Sept. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a tough five-set match to the Baylor Bears on Friday night, but also showed why the Johnson Center is becoming a tougher environment for opposing teams. The Lobos (6-1) lost their first match of the season, 3-2 (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12) in the second round of the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge. The Johnson Center crowd of 1,911 was the largest of the season and put UNM's streak of 2009 home crowds of 1,000+ at five consecutive.
The Lobos looked sluggish in the first set as Baylor (10-0; receiving votes in this week's coaches poll) put the set away, 25-13.
UNM battled back in the second set, never allowing Baylor to take more than a one-point lead while the Bears didn't let the Lobos ahead by more than two points throughout the set. There were 14 ties and five lead changes in the set before UNM prevailed, 26-24.
Things stayed close in the third set as well with the teams tied at 18, before Baylor took off to a 25-20 win.
It looked like the Lobos were going to take off in the fourth set as Lisa Meeter held serve for a 6-0 start. Rose Morris picked up two of her career-high 20 kills during the run. The Bears started to get back in the set and closed to within five at 20-15. But the Lobos held Baylor off, 25-20, to even the match at 2-2.
New Mexico was poised to take the fifth set, building an 8-5 lead at the turn. But Baylor buckled down at tied the set at 11-11. The Bears went on a 4-1 run behind three big kills by Anna Breyfogle to win the set, 15-12.
Earlier in the evening Cal State Fullerton beat Pittsburgh, 3- 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-22).
The final round of the 2009 Comcast Lobo Challenge will be Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, starting off with the Lobos vs. Pittsburgh at 1:30 p.m. Baylor will play for sole possession of the tournament title at 3:45 p.m. against Cal State Fullerton.