Oct. 7, 2007
PROVO, Utah --- After one of the tightest matches of the season the night before against Utah, the University of New Mexico volleyball team came out determined against No. 23 BYU. The Lobos beat BYU, 22-30, 30-26, 30-24, 30-25. It was the first time UNM (13-5, 4-2 MWC) has won in Provo since Oct. 13, 1995.
"We made some adjustments to the lineup tonight to see if we could get some momentum," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "I thought Sarah (Kwasigroch) did a great job tonight playing right back instead of setting, serving tough and scoring points for us all night. Anna Lehne had an unbelievable night, blocking and hitting. She really got after it. It was great to see her break out and have a match that she is capable of. It was a great team effort every one contributed."
Game One belonged to BYU as the teams battled early, but the Cougars were able to build a 17-12 lead. New Mexico closed to within two on a service ace by junior Gayle Tripp, 17-15. BYU kept the Lobos from getting any closer, taking the win, 30-22.
Game Two started the same way with the teams exchanging points until BYU took an 11-9 lead. The Lobos battled, taking the lead for good at 19-18 on a service error by the Cougars. Junior Jeanne Fairchild had a kill to give the Lobos their biggest lead at 28-23. The Lobos held on to win, 30-26.
Game Three looked like it was going to go to the Cougars at 20-16. Three big block assists by Anna Lehne, while Sarah Kawsigroch held serve on a UNM 7-0 run, gave the Lobos a 26-21 lead. Lehne recorded one of her 11 kills to get the Lobos to 28-24. The Lobos forced two BYU attack errors to win, 30-24.
Game Four was all Lobos. UNM jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. BYU challenged evening the score at 14, but a service error gave UNM the lead, 15-14. Tripp held serve as the Lobos built an 18-14 lead, starting with a service ace. BYU closed the gap again on a service at 21-21. Lehne came up with a big kill to give UNM the lead again, 22-21. A service ace by Kerri Beck got the lead to 29-24 and Lisa Meeter capped her 11th double-double of the season with the match-winning kill.
"Kelsi (Phillips) stepped in at libero and really passed well. Gayle (Tripp) battled as well. Lisa (Meeter) struggled after Game One, but really came back and turned it on for a fantastic match. Jade (Michaelsen) set the ball well, really moving the ball around. We just kept the pressure on all night and executed really well."
Meeter led the Lobos with 14 kills and 15 digs, and pitched in with three blocks. Lehne had an exceptional night hitting errorless ball for .688 percentage and 11 kills. Michaelsen recorded her first double-double of the season with 38 assists and 11 digs. Fairchild, still hampered by a foot injury, came away with 13 kills.
The Lobos return to action at the Johnson Center on Friday, Oct. 12, against San Diego State. Match time is set for 7 p.m. It will be Lobo League Night and Junior Lobo Club Night.
New Mexico def. BYU Cougars 22-30, 30-26, 30-24, 30-25
New Mexico (13-5, 4-2 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Meeter, Lisa 14-1-3; Fairchild, Jeanne 13-0-5; Lehne, Anna 11-0-6; Michaelsen, Jade 7-0-4; Hadfield, Taylor 6-0-1; Suiter, Allie 2-0-2; Beck, Kerri 2-2-4; Kwasigroch, Sarah 0-1-0; Tripp, Gayle 0-2-0; Totals 55-6-13.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 38. (Dig leaders) - Meeter, Lisa 15; Michaelsen, Jade 11; Phillips, Kelsi 11
BYU Cougars (11-5, 4-3 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - DYER, Rachel 17-1-4; GOODMAN, Chelsea 16-2-1; LOTT, Erica 12-0-4; PORTER, Bryn 9-1-3; HANSEN, Ashton 7-0-4; ROGERS, Kiana 3-1-1; SCHLAUDER, Amy 0-0-1; Totals 64-5-9.5. (Assists) - ROGERS, Kiana 31; SCHLAUDER, Amy 25. (Dig leaders) - LOTT, Erica 13; PINEGAR, Annie 12; GOODMAN, Chelsea 12