Aug. 28, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Senior Taylor Hadfield and junior Kelly Williamson led the University of New Mexico volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Tulane on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic. The Lobos moved to 2-0 on the season with the 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 victory. UNM will face No. 4 Stanford in the championship match on Sunday at 2 p.m. Earlier in the day, the Cardinal beat Pepperdine, 3-1. Pepperdine and Tulane will face off for third place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the Johnson Center.
The Lobos jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, before the Green Wave settled down and outscored UNM 12-8 to tie the score at 13-13. Junior Ashley Rhoades put down two kills to get the Lobos back in the lead, 15-13. Tulane could not tie the set up again. The teams swapped attack errors late in the set before Rhoades slammed her fourth kill of the set for the win, 25-20.
The second set started out much the same way with UNM jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The closest Tulane would get was within three points several times late in the set, 21-18. Kills by Williamson and Hadfield sealed the set win, 25-18.
After the intermission, Tulane did not allow the Lobos to jump out to a big lead and battled throughout the start of the third set. The Green Wave took the lead several times before UNM took the lead for good at 12-11 on a service ace by Hadfield. UNM gradually pulled away, finishing with the 25-20 win.
In addition to her season-high 13 kills, Hadfield led the Lobos with three service aces. Williamson ended up with 10 kills on the afternoon. Rhoades led the front row defense with six total blocks, while junior libero Allison Buck led the back row with 14 digs. Setter Jade Michaelsen dished out 29 assists on the afternoon.
"I thought we did a good job at both middle positions," said UNM head coach Jeff Nelson. "Ashley's six blocks was fantastic in three games. Taylor not only lead the match in hitting, but her serving was great as well. We got a ton of points on her serving rotation."