Nov. 11, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Several Lobos put up career numbers, but the New Mexico volleyball team still lost in a heartbreaker to UNLV Thursday night at the Johnson Center, falling in five games, 19-30, 30-27, 30-28, 26-30, 12-15.
Sophomore Jennifer Heasty recorded a career-high 20 kills to go along with 14 digs in picking up her second double-double of the season. Junior Nicole Ryan put down a season-high and match-high 24 kills, while senior Monica Meihack was one assist shy of her career best with 64 on the night.
Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen stuffed a career-high 10 blocks and also had 12 kills for her first double-double of the season. Junior Chelsea Sondrup had two block solos and three block assists for a total of five blocks on the night to go along with 14 kills and four digs. She now has 307 career blocks, just 19 shy of tying the school record for blocks in a career.
Defensively, Adah Burke led the Lobos (8-16, 2-11 Mountain West) with a match-high 17 digs.
Brittani Lumsden collected 19 kills and 15 digs in leading the Rebels (13-11, 7-6 Mountain West) to victory.
UNLV blasted the Lobos in game one, hitting for a .526 attack percentage and 22 kills in the 30-19 victory. The Lobos stormed back, however, and took the next two games, 30-27 and 30-28, to go up 2-1. UNM hit .333 with 17 kills in winning the third game.
The Rebels ran away with the fourth game, building a seven-point lead at the 28-21 mark. New Mexico cut it to three points at 28-25, but UNLV held on for the 30-26 win.
UNLV led the fifth and deciding game the whole way, quickly building a four-point lead at the 7-3 mark. The Lobos then went on an 8-5 run, and trimmed the margin to one on a Ryan kill that made it 12-11. UNLV scored three of the next four points to claim the game and the match, 15-12.
The Lobos return to action Sunday to face San Diego State on Senior Day at the Johnson Center for the last match of the regular season. The match begins at 1 p.m.