor hitting first set which Tulane capitalized on and won easily, 25-13. But UNM bounced back to take a 2-1 lead.
It looked like Tulane was going to take off again in the second set with a 3-0 lead, but the Lobos settled down to pull ahead 6-4 with kills by Taylor Hadfield and a service ace by Amy Wong. The teams stayed even until the Lobos pulled away on a block by Anna Lehne and an ace by Hadfield, 20-15. Errors by the Green Wave and an ace by Lisa Meeter gave the Lobos the 25-17 win and a split at intermission.
The third set started evenly with the teams tied at 8-8. Then a Tulane service error and three big blocks, all anchored by Lehne with some help on two, put UNM up 12-8. New Mexico held off the Green Wave, 22-20, then got kills by Allie Suiter and Hadfield, and an ace by Wong to finish the set, 25-20.
The Lobos took a 2-1 lead into the fourth set. But Tulane came out swinging to a 6-1 lead and the Lobos could not get closer than a two-point deficit the rest of the way. The Green Wave forced a fifth set with the 25-19 win.
In the fifth set, the Lobos could not get in a consistent rhythm to keep the serve and lost the set, 15-10.
Hadfield led the Lobos with 13 kills. Lehne had nine kills and five blocks towards the Lobo cause. Michaelsen added 41 assists and 10 digs to her all-tournament weekend.
New Mexico is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Colorado State. Game time on The mtn. is set for 7:30 p.m.