Oct. 8, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Several Lobos turned in impressive all-around performances in helping the New Mexico volleyball team sweep past Air Force in three games, 30-25, 31-29, 30-23, Friday night at the Cadet East Gym. UNM earned its first Mountain West Conference win of the season in improving to 7-9 (1-4 Mountain West) for the year, while the Falcons remain winless in MWC play (4-11, 0-5 MWC).
Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen led the UNM offense with 13 kills and only hit two errors for a career-high .524 attack percentage. Junior Nicole Ryan hit .368 with eight kills and just one error, and also collected nine digs and two blocks. Senior Monica Meihack dished out 36 assists and had eight digs and senior Adah Burke led the defense with 12 digs. Freshman Samie Weber continued her presence on the front line with seven kills and three blocks.
The Lobos led for most of the evening throughout the three games. In the first game, Air Force scored the first point, but after the Lobos quickly tied it at 1, UNM led the remainder of the match. Jennifer Heasty, who collected nine kills in the match and hit a season high .375, put down five in the first game without committing a single error. Therkelsen had four kills in the first game as the Lobos won, 30-25.
The second game was the closest of the match, and the Lobos had to rally late to pull out the 31-29 win. Air Force led the game, which featured seven ties and seven lead changes, 29-28, and was serving for the win. A service error by the Falcons tied the game at 29 apiece, and the Lobos responded to the miscue with a service ace by Ryan and a kill by Chelsea Sondrup to win the game, 31-29.
UNM dominated the third game, leading the entire way en route to the 30-23 victory. The Lobos ended the game on a 15-8 run in putting the Falcons away.
The New Mexico volleyball team will return to action Friday, Oct. 15 with a match at San Diego State, beginning at 8 p.m. MT.