Oct. 24, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost a close match to No. 25 Colorado State, 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11) this afternoon at Johnson Center. Lobo junior Taylor Hadfield recorded a career-high of 21 kills. The loss dropped UNM to 14-8 overall and 5-5 in Mountain West Conference action. The Rams improved to 17-4 and 9-1 in MWC.
"Our team battled hard throughout the match," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "We relied on one hitter, and had good passing and serving, but we needed everyone playing up a level. We needed to execute better and finish points. Freshmen Melissa Rohr and Jordan Russell played aggressively this afternoon."
The teams each took a set 25-18 with CSU winning the first set and UNM taking the second. After intermission, UNM took a 2-0 lead to start the third set, but CSU caught up, 2-2. The teams stayed close until 15-15. A kill by CSU's Jacque Davisson and an attack error by the Lobos put CSU up 17-15 before the fire alarm went off in Johnson Center, causing a 10-minute delay. After the delay, Hadfield put the Lobos within one at 19-18, but CSU pulled away for the 25-20 win and a 2-1 advantage.
The Lobos started the fourth set 3-0, before CSU caught up, 3-3. Again the teams stayed together until 10-10 and the Rams took a three-point lead, 13-10. New Mexico went on an 8-2 run to turn the lead in favor of the Lobos, 18-15. UNM held on to the lead to win the set, 25-20 and send the match into a fifth and deciding set.
Points were swapped to the 9-9 mark before CSU took a two-point lead on back-to-back Ram kills, 11-9. The Lobos closed to within one on a double block by Hadfield and Anna Lehne, 11-10, after a UNM timeout. But CSU rattled off three straight points to take a 14-10 lead and finish off the match, 15-11.
In addition to Hadfield's 21 kills, sophomore Ashley Rhoades recorded 11 kills and four blocks on the afternoon. Lehne led the Lobos in blocking with six and in third place on the UNM career total blocks list with 332. Allison Buck and Rohr had solid back row matches with 18 and 12 digs, respectively. It was a career-high for Rohr.
New Mexico returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Match time in Colorado Springs is set for 7 p.m. The Lobos finish next week's road trip at San Diego State on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.