Sept. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team (6-0) may have beaten Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22), in the first round of the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge but the Lobos were in a battle all afternoon.
Junior Lisa Meeter served the Lobos to 5-0 and 6-0 starts in the first two sets, keeping the Titans (6-2) at bay to 25-19 and 25-17 wins.
But things reversed in the third set as UNM had to battle back the whole set for the match win. CS Fullerton took advantage of Lobo reception and attack errors to take a 6-2 lead. Rose Morris held serve and a big kill by Ashley Rhoades put the teams in a 9-9 tie. The Titans got the serve back on a kill by Erin Saddler and libero Cami Croteau held service for CSF for an 18-9 Titan lead.
A kill by junior Taylor Hadfield, 18-10, stopped the Titan run and led into a 13-1 run by the Lobos to take their first lead of the third set at 20-19. Five kills by senior Anna Lehne, service runs by sophomore Amy Wong and Meeter, along with six consecutive CSF attack errors, were the main players during that stretch. Senior Rose Morris ended the match with the last of her nine kills in the match, 25-22.
Lehne lead the Lobos with 10 kills and seven blocks, including one solo block that places her just one away from the UNM career solo blocks Top 10 list. Setter Jade Michaelsen had 32 assists and 10 digs in the match, while libero Allison Buck had 11 digs to lead the back row defense.
Earlier in the day, Baylor improved to 9-0 on the season with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-18) win over Pittsburgh (5-4).
The second round of action begins with Cal State Fullerton vs. Pittsburgh at 5:15 p.m. on Friday night, followed by the battle of the undefeated, New Mexico and Baylor at 7:30 p.m.