Nov. 6, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team earned its first Mountain West Conference win of the season with a convincing four-game win (25-30, 30-26, 30-23, 30-28) over UNLV Thursday night (Nov. 6) at Johnson Arena. Senior Anna Reines (Big Lake, Minn.) pounded 26 kills - one shy of her career high - and hit .409 (26K-8E-44TA) for the match to lead the Lobos. The 26 kills tied Delavane Diaz of Air Force for the most in a conference match this season and put Reines over 1,000 kills for her career. Reines also tallied a season-high 30 points, three service aces and two blocks.
The Lobos, who hadn't won a match since they claimed the Comcast Invitational Championship Sept. 6, improved to 4-21 (1-10 MWC) for the season, while UNLV fell to 10-14 (3-8 MWC).
Setter Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev.) fueled the Lobo offensive attack that put down a season-high 65 kills. Meihack had several nice setups and collected 52 assists on the night to go along with a career-high four service aces. The junior also tied her career-high with four block solos and had six kills, five digs and a season-high 12 points.
Freshman Georgia Whitson blasted a season-high 12 kills, junior Adah Burke (Las Cruces, N.M.) produced 14 digs and freshman Jennifer Heasty (Westminster, Colo.) led the Lobos with five blocks. Six different Lobos registered blocks in the contest for a total of 9.5 team blocks, including Kelly Therkelsen (Eagan, Minn.), who had four block assists.
Another key in the Lobos' victory was excellent serving. UNM tallied 16 aces in the match, which is the best for any Mountain West team this season and ties for fourth best in Lobo history.
Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup (Lindon, Utah), who set the UNM single-season block assists record in 2002, collected her 200th career block in the match. Sondrup finished with 10 kills, five digs and two blocks.
UNLV won its only game of the match with a 30-25 effort in game one behind seven kills from Sheila Ocasio-Clemente. Ocasio-Clemente led the Rebels with a total of 15 kills while hitting .480 on the night.
The Lobos would bounce back with a 30-26 win in game two. The Rebels led for the first part of the game, but UNM took its first lead at 14-13. The two teams traded points until 21-21, when the Lobos went on a 5-0 run to go up 25-21. Although the Rebels cut it to one at 25-24, UNM kept its lead and put away UNLV 30-26 for the Lobos' first game win in MWC play.
But the Lobos weren't satisfied with just one game. Following the momentum of the second game, UNM dominated UNLV in the third game, 30-23, paced by eight Reines kills. Fittingly, Reines threw down the last point of the game with a menacing kill to put UNM up 2-1.
New Mexico had to battle to win the fourth game, but eventually fought off the Rebels for a 30-28 win to clinch the match. The Lobos trailed by as many as four points at 16-12, but then went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. No team had more than a two-point advantage the rest of the game. With the score knotted at 27, the Lobos rattled off two points to go up 29-27. After a UNLV point to cut the lead to one, Reines appropriately ended the match with a kill to give the Lobos the win.
The Lobos return to action for their last home match of the season this Saturday, Nov. 8 against San Diego State at Johnson Arena, beginning at 7 p.m. Senior Anna Reines will be honored before the match as part of Senior Night festivities.