Sept. 20, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Although the New Mexico volleyball team came away winless from this weekend's Albuquerque Marriott Lobo Volleyball Tournament, the Lobos make great strides after competing against three quality teams. The Lobos (3-9) won game three in their final match of the tournament Saturday night (Sept. 20) against Sacramento State - who participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament - but eventually fell to the Hornets, 3-1 (24-30, 24-30, 32-30, 30-19).
The Ohio Bobcats (9-3), a team receiving votes in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, claimed the tournament championship with a perfect 3-0 record. The Bobcats swept Kentucky (8-4) in the last session to win the title. Laura Hageman of Ohio was named the tournament MVP. The Lobos fell to Ohio in four games in the first session of the day.
"I felt like we broke new ground this weekend," said UNM head coach Kelley Sliva McKee. "We played significantly better - the best volleyball of the year - against three quality teams. Moving Monica Meihack to the libero helped us get into a flow offensively."
Therkelsen recorded a career-high 13 kills against Ohio and 29 for the weekend. Meihack tallied a career-high 19 digs vs. Sacramento State.
"Kelly brought some much-needed balance to the offense," said Sliva McKee. "Our setter, Lindsay Smith, was really getting the ball to her in good spots. Monica proved herself all weekend and was rewarded after being named the top libero of the tournament."
After falling by a score of 30-24 in the first two games, UNM held off the Hornets (7-6) in game three, 32-30. The Lobos hit .308 in the game and limited Sacramento State to a .262 percentage. The Hornets rallied to take game four, 30-19.
Freshman Lauren Dunsmoor (Westminster, Colo.) recorded her first career double-double with 14 digs and 10 kills. Chelsea Sondrup (So., Lindon, Utah) led UNM with 13 kills to go along with four blocks.
The Lobos return to action Monday night (Sept. 22) to face New Mexico State at 7 p.m. in Johnson Arena.
ALBUQUERQUE MARRIOTT LOBO VOLLEYBALL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
MVP - Laura Hageman (Ohio) Lindsay Judice (Ohio) Briana Adamovsky (Ohio) Lisa Beachene (Sacramento State) Emily Wilson (Sacramento State) Sissy Canfield (Kentucky) Kelly Therkelsen (New Mexico) Libero - Monica Meihack (New Mexico)