Sept. 10, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's volleyball team had a good Friday in the first and second rounds of the Comcast Lobo Challenge. The Lobos bounced back from a four-match losing streak with 3-1 wins over Sacramento State and SMU at the Johnson Center. Four Lobos scored double-digit kills in both matches, while senior setter Jade Michaelsen took over second place on the UNM career assists list during the day. UNM improved to 4-4 on the season with the wins.
In the first match of the day, UNM beat Sacramento State, 3-1. Kelly Williamson, Taylor Hadfield, Ashley Rhoades and Lisa Meeter recorded double digit kills and Michaelsen had 48 assists to move into second place on the UNM career assists list. Michaelsen needed 17 to move into second place at the start of the day. With her 46 assists against SMU, Michaelsen has 3,361 career assists. She needs 434 assists to take over first place from former Lobo Janelle Torres (1996-99) with 3,794.
The teams stayed close in the first set until the Lobos went on a 6-0 run from 5-6 to 11-6, gradually increasing their lead to the final 25-16.
The second set was much closer even though UNM started off 4-0. The Hornets went on a 6-0 run to tie the set and take a two-point lead, 6-4. Sac State hung on to the lead until UNM tied it up at 16-16. A service ace by Michaelsen and two errors by the Hornets gave UNM a 19-16 lead. Sac State kept buzzing around, but the Lobos won the set 25-23 on a big double block by Michaelsen and Rhoades.
Sac State came out of the intermission on a tear and used several big runs in the third set to force an extra set, 25-21.
Whatever Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson said in the changeover from third to fourth set worked as UNM buckled down and swatted the Hornets away, 25-14.
Williamson led the offense with 16 kills while Hadfield had 15, Rhoades had 11 and Meeter had 10. Meeter recorded her third double-double in a row with 10 digs to compliment the 10 kills. Michaelsen also had a double-double with 13 digs. Allison Buck led the back row defense with 18 kills, while Rhoades led the front with six blocks.
Against SMU, the same four Lobos picked up double-digit kills with Meeter leading the way with 16, followed by Williamson and Hadfield with 14 each and Rhoades with 10. Hadfield picked up the double-double with a career-high 24 digs; her previous high was seven. Buck also recorded a career-high with 22 digs.
It looked like SMU was going to stay at just one loss on the season, when they jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start the match. But UNM battled back, tying the set at 11-11 on a Williamson kill. For the rest of the set, neither team could get a lead larger than two with SMU taking the first, 25-23.
After SMU scored the first point in the second set, it was all Lobos. UNM went on a 9-2 run and kept pounding away at the Mustangs to a 25-11 romp that ended with a Meeter kill.
The Lobos took the lead early in the third set, 4-1, but SMU fought back. The Mustangs tied the set at 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 before a Hadfield kill, an SMU error and a Meeter ace gave UNM a 21-18 lead. UNM held on to win the set 25-20 and lead the match 2-1.
In the fourth set, the teams scrapped back and forth to a 7-7 tie before an 8-3 run put UNM up 15-10. The Lobos held on to the lead for a 25-17 win on a Michaelsen kill.
The Comcast Lobo Challenge continues on Saturday, Sept. 11 with SMU vs. Sacramento State at 12 p.m., followed by New Mexico against UC Santa Barbara at 2:30 p.m. at the Johnson Center.