Oct. 21, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Kelly Therkelsen posted five block assists tonight against the Colorado State Rams, bringing her career total to 300, making her just the second Lobo in the program's history to achieve that mark. The Rams came away with the win though, shutting out the Lobos, 18-30, 29-31, 28-30.
The Lobos came out flat to open game one, quickly falling into a five-point deficit (5-10). Colorado State strung together a 5-1 run, extending their lead to nine and forcing head coach Kelley McKee to call a time out. UNM's defense stepped up, forcing four CSU errors before the Rams rallied with four straight kills.
Facing game-point for the Rams at 13-29, sophomore Gayle Tripp dropped in three aces and sophomore Sarah Kwasigroch and freshman Allison Suiter teamed up for a block for a 4-0 run. The Rams' Katherine Whitney put down one of her match-leading 15 kills to clinch the game.
New Mexico used the momentum from the late run in game one to race out to a 6-0 lead in game two. Whitney led Colorado State's rally with three kills and a block, tying the game at nine. The Lobos put together a 4-0 run thanks two kills from sophomore Jeanne Fairchild and a kill and a block from Therkelsen but the Rams rallied again, tying the match at 14. Seven ties and five lead changes later, CSU got two consecutive to win the game.
Game three was extremely close throughout the entire match, with neither team holding more than a three-point lead. The Rams were at match point (29-27) when sophomore Joelle Ingram slid behind Kwasigroch to the front, right of the court and slammed down a kill. On the next play after a long volley, CSU finally came out on top with a kill from Mekana Barnes.
Fairchild and freshman Rose Morris led the Lobos with nine kills while Therkelsen chipped in with eight. Therkelsen's five blocks was a team-high as was Tripp's 16 digs. Kwasigroch handed out 31 assists.
Whitney was one of three Rams to post double-digit kills, including 11 from Jaime Strauss and Tonya Mokelki. Mokelki, a freshman, also posted 11 digs for her 18th double-double of the season.
The Lobos (7-15, 3-7 MWC) head back out on the road, visiting San Diego State on Friday, Oct. 27 and UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 28. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. MT.