Nov. 22, 2007
LAS VEGAS --- New Mexico outside hitter Lisa Meeter recorded 20 kills against BYU in a Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinal loss, 3-2. Meeter was one of four players to record double figure kills as the Lobos ended the 2007 season at 16-13.
"We had the game won, but we beat ourselves," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "We made some big mistakes in Game Five. We played well enough to win. It was heartbreaking and disappointing. As young as we are, we should start learning from our mistakes so we don't let it happen again. We played hard and are much improved but gave it away in the end."
New Mexico and BYU battled in Game One with neither team getting a lead of more than three points and tying 21 times. The difference was the Lobos ability to get five service aces and five blocks against the Cougars. BYU out-hit New Mexico .220 to .190, but the Lobos held on for the 35-33 win.
BYU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Game Two and built a 10-point lead at 21-11. The Lobos got back within range behind three consecutive service aces by Gayle Tripp, 22-17. The Cougars kept UNM at arms length keeping the lead at 26-19. But New Mexico chipped away at the Cougar lead, closing to within one at 28-27 on an attack error by BYU. A kill by BYU put the Cougars at game point, 29-27, but Lisa Meeter, the MWC Freshman of the Year, got a kill to keep UNM within one, 29-28. An attack error gave BYU the win, 30-28.
Game Three was much like Game One. The Lobos took the lead at 6-5 and never gave it back despite seven ties by the Cougars. The Lobos were only able to build up a three-point lead, the last at 28-25. Kills by Meeter and Jeanne Fairchild sealed the win for UNM, 30-28.
The Lobos struggled in Game Four. After tying at 7-7, BYU gradually pulled away, jumping out to 20-12. UNM closed to within six at 21-15, but could not hold off the Cougars attack. BYU won, 30-19.
Game Five was a battle to the end. BYU took a 10-7 lead. Junior Sarah Kwasigroch held serve on a 4-0 run, including two service aces, to put the Lobos ahead, 13-11. A service error and two BYU kills put the Cougars up 14-13. Meeter tied the score on a kill, 14-14, but two UNM attack errors gave the match to BYU, 16-14.
Gayle Tripp tied her career-high with five aces in the match and recorded 26 digs, her second-highest match total of the season.
The Lobos recorded their best season ever since joining the Mountain West Conference in 1999 with 16 overall and seven MWC wins.
BYU def. New Mexico 33-35, 30-28, 28-30, 30-19, 16-14
New Mexico (16-13) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Meeter, Lisa 20-3-1; Morris, Rose 12-0-2; Beck, Kerri 11-0-9; Fairchild, Jeanne 10-0-3; Michaelsen, Jade 4-1-5; Lehne, Anna 3-0-3; Middleton, Melissa 1-0-0; Suiter, Allie 1-0-1; Kwasigroch, Sarah 0-4-0; Tripp, Gayle 0-5-0; Totals 62-13-14.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 50. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 26; Kwasigroch, Sarah 8
BYU (21-6) (Kills-aces-blocks) - GOODMAN, Chelsea 21-2-3; LOTT, Erica 18-0-6; HANSEN, Ashton 15-0-9; DYER, Rachel 14-0-5; PORTER, Bryn 12-1-5; SCHLAUDER, Amy 1-3-2; PINEGAR, Annie 0-1-0; Totals 81-7-16.0. (Assists) - SCHLAUDER, Amy 63. (Dig leaders) - PINEGAR, Annie 18; SCHLAUDER, Amy 14; PORTER, Bryn 13; LOTT, Erica 12; GOODMAN, Chelsea 11