Oct. 15, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of New Mexico volleyball team went into Laramie, Wyo., with the hopes of picking up a conference win, but those hopes were snatched away as the Lobos were downed by Wyoming, 3-0.
The loss is just another dose of disappointment for the Lobos in a season that has been filled with frustration thus far. UNM was picked to finish second in the Mountain West in the preseason coaches' poll, but the Lobos have struggled to find their rhythm. Their 10-9 record (3-4, MW) does not come close to reflecting the talent of the team. .
UNM has to get in a groove soon because eight of their next nine matches are against conference opponents.
Game One: Wyoming 25, Lobos 20
The Lobos and Cowgirls traded points throughout the set until Wyoming jumped ahead, 20-17. Once the Cowgirls took the lead, Lobo Head Coach Jeff Nelson called a timeout to rally the troops. UNM responded by scoring two-straight points, but couldn't keep Wyoming at bay as the Cowgirls took the set, 25-20. Elsa Krieg led the Lobos in kills with five and Chantale Riddle led in digs with six. One stat that stuck out was team hitting percentage. Wyoming wound up outhitting the Lobos .333 to .116.
Game Two: Wyoming 25, Lobos 18
The Lobos continued to have the same problems in the second set. After keeping things close in the beginning of game two, the Lobos fell as far behind as, 21-14, to Wyoming. Nelson had to call a pair of timeouts during the stretch in which Wyoming took its seven point lead. UNM never recovered, losing the set, 25-18. Again the difference was team hitting. After two sets, the Lobos had 17 hitting errors compared to just three from Wyoming. The Cowgirls had three athletes with hitting percentages of .500 or better (Jodi Purdy, Erin Kirby and Reese Plante). Krieg was still the only Lobo doing much of anything offensively. The true freshman had ten kills and was hitting .533 at the end of game two.
Game Three: Wyoming 25, Lobos 21
UNM failed to find any chemistry in the third set. The Lobos couldn't overcome their hitting deficiencies and couldn't stop Wyoming from scoring at will. Wyoming took the set, 25-, and the match, 3-0. Krieg was the diamond in the rough for the Lobos. She set a new career-high in kills with 15 and finished the match hitting .522. .
The Lobos fall to 10-9 and 3-4 in the MW with the loss. Next up, UNM travels to Texas to take on TCU at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 and Texas-Pan American at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23.