Sept. 21, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team ended a 10-match losing streak to Wyoming this evening, beating the Cowgirls, 30-27, 30-25, 34-32. The Lobos improve to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action.
"I held off calling a timeout late in Game Two because I wanted the players to work through it and have one of them step up and just say `give me the ball'," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "Obviously I'm glad that we won, won in three, and against a team that the school hasn't beaten in a while."
In Game One both teams battled through sloppy attacks with neither team giving up more than a two-point advantage. Junior outside hitter Jeanne Fairchild gave the Lobos their first three-point lead at 25-22 on a kill. Wyoming closed to within one at 26-25, but New Mexico held on with two big kills by sophomore outside hitter Rose Morris for the win.
Game Two saw the teams battle again out of the gate to 12-12. Back-to-back kills by junior Kerri Beck, an ace by Fairchild, and a kill by Morris built a 16-12 lead for UNM. The Lobos continued to build the lead, getting three big kills by sophomore Anna Lehne to get the lead to 25-15. Wyoming did not let up closing to within four at 29-25, then had an attack error for the UNM win.
The Cowgirls to the lead in Game Three, 10-9, and looked like they were going to force a Game Four as they built up to a 23-18 lead. But the Lobos got a strong offensive effort from Fairchild, Morris, Jade Michaelsen, and Lisa Meeter and evened the score at 28. Wyoming took the lead two more times, the last at 32-31. Lehne evened the score with a kill at 32, followed by an attack error by the Cowgirls for the 33-32 Lobo lead. Junior Joelle Ingram made her only kill of the night count as she pounded in the match-winner.
"We seemed to come out playing not-to-lose instead of really coming out and getting after it," said Nelson. "However, that being said, we seem to enjoy playing a couple of points down late in the game. I'm glad that they feel good about battling at the end of a game."
The Johnson Center crowd of 1,083 was instrumental in the Lobo win. It was the largest and loudest crowd, to date, of the 2007 season.
Fairchild led the Lobos with 17 kills, while Meeter recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs. Gayle Tripp led the Lobos with 20 digs. Michaelsen and junior Sarah Kwasigroch split the assists with 25 and 20, respectively.
The Lobos take a break from conference action on Monday, Sept. 24, to travel to nationally-ranked San Diego. Match time is 8 p.m. (MDT). UNM returns home on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. against TCU.
New Mexico def. Wyoming 30-27,30-25,34-32
Wyoming (6-5, 1-2 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - SMITH, Rachel 13-0-3; HELLBAUM, Angie 9-2-1; WHITNEY, Lauren 6-0-0; GOVIER, Kayla 5-0-2; ARNESON, Jenna 4-0-2; SCOTT, Lauren 3-0-3; KAGARISE, Jessica 2-0-0; LEE, Carissa 0-2-0; Totals 42-4-6.0. (Assists) - KAGARISE, Jessica 34. (Dig leaders) - LEE, Carissa 16; HELLBAUM, Angie 9; KAGARISE, Jessica 8
New Mexico (11-3, 2-1 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Fairchild, Jeanne 17-1-3; Meeter, Lisa 14-1-0; Morris, Rose 9-0-2; Lehne, Anna 9-0-3; Beck, Kerri 4-0-2; Michaelsen, Jade 2-0-1; Ingram, Joelle 1-0-2; Phillips, Kelsi 0-1-0; Totals 56-3-8.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 25; Kwasigroch, Sarah 22. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 20; Meeter, Lisa 16; Phillips, Kelsi 9; Kwasigroch, Sarah 8