Sept. 6, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico senior Allie Suiter put down the match-winning kill for the second night in a row to get the Lobos their second consecutive tournament championship title. UNM (5-0) beat host Portland, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) to win the Nike Portland Invitational on Saturday night. Junior setter Jade Michaelsen earned the tournament Most Valuable Player honor while junior Lisa Meeter and sophomore Allison Buck were named to the All-Tournament Team.
For the second night in a row, Meeter led the Lobos with 10 kills and just missed a double-double with nine digs. Buck recorded 15 digs, the fifth match in a row for the starting libero with 15 or more digs.
In the first set, UNM gradually built up to a 16-10 lead and never allowed the Pilots to close to less than a three-point margin, 20-17. Senior Rose Morris put down the set-winning kill for the 25-20 win.
The second set was a see-saw battle with the teams staying even to the 16-16 mark. Meeter served the Lobos to a 19-16 lead. The Lobos held off Portland, 23-19. Sophomore Ashley Rhoades slammed down back-to-back kills for the 25-19 win.
Despite a 2-0 lead, the Lobos looked sloppy out of the intermission, getting behind 15-10. Errors by UP put UNM within two, 15-13. Meeter came up with two key kills and more Pilot errors got the Lobos to even at 17-17. A Kelly Williamson kill gave UNM a 20-18 lead. Suiter's kill capped off the night, 25-23.
Rhoades also had 10 kills to go along with four blocks. Michaelsen finished with 31 assists, six digs and four blocks, including two solo stops.
UNM's season continues on Sept. 11-12 with the Comcast Challenge at the Johnson Center. Cal State Fullerton, Baylor and Pittsburgh will be the Lobos' guests for the weekend.