Oct. 13, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough match at the Johnson Center on Saturday night to UNLV, 22-30, 30-26, 31-29, 32-30. Junior Gayle Tripp earned her 1,000th career-dig at UNM on her tenth dig of the evening and moved up to eighth place on the UNM all-time career dig list with 1,013.
"We had leads in Games Three and Four and when you are at 29-27 in Game Four you have to play to win, and we didn't do that tonight," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "We played not to lose. We played safe and it bit us in the butt."
Game One saw the Lobos build an early 10-point lead at 16-6. The Lobos biggest lead of the game was 13 at 26-13 on a kill by Anna Lehne. Junior Jeanne Fairchild was nearly unstoppable with eight kills in 11 attacks, leading the Lobos to a 30-22 win.
In Game Two, the two teams played evenly with UNM taking two rare two-point leads at 6-4 on a block by Rose Morris and Kerri Beck, and 12-10 on a service ace by Jade Michaelsen. The Lobos got the lead up to three at 20-17 on a kill by Lisa Meeter. UNLV battled back and took the lead for good at 22-21. Tripp recorded her 1,000th career dig at 23-22. The Rebels got some key kills late in the game to win, 30-26.
Game Three started off evenly, but the Rebels jumped out to a 13-8 lead before UNM could get back in the game. The Lobos battled back tying the score at 21, then tied it six more times to 29 all on a kill by Fairchild. A UNLV kill and a UNM attack error gave the Rebels the game, 31-29.
Game Four started much the same as Game Three, but this time the Lobos got the big lead, 19-13. It looked like the Lobos were going to force Game Five until the Rebels fought back and tied the score at 27. A block by Michaelsen and Lehne evened the score at 30. Two UNLV kills won the match, 32-30.
Fairchild led the Lobos with 27 kills on the night, followed by Meeter with 17, Morris with 12, and Lehne with 11. Lehne had seven blocks as well. Michaelsen set a career-high in assists for the second night in a row with 57. Tripp ended up with 23 digs on the night, while Sarah Kwasigroch, in her new role as a defensive specialist, had 21.
The Lobos (14-6, 5-3 MWC) begin a three-match road swing to start the second half of the Mountain West season at Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 18. UNM will face Air Force the next day, Oct. 19, in Colorado Springs, then at TCU on Oct. 26.
UNLV def. New Mexico 22-30, 30-26, 31-29, 32-30
UNLV (15-3, 6-2 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - ALADJOVA, Maria 22-0-3; MIRAMONTES, Lauren 22-0-5; GREENWOOD, Erin 15-0-8; WALTERS, Jessica 6-0-3; NUA, Melody 3-0-5; NEHF, Sara 1-0-0; LUMSDEN, Brittani 1-0-0; CUNNINGHAM, Camille 1-1-0; KEELER, Kelsey 0-0-1; Totals 71-1-15.0. (Assists) - NUA, Melody 57. (Dig leaders) - WALKER, Jada 23; CUNNINGHAM, Camille 12; NUA, Melody 11; WALTERS, Jessica 9
New Mexico (14-6, 5-3 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Fairchild, Jeanne 27-0-2; Meeter, Lisa 17-0-3; Morris, Rose 12-0-2; Lehne, Anna 11-0-7; Beck, Kerri 5-0-4; Michaelsen, Jade 3-2-6; Suiter, Allie 1-0-0; Phillips, Kelsi 0-1-0; Tripp, Gayle 0-1-0; Totals 76-4-12.5. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 57. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 23; Kwasigroch, Sarah 21; Meeter, Lisa 8