Nov. 20, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team could not stop a determined TCU team on the Frogs' Senior Night, losing 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead. The Lobos won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-19, but TCU got on a roll after the intermission, winning the final three sets, 25-20, 25-23 and 15-11. UNM is now 19-9 overall and finishes 10-6 in Mountain West Conference play.
Junior setter Jade Michaelsen recorded two major milestones during the match. Her fourth assist of the third set was her 3,000th career assist and she finished with a career match-high of 61 assists. Michaelsen finished the night with 3,027 career assists.
The teams stayed even in the first set to the 15-15 mark before UNM went on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Lisa Meeter. Rose Morris had four of her career-high 21 kills during the run, along with two kills by Anna Lehne, 22-15. Ashley Rhoades got the Lobos to set-point on a kill, 24-16. But TCU would not go away, holding off match point to 24-19. Morris finished the set with a kill, 25-19.
The Lobos never allowed TCU to take a lead in the second set, building up to 13-9 on a double block by Morris and Rhoades. The Frogs climbed back in the set with some big kills and timely aces and tied things up at 17-17. Lehne and Morris combined for three kills to take a 20-17 lead. TCU cut the lead to 21-19 before UNM scored four straight to win 25-19.
TCU quickly took a 10-4 lead to start the third set. The Lobos scratched back to within one point, twice on a kill by Meeter at 16-15 and by Morris at 18-17. But Lobo errors and big TCU kills put the Frogs ahead for the win, 25-20.
New Mexico held the lead for the majority of the fourth set, including a three-point lead at 21-18. TCU rattled off three consecutive kills to tie the set at 21, before two Lobo attack errors gave the Frogs their first lead of the set, 23-21. A Meeter kill put UNM within one at 24-23. TCU put down a kill to send the match into the fifth set, 25-23.
The fifth set saw the teams battle back and forth to a 9-9 tie. A kill and an ace by TCU put the Frogs up, 11-9. New Mexico stayed within one on a TCU attack error, 12-11. TCU put the match away on a kill and two aces, 15-11.
In addition to Morris' career-high 21 kills, 10 digs and five blocks, Meeter recorded 16 kills and a team-high 21 digs. Lehne and Taylor Hadfield had 10 kills each.
New Mexico finishes the regular season on Friday, Nov. 27 at the University of New Orleans. Match time at the Human Performance Center is set for 6 p.m. (MT).