Oct. 31, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team exorcised a 2009 demon on Halloween Saturday in San Diego. For the first time this season, the Lobos won a match in which they lost the first set, beating San Diego State, 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22). Junior Lisa Meeter had a season-high 19 kills for the Lobos, as they improve to 16-8 overall and 7-5 in Mountain West Conference action.
San Diego State (10-12, 4-7 MWC) held the lead for the whole first set until UNM tied the score at 23 and 24. The Aztecs finished the set off, 26-24.
UNM never trailed in the second set. After tying at 3-3, the Lobos built a 9-4 lead behind some solid kills by Meeter, Rose Morris and Taylor Hadfield. The Aztecs closed to within two at 16-14, but UNM pushed the lead back to a six-point spread on a double block by Meeter and Anna Lehne, 21-15. UNM held the lead to win 25-19 and put the teams even going into intermission.
The Aztecs put down some big kills to start the third set with a 5-3 lead. Hadfield tied the score at 5-5 with a kill, followed by UNM taking the lead, 6-5 on a SDSU error. The Lobos got the third set lead up to four, 15-11, but SDSU fought back to within one, 15-14. A block by Hadfield and Allie Suiter put the ball back in UNM's hands, 16-14. The Lobos went on to out-score SDSU, 9-4 down the stretch to win 25-18 and go up 2-1.
New Mexico jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the fourth set, led by three Meeter kills and a service ace by Hadfield. The teams swapped points until SDSU started to chip away at the UNM lead, closing it to one at 20-19 and 21-20. Aztec errors put UNM up 23-20. Lehne put away two kills to seal the Lobo win, 25-22.
Meeter ended up with a double-double, adding 10 digs to her 19 kills. Three other Lobos recorded double-digit kills - Hadfield with 14, Lehne with 12 and Morris with 10. Allison Buck led the back row defense with 18 digs, while setter Jade Michaelsen had 52 assists.
The Lobos wrap up the home portion of the 2009 season this week when Utah and BYU come to the Johnson Center. Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. against Utah is the Lobos' Think Pink Night to raise breast cancer awareness. Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. BYU is Senior Night at 7 p.m.