Sept. 26, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a heartbreaking match at home to Texas Tech Monday night by a score of 3-2.
If the Lobos had an Achilles heel, it was their failure to come up with blocks, which was the one area Texas Tech shined in. Texas Tech's Dravon Rangel out blocked the Lobos on her own, recording 14 block assists to UNM's 10. The Lobos also had a number of costly errors that came back to haunt them.
Even with some disparities in their game, the Lobos should have probably still pulled this one out. After losing the first set, the Lobos stormed back to take games two and three, only to lose sets four and five.
"Texas Tech came in and played really well," senior libero Allison Bucksaid. "They are a great team, but we just didn't play very well.
"We just have to work on fighting," Buck added. "We have to have urgency on our side of the court."
Game One: Texas Tech 25, Lobos 19
The Lobos came out of the gates a bit sluggish in the first set. UNM committed 13 errors overall in helping the Red Raiders claim game one. Texas Tech's Amanda Dowdy was particularly impressive, recording six kills for a .455 hitting efficiency. Kelly Williamsonpaced the Lobos with four kills, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lobos in the set.
Game Two: Lobos 25, Texas Tech 20
Chantale Riddle and Ashley Rhoades came to life for the Lobos in the second set. The redshirt freshman and senior recorded four kills apiece to help the Lobos take game two by a score of 25- 20. The Lobos looked much more fluid after their slow start to the match. The team was crisp in its defense, which in turn helped set up some nice scores for the Lobos. Texas Tech made things interesting as the Red Raiders made a comeback in the later portions of the set, but the Lobos were able to hold off the Red Raiders' attack, however, tying the match up at, 1-1.
Game Three: Lobos 25, Texas Tech 23
The third set was back-and-forth between the two teams. It came down to who wanted it more, and that team was the Lobos. Rhoades and Williamson ignited the offense, picking up five and four kills, respectfully. Fellow senior Buck was holding up her end of the bargain as well. By the end of the third set, Buck had 16 kills, which was right on pace with her 5.20 per set average. With the score tied at 23 all, the Lobos needed a boost; that's when the Johnson Center started rocking. With the crowd behind her, Kelly Williamsonbroke the tie with a bullet of a kill. The Lobos finished it from there.
"I think that Allison (Buck) comes out every night and picks up a bunch of digs for us," Williamson said of her teammate. "Her play is very motivating for us."
Game Four: Texas Tech 25, Lobos 20
The Lobos and Red Raiders played the fourth set as closely the third. The match was taking on the persona of a rollercoaster ride. Each team traded leads multiple times late in the match, but the Red Raiders finally took over, scoring six-straight points to take the set 25-20.
Game Five: Texas Tech 15, Lobos 10
The Red Raiders had no plans to make it easy for the Lobos in the fifth set. Coming out of the break, the Lobos trailed Texas Tech, 7-8. UNM needed something big to happen; otherwise it looked like they might fall to 1-3 in five set matches on the season. Unfortunately that big something never came and the Lobos fell to the Red Raiders, 15-10, in the final set and 2-3 in the match.