Oct. 17, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season against the conference's top team, but still fell to No. 20 Colorado State in three games (30-22, 30-22, 30-27) Friday night (Oct. 17) at Johnson Arena. The Rams extended their winning streak to eight matches and improved to 15-4 (6-0 MWC), while the Lobos fell to 3-16 (0-6 MWC).
Senior Anna Reines (Big Lake, Minn.) put down 12 kills and collected 14.5 points to lead the Lobos while junior Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev.) paced the offense with 23 assists. Chelsea Sondrup (So., Lindon, Utah) stuffed a team-high four blocks and Adah Burke (Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.) was the top defensive player with eight digs.
Becky Sarauer led the Rams with 14 kills and Melissa Courtney chipped in 46 assists.
The Lobos held several leads in the match against the Rams, including a late 20-19 advantage in the third game. UNM led by as many as four points in the game (18-14), but CSU went on a 9-3 run to make it 23-21. The Lobos tied the match at 23 on a Reines service ace, however, the Rams countered with a 7-4 run to close out the game at 30-27.
In the second game, the Lobos hit an impressive .379 against the MWC's stingiest defense - the only problem was that the Rams bested the Lobos with a .459 attack percentage. The game was once again close throughout as both teams traded points to open the game at 9-9. The Rams then slowly built their lead to nine points at 24-15. The Lobos trimmed the CSU advantage to five points at 27-22 on a kill by Meihack, but that's as close as they would get, as CSU rattled off the next three points for the win.
In opening game, UNM surprised the nationally-ranked Rams by scoring the first three points of the match. CSU woke up to take a 10-5 lead, but UNM tied the match at 15. The Rams then built a three-to-four point advantage for most of the game before finishing off the Lobos with a 6-2 run to win 30-22.
New Mexico returns to action tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 18) to face Wyoming at Johnson Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.