Oct. 6, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior Kelly Therkelsen posted the two blocks needed to bring her career total to 300, making her just the fifth Lobo to achieve that number in the program's history, but it wasn't enough to upset No. 16 Utah. The Utes, who won their 12th straight match, shut out New Mexico (6-11, 2-4 MWC), improving to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the Mountain West.
Utah notched the first point of the match but UNM stuck with them, trading points before taking a 4-3 lead on a kill from sophomore Joelle Ingram. The Utes rallied with a 7-0 run that was finally broken on another kill from Ingram, who touched the ball down in a gaping whole in the front right side of the court. Utah responded with 5-1 run en route to the 30-15 victory.
The Utes carried the same intensity into game two, charging out to a 14-3 lead. Freshman Rose Morris and sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch strung together a mini 3-0 run, each recording a kill and Kwasigroch teamed with Ingram for a block. Utah recovered quickly, showing why it is undefeated at home this season, going on to a 30-13 win.
Trailing 8-4 in game three, Morris put down three consecutive kills, sparking an 8-1 run to grab a three-point lead (12-9). The Lobos beefed up their defense, causing five Utah errors, recording two straight blocks on the end of a 6-3 run that extended their lead to 18-12. Utah refused to be defeated, racing back on a 9-3 run, tying the match at 21. Last year's MWC Freshman of the Year, Airial Salvo, forced down two kills to break the tie and give Utah the advantage it needed to hold on for the 30-27 win.
Besides Therkelsen's two blocks, she led the team in kills with eight. Morris and Ingram added seven. Ingram, who hit a team-high .353 (7K-1E-17TA), tied Therkelsen with a team-leading two blocks. Morris posted a team-high 13 digs, a personal best.
Utah, which hit .305 as a team, was led by Salvo and Kathryn Lovell's 11 kills. Whitney Webb chipped in with 10.
The Lobos return to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah, taking on BYU. The Cougars (13-2, 4-1 MWC prior to tonight's contest vs. TCU) have won 22 straight vs. New Mexico.