Sept. 4, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 26-24) win over American University in their first round match of the Nike Portland Invitational. Juniors Lisa Meeter and Taylor Hadfield had 10 kills each for the Lobos.
The first set started off relatively easily with the Lobos taking an 11-5 lead on the serving of sophomore Amy Wong. Wong had her two aces of the match during that stretch. Sophomore Ashley Rhoades put down two of her four kills in the set to seal the 25-15 win.
In the second set, New Mexico started off with a 7-1 lead, but American battled to a 9-9 tie. The teams went back and forth with the Eagles at match point, 24-22. UNM benefitted from an Eagle error and back-to-back aces by sophomore Allison Buck to take the lead 25-24. Sophomore Kelly Williamson put down a big kill for the Lobo win, 26-24.
The teams battled back and forth in the third set, again. UNM held the biggest lead of four on two occasions, 17-13 on an ace by Meeter and 20-16 on a triple block by Williamson, Hadfield and senior Allie Suiter. The battle continued with American tying the set at 24 on an ace. After a UNM timeout, seniors Anna Lehne and Allie Suiter put down two big kills for the win, 26-24.
The Lobos return to action on Saturday night, Sept. 5, against host Portland at 8 p.m. (MT) in the last match of the Nike Portland Invitational.