Sept. 18, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team moved one step closer to claiming the Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Classic with a four-game victory over UTEP, 36-38, 30-26, 30-23, 30-27, Saturday afternoon at the Johnson Center. The Lobos, now 2-0 in the tournament, can win the Marriott title with a victory over Weber State Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. In the first match of the day, Weber State defeated Hartford in four games (30-19, 28-30, 31-29, 30-10).
For the second straight match, UNM (5-4) was on fire offensively, hitting at .362 clip with 68 kills. Junior Nicole Ryan led the way for the Lobos with a season-high 18 kills to go along with eight digs and six blocks. Freshman Samie Weber hit for a .636 attack percentage (14K-0E-22TA) with four blocks, sophomore Kelly Therkelsen had 14 kills and eight digs, and junior Chelsea Sondrup put down 12 kills and three blocks. Senior Monica Meihack paced the offense, dishing out 55 assists.
Defensively, the Lobos limited the Miners (4-3) to a .201 attack percentage while outblocking them 8.5 to 1. Senior Adah Burke registered a career-high 28 digs, which is sixth all-time in UNM history for digs in a single match.
If the Lobos defeat Weber State (1-9), UNM will capture the four-team tournament with an undefeated record. Prior to the UNM-Weber State match, Hartford (3-7) will play UTEP at 5 p.m.