Nov. 18, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Eighth-ranked and second-seeded Colorado State defeated the seventh-seeded New Mexico volleyball team in three games, 21-30, 16-30, 20-30, before 1,350 in the first round of the Mountain West Volleyball Championship Thursday night at Moby Arena. The Lobos finish the 2004 campaign with a 9-17 record.
CSU (23-3), the host team in the tournament, hit an impressive .351 in the match while limiting the Lobos to a .093 attack percentage. Sophomore Kelly Therkelsen hit a team-best .429 with eight kills to go along with five digs and three blocks. Junior Nicole Ryan put down seven kills and three blocks.
Junior Chelsea Sondrup recorded three blocks in the match, giving her 313 for her career, which ties Robyn Wentworth for third best on the all-time charts at UNM.
Senior Monica Meihack, playing in her last match in the Cherry & Silver, dished out 24 assists. She closes out her career sixth all-time in the school record books with 2,840 assists.
The Lobos started strong against the Rams in game one, taking the first four points of the game. The Rams came back to tie it at 9, but a Therkelsen kill gave the Lobos the lead once again at 10-9. During the middle portion of the game, the Rams held a slim 1-2 point edge, and the Lobos only trailed by one at the 18-17 mark. But the Rams then rattled off 12 of the next 16 points to take the game going away, 30-21. Therkelsen led the Lobos with three kills in the game.
Unlike the first game where the Lobos quickly grabbed the lead, CSU led the entire second game. The Lobos trailed by five points at 10-5, but the Rams went up by 10 at 17-7. UNM cut it to seven at 18-11, but the Ram offense put the game out of reach with a 7-1 run that made it 25-12. CSU, who hit .500 in the game with 15 kills and only three errors, went on to win the game, 30-16, and took a 2-0 games lead into intermission. Ryan had three kills and no errors with two blocks in the second game to lead the Lobos.
New Mexico hung tight in the third game, and after trailing by 2-3 points for the first half of the game, tied the match at 14 on a Therkelsen kill. That's as close as the Lobos would get, however, as the Rams closed the game on a 16-6 run in claiming the game and the match, 30-20.