Oct. 15, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The 25th-ranked New Mexico State Aggies (22-1) completed the season-series sweep of the Lobo volleyball team (6-14, 2-6 MWC) with a 3-0 (16-30, 22-30, 19-30) win. The loss exteneded New Mexico's losing streak to a season-high five matches.
A kill from sophomore Jeanne Fairchild evened game one at 7 but New Mexico State pulled away with 20-7 run. Fairchild put down the final two Lobo points on kills but it wasn't enough to hold off the Aggies, falling 16-30.
The Lobos jumped out to an early five point lead (10-5) in game two but committed five errors to hand the Aggies a one-point lead. Two kills by sophomore Joelle Ingram and one from senior Kelly Therkelsen helped UNM regain a three-point lead (17-14). NMSU rallied back with two kills from Tanya Allen and Kim Oguh, tying the match at 19. From there on, the Aggies outscored the Lobos 11-3, winning 30-22.
Freshman Rose Morris gave New Mexico a 3-0 lead to start game three with a kill and an ace. New Mexico State came back with two blocks to tie the match (3-3). Three ties and two lead changes later, the Aggies ran away from a one-point lead (12-11) on an 18-8 run, clinching the match 30-19.
Fairchild led the Lobos with eight kills while Therkelsen hit .312 (7K-2E-16TA). Sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch hit a team-leading .400 (2K-0E-5TA) and dished out 26 assists with four digs, both team highs. Alice Borden led NMSU with 13 kills, hitting .310 (13K-4E-29TA). Allen hit .714 (10K-0E-14TA) and Oguh hit .800 (9K-1E-10TA).
The Lobos return to action Friday night, hosting Air Force for Lobo Luau, sponsored by the UNM Bookstore. Tickets are just $1 for the 7 p.m. match if you wear a hawaiian print shirt.