Sept. 30, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Four different Lobos hit in double-figures and two recorded double-doubles but it wasn't enough as the UNLV Rebels (12-5, 3-2 MWC) slipped past New Mexico (6-10, 2-3 MWC) 3-2 (30-27, 28-30, 28-30, 30-28, 9-15).
Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild put down a team and career-high 19 kills, freshman Rose Morris added a career-high 14 kills, senior Kelly Therkelsen chipped in with 13 kills as did freshman Allison Suiter, which was also a career-high. Morris notched a double-double with 10 kills along with sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch, who produced 63 assists and 12 digs for her second straight double-double game.
Therkelsen and Suiter blocked UNLV's attack to break a 10-10 score in game one and spark an 8-2 run. The Rebels chipped their way back into the game, forcing UNM to call a timeout with just a two point lead (23-21). Suiter slammed down a kill out of the time out and forced an attack error on her serve, pushing the lead to four, turning the table on the Rebels and getting them to call a time out. UNLV responded, pulling within one (27-26) but then committed two errors, sending UNM to the win.
UNLV consistently held a four to five point lead throughout game two until the very end when two aces from sophomore Gayle Tripp opened the door for the Lobos. Two kills from Fairchild pulled the Lobos within one (28-29) but a costly attack error by Morris gave the Rebels the game.
Game three was extremely tight in the first half, seeing nine ties and nine lead changes. A 5-0 UNLV run broke a 17-17 tie, breaking the Lobos spirits. Head coach Kelley McKee recognized it and immediately sent in Therkelsen to rally the troops. It worked and the Lobos churned out an 8-4 run to pull within one (26-27). Despite a block from Kwasigroch and sophomore Joelle Ingram, UNLV connected on three kills to claim the contest.
Game four was even closer than game three, with neither team ever holding more than a three point lead. Tied at 28, UNLV cracked under the pressure put on by the boisterous 812 fans in attendance, committing two errors to hand UNM the game.
The team traded points to 5 in game five before the Rebels strung together a 4-0 run. A kill from Fairchild and a block from Therkelsen and Suiter cut the deficit in half but it wasn't enough as UNLV produced a 5-1 run to clinch the match.
The Lobos arguably face their toughest weekend next, visiting No. 16 BYU and No. 18 Utah. New Mexico plays at Salt Lake City on Friday at 6 p.m. and at Provo on Saturday at 7 p.m.