Sept. 12, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - The New Mexico volleyball team fell to undefeated and 22nd-ranked Loyola Marymount in three games (31-29, 30-20, 30-24) Friday night (Sept. 12) in the first match of the Washington State Cougar Mania Invitational. UNM now stands at 3-4 for the season, while the Lions improve to 9-0.
Senior Anna Reines (Sr., Big Lake, Minn.) once again led the Lobo offensive attack with 11 kills to go along with four digs. Chelsea Sondrup (So., Pleasant Grove, Utah) tallied seven kills and three blocks while Adah Burke (So., Las Cruces) recorded a team-high 15 digs. Freshman Lindsay Smith (Bakersfield, Calif.) paced the offense with a career-high 21 assists.
The Lobos gave all the nationally-ranked Lions they could handle in the first game as LMU barely edged UNM, 31-29. UNM hit .270 with 16 kills in the game, but the Lions hit for a superior .368 to come out on top.
New Mexico limited Loyola Marymount to a .100 attack percentage in the second game, but the LMU defense shut down the Lobo offense even more, allowing only eight UNM kills in 33 attempts. The result was a 30-20 win for LMU.
Loyola Marymount swept the match by taking the third game, 30-24.
Kelli Nerison collected 10 kills and hit .714 for the Lions, while Dina DeBernardi hit .381 with 10 kills.
"We really came out and played good volleyball in game one," said UNM head coach Kelley Sliva McKee. "We had chances to win, but unfortunately we struggled with our passing. We served the ball really well tonight, which led to some key points for us. In the end, their two outside hitters proved to be too much for us."
The Lobos return to action tomorrow (Sept. 13) to face Washington State at noon and Saint Louis at 5 p.m.