Sept. 29, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman Rose Morris, sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch and senior Kelly Therkelsen sparked the Lobo volleyball team (6-9, 2-2 MWC) to its second straight Mountain West Conference win in front of 785 roaring fans at Johnson Center tonight. Morris put down a career-high 14 kills, Kwasigroch notched a double-double with 47 assists and 14 digs, and Therkelsen recorded 10 kills in just her second game back from an ankle sprain, leading the team to a 3-0 blanking over San Diego State (6-10, 0-4 MWC).
"We played very steady volleyball," head coach Kelley McKee said. "We kept our composure; we recovered faster when we made mistakes. It's a sign the team is getting better."
New Mexico ended a two-game losing streak to the Aztecs with the victory. The Lobos needed 35 points, the third most ever recorded in the program's history, to win game one (35-33) before winning games two and three by five (30-25).
The Lobos held a 27-21 lead in game one when SDSU started an incredible comeback, tying the match at 29. Even at 33, the Aztecs gave UNM a one-point lead on a service error. Morris clinched the game with her fourth kill.
San Diego State jumped out to a seven-point lead (10-17) in game two. Four straight Lobo kills, including two from Morris, forced the Aztecs to call a timeout. But the UNM momentum was to strong, using a 10-1 run to take the lead (20-18). SDSU pulled within one three times. However, three more kills from Morris and three from Therkelsen sealed the win.
New Mexico soared on the high energy level rocking the gym in game three. The Lobos led the entire game, letting the Aztecs within two points just four times. Sophomore Jeanne Fairchild posted a game-high six kills, hitting .385 (6K-1E-13TA) while Morris added five kills and three blocks.
Morris led the team with her 14 kills while Fairchild added 12 and Therkelsen posted 10. Kwasigroch, who has four of the team's five double-doubles this season, set a season-high for assists with 47. Sophomore Joelle Ingram hit a team-high .350 (9K-2E-20TA) with a team-leading eight blocks. Sophomore Gayle Tripp led the team in digs with 20.
The Lobos return to the court tomorrow night at 7 p.m., taking on UNLV. Tickets are only $2 as Big Oldies 98.5 and 106.3 Talk FM sponsor Jam Johnson.