Oct. 21, 2003
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico volleyball team came close to pulling off an upset over intrastate rival New Mexico State, but lost in five games (14-30, 30-28, 23-30, 30-27, 7-15) before a crowd of 1,835 Tuesday night (Oct. 21) at the Pan American Center. The Aggies extended their school-record winning streak to 13 matches and improved to 19-4 for the season, while New Mexico fell to 3-18.
Several Lobos put up career numbers in the five-game, two-hour match. Senior Anna Reines (Big Lake, Minn.) collected 16 kills and a career-high four block solos to go along with eight digs. Sophomore Chelsea Sondrup (Lindon, Utah) produced UNM's third double-double of the season and established new career marks with 14 kills and 12 digs. Defensively, junior Adah Burke (Las Cruces, N.M.) and freshman Lindsay Smith (Bakersfield, Calif.) set personal bests with 23 and 10 digs, respectively. Junior Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev.) paced the offense with 45 assists.
New Mexico also set season-highs for block solos (five), digs (65) and total attempts (180).
Trinia Cuseo led NMSU with 17 kills while Morgan Reader tallied 53 assists and Jackie Godber had 27 digs.
The Aggies dominated game one, holding UNM to a .053 hitting percentage (11-9-38) while hitting .452 (16-2-31) and committing just two errors
In game two, the Aggies took an early lead, but the Lobos came back with an 11-4 run to take the lead at 21-18. The Aggies would regain the lead but falter down the stretch, losing seven of the last 10 points.
In game three, UNM and NMSU traded the first few points with the game tied at 8, but the Aggies pulled away for the 30-23 win.
In game four, the Aggies and Lobos once again traded points, with no team taking advantage of the other's mistakes. The Lobos' largest lead in the game was at 17-12 before going on to force a fifth and final game with a 30-27 game four win.
In game five, the Aggies and Lobos kept the final game close before the Aggies exploded on a 11-3 run end the match.
New Mexico returns to action Friday, Oct. 25 against Air Force at Johnson Arena beginning at 7 p.m.