Sept. 19, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team got past UTEP, 3-0 (28-26, 25-12, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2009 Arizona Invitational by Marriott University Park. Senior Anna Lehne and junior Taylor Hadfield recorded nine kills each for the Lobos, followed by sophomores Ashley Rhoades and Kelly Williamson with seven each to spread out the UNM offense.
It looked like UTEP was going to beat the Lobos handily in the first set with a 19-12 lead. But the Lobos battled back behind big blocks by Lehne and Jade Michaelsen, and Williamson, and timely Miner errors. Williamson tied the match at 22-22 with a big kill, followed by a kill by Hadfield to tie the set at 23-23. Rhoades gave UNM its first lead of the set 24-23 on a kill. The teams went back and forth to 26-26, before kills by Michaelsen and Lehne gave the Lobos the 28-26 win.
The second set started much the same way with UTEP taking a 6-2 lead. UNM went on a 7-1 run to take a 9-7 lead. The Lobos built up to a 15-11 lead, before doubling up UTEP, 22-11. After a kill by UTEP, 22-12, Rhoades sandwiched a Hadfield kill with two of her own to win the set 25-12 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
New Mexico started the third set with a 9-3 lead behind the service of Tucson native Michaelsen and a big triple block by Williamson, Hadfield and Allie Suiter. Costly errors by the Lobos allowed the Miners to get back in the set and take the lead on an 8-1 run, 11-10. UTEP took a 14-11 lead before a service error and back-to-back kills by Lehne tied the set at 14-14. The Miners continued to give UNM fits, taking a 22-19 lead. The Lobos buckled down with a kill by Hadfield, a double block by Lehne and Hadfield and a kill by Lisa Meeter to tie the set at 22-22. UNM took the lead, 24-23 on a Hadfield kill, then Hadfield went back to serve an ace to win the set, 25-23, and match, 3-0.
Michaelsen recorded 30 assists and 10 digs, while Allison Buck had 14 digs for the Lobos.
The Lobos (8-2) will face No. 21 Arizona (9-0) at 8 p.m. (MT) in McKale Center.