Oct. 3, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team was primed for an upset of No. 22 Utah Saturday night up two games to one, but the Utes rallied back to win the final two games and topped the Lobos in five games, 21-30, 30-27, 30-27, 28-30, 8-15. Despite the loss, the Lobos played one of their best matches of the season against a nationally-ranked opponent, and had a block party at Utah's expense. UNM set a school record with 43 block assists in the match, crushing the old mark of 33. Junior Chelsea Sondrup recorded 10 block assists on the night to become the all-time leader in New Mexico history with 254 career block assists.
Several other Lobos put up impressive blocking numbers. Sophomore Jennifer Heasty had a career-high 11 blocks, while freshman Samie Weber also put down a season-high 11 (one solo, 10 assists). Senior Monica Meihack and junior Nicole Ryan each recorded five blocks. As a team, the Lobos had a total of 22.5 blocks (one solo, 43 assists).
The Lobos fell in the first game, 30-21, but bounced back with a 30-27 win in game two. Ryan, who had a team-high 21 kills in the match, tallied seven in the second game.
UNM started to pick up the pressure at the net in the third match with eight team blocks. The Lobos led most of the game, and after Utah tied it at 20, the Lobos held off the Ute attack and remained in front the rest of the game in the 30-27 win.
Utah jumped out to a quick 7-2 advantage in the fourth game, but the Lobos stormed back and went on a 16-6 run to go up 18-13. The Lobos appeared to be in control of the match and on the path to the upset. But the five-point lead was as large of a cushion the Lobos could build, and the Utes slowly crept back and tied the game at 24. From there, the teams traded points until it was tied again at 28. Utah ended the game on kills by Lyndsey Henderson and Kelsie Kartchner to win 30-28.
In the fifth and deciding game, the potent Ute offense came to life, racking up six kills for a .333 attack percentage in the 15-8 victory. The stingy Lobo defense that blocked Utah all match was held blockless in the fifth game.
New Mexico returns to action Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. to face New Mexico State in Las Cruces.