Nov. 10, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobo volleyball team sent senior Kelly Therkelsen out on a high note, shutting out TCU, 30-22, 30-27, 30-27. The match, Therkelsen's last at home in her career, improved New Mexico's record to 9-19 overall and 5-10 in the Mountain West Conference, while dropping the Horned Frogs to 17-13 overall and 5-10 in the MWC.
"It was great to keep the train rolling from last weekend's matches," head coach Kelley McKee said. "We gained a tremendous amount of confidence and we took care of business tonight."
Up by just one (13-12) in game one, sophomore Jeanne Fairchild put down two kills and classmate Sarah Kwasigroch dropped in an ace, sending the Lobos on a 4-0 run. Ahead 18-14, Therkelsen notched a kill followed by two aces from sophomore Gayle Tripp, sparking a 5-0 UNM run to secure the win.
New Mexico used small runs in game two to gain an advantage. Tied at 15, the Lobos got two blocks from Fairchild and another ace from Kwasigroch as part of a 4-0 run. Leading 19-17, the Lobos forced three TCU errors and received a kill from freshman Rose Morris for another 4-0 run. The Horned Frogs strung together a run of their own, clawing back from a 23-29 deficit to 27-29 but Fairchild clinched the game with a kill.
In game three, TCU held a 25-21 lead when the Lobos surged back into contention on a 5-0 run thanks to kills from Fairchild and Morris and another ace from Tripp. With the game tied at 27, UNM took the lead on a TCU service error and found itself at match point after a Horned Frog attack error. Morris froze the TCU defense with a monstrous kill, giving UNM its second win in three matches.
Fairchild recorded a match-high 15 kills while Morris had her fifth double-double of the season on 12 kills and 12 digs. Therkelsen hit .333 (7-for-21) with four blocks in her last game at Johnson Center. Kwasigroch finished with 41 assists, seven digs, two blocks and two aces while Tripp had 13 digs and four aces.
For those who couldn't make tonight's match or those who would like to watch it again, it will air on the mtn. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
The Lobos conclude the regular season next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wyoming. After that, they are off to Las Vegas, Nev. for the MWC Tournament, Nov. 22-25.
"Wyoming is an extremely difficult place to play but it will be a great match to end the year on," McKee said. "We are going to have fun this week in practice with our preparation and we need to go in there confident and just battle it out with them."