Oct. 31, 2010
It figures that with a last name like Rhoades, Ashley Rhoades would be right at home on, well, the road. That she was. The junior had a monster afternoon on national television as the Lobo outside hitter knocked home 15 kills with just one error on only 21 swings as New Mexico won their fourth consecutive match, defeating Air Force 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-6. The six points allowed in the fourth set was a school record since the NCAA changed the scoring rules in 2001.
Rhoades, who had a solid night against UNLV on Friday with 10 kills and a .533 attack percentage, was even better on Sunday. Rhoades tied for the team lead on the day with 15 kills, equaling Lisa Meeter's 15, but Rhoades hit .667 for the day, proving nearly unstoppable.
In the opening two sets, the Lobos hit .583 and .469 with 33 kills to just four errors. The Lobos did it with defense as well, totaling 12 blocks and 58 digs. However, it wasn't a sweep. In the third set, Air Force took advantage of the Lobos switching things up to take the set 25-22. Apparently, the Lobos were not happy.
New Mexico forced side outs on all seven Falcon serves, and up 9-4 in the set, the Lobos went on an epic 16-2 run to end it. It was a near perfect set as UNM had 13 kills on 22 attacks. The six points bettered the seven scored by Air Force in 2007 in a 30-8, 30-7, 30-19 Lobo win.
Rhoades and Meeter led the way with 15 kills, and Taylor Hadfield and Kelly Williamson each had 12. Allison Buck added 15 digs, and Mariah Agre had a double-double with 18 assists and 11 digs. The Lobos now return home for a single home match, hosting TCU on Friday night at Johnson Center at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Rhoades joined Meeter, Williamson, and Hadfield with 200-plus kills on the season...the four-match win streak equals a four-match streak from Sept. 14-18 ... UNM's .400 attack percentage was a season-high.