Oct. 22, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A season-high crowd of 1,015 attended Jam Johnson Friday night, but the New Mexico volleyball team still came up short against No. 9 Colorado State in three games, 27-30, 21-30, 15-30. The Lobos now stand at 7-13 (1-8 Mountain West) for the season, while the Rams improve to 15-2 (7-1 MWC).
UNM fell victim to a balanced Ram offensive attack. CSU hit .336 for the match and featured three players in double-digits in points, including Tess Rogers, who collected a match-high 17.
Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen led the Lobos with 10 kills, while juniors Nicole Ryan and Chelsea Sondrup each tallied eight. Sondrup hit an impressive .545 (8K-2E-11TA) for the match. Freshman Samie Weber again led the Lobos at the net with seven blocks, upping her team-leading total to 92 for the season.
New Mexico battled Colorado State in game one. After tying the game at 11, the Lobos went on a 6-1 run to go up five points at the 17-12 mark. The Rams cut the margin to one point at 19-18, but the Lobos remained in front until CSU finally took the lead at 22-21. UNM kept it close the rest of the game, but couldn't regain the lead as the Rams went on to win, 30-27.
The Rams jumped out in front early in game two, and quickly built a 7-2 advantage. The Lobos trimmed it to three points at 10-7, however, the Rams rattled off 19 of the next 28 points to take a 13-point lead at 29-16. UNM made things interesting by capturing five straight points at the end of the game, but it was too little too late as CSU claimed the game, 30-21.
Game three belonged to Colorado State, as the Rams pounded 19 kills for a .500 attack percentage in the 30-15 victory. The Lobos kept it close early, and only trailed by two points at the 6-4 mark. CSU's offensive machine took over after that point and cruised to the 15-point win in the third and final game.
The New Mexico volleyball team returns to action next weekend to face No. 14 Utah and BYU on the road. UNM will face Utah in Salt Lake City Friday, Oct. 29 before taking on BYU in Provo Saturday, Oct. 30.