Nov. 5, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team swept past Air Force in three games, 30-20, 30-20, 30-27, Friday night at the Johnson Center on Lobo League Appreciation Night. Junior Chelsea Sondrup recorded six blocks for the match, giving her 302 for her career, which moves her up to fourth all-time in Lobo history. Sondrup is also only the fourth Lobo in school history to reach the 300-block plateau. The Lobos (8-15, 2-12 Mountain West) return to action for the Alumni Match Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. The match features the current Lobos against former players in a controlled scrimmage.
Freshman middle blocker Samie Weber produced the first double-double of her career, putting down 10 kills and seven blocks while hitting a match-high .353. Weber, who leads the team with 107 blocks and 103 block assists, is now fourth in the UNM record books for block assists in a single season.
Two other Lobos hit at least .300 in the match. Sophomore Jennifer Heasty hit for a .316 attack percentage (9K-3E-19TA) with two blocks and Sondrup hit .300 with six kills.
The Lobos dominated up front, registering 14 team blocks to the Falcons' six. Senior setter Monica Meihack got in on the action at the net, recording a career-high six blocks to go along with nine digs and a match-high 32 assists. Kelly Therkelsen, who also had nine kills, put down four blocks while Nicole Ryan had three.
New Mexico's defense was stellar all night, holding Air Force (4-18, 0-12 Mountain West) to a .031 attack percentage for the match. The Lobos also out-dug the Falcons 53-36, led by senior Adah Burke's match-high 13.
UNM limited Air Force to a negative attack percentage in game one (-.069) while cruising to a 30-20 victory. The Lobos gained the lead at the 6-5 mark and never looked back in building a comfortable lead the rest of the game.
It was more of the same in game two. After giving up the first point of the game, UNM tied it at 1 and then led the rest of the way, easing to another 30-20 win.
Game three was more of a challenge for the Lobos, as the Falcons came out of intermission determined not to get swept. Air Force led as late as 27-26, but the Lobos rattled off three straight blocks to take a 29-27 lead. After an Air Force timeout, Heasty closed the game with her ninth kill of the match.