Oct. 8, 2010
Ft. Worth, Texas --- In a battle of two teams that had each won eight of their last 10 matches, there was not going to be much separating the Horned Frogs and the Lobos. The reality is there wasn't, but enough to give TCU a 25-21, 27-25, 25-23 win over New Mexico, improving the Horned Frogs to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference while UNM drops to 10-7 and 2-2.
The Lobos got another amazing effort from junior Ashley Rhoades, who obliterated her career-high of 15 kills with a 20-kill effort, hitting .318 on the night, but that alone couldn't offset some terrific hitting by TCU, which obviously felt right at home in cozy University Rec Center. The Horned Frogs hit .346 for the match with 53 kills to just a paltry eight errors. Five different players had at least seven kills, led by Irene Hester's 16 kills.
Rhoades, who was moved to the outside last week and responded with 24 kills over the course of two three-setters last week, nearly equaled that total in Fort Worth. Rhodes tallied eight kills in the opening set, but TCU led almost the whole way in a brilliant hitting set for them as they recorded 20 kills without an error, hitting .465, an almost unheard of number.
The next two sets were neck-and-neck and back and forth with the Horned Frogs pulling them out both late. In the second set UNM held set point at 24-23 to tie it all up at 1-1, but Hester recorded back-to-back kills to make it 25-24, and after UNM battled back to tie it on a Kelly Williamson kill, TCU closed it out with a set-ending ace by Meghan Horio.
In the third New Mexico led most of the way early, eventually leading 19-16. TCU however responded with a kill by Jordan Raines and two by Hester to tie the set at 19. The lead slid back and forth and a Williamson kill allowed the Lobos to tie it at 23-all, but TCU got the final two points on Christy Hudson kill and a block of a Lisa Meeter attack.
The Lobos couldn't fault their offense, as they hit .286 as a team with 48 kills and just 12 errors, numbers that usually add up to a win. However, the Lobos record just two blocks on the night, but 60 digs. Lisa Meeter had a double-double again with 10 kills and season-high 19 digs, and libero Allison Buck added 13 digs. Jade Michaelsen had 41 assists.
The loss comes in the first game of a killer three-game road stretch in conference play where UNM faces the top three teams in the conference, as they travel to Wyoming and #17 Colorado State next weekend.
NOTES: The Lobos had two blocks but four blocking errors ... Rhoades' previous career-high was 15 kills, set four other times previously ... Lisa Meeter now needs nine kills and six digs to reach 1,000 in both catagories ... along with Rhoades, two other Lobos hit .300 or better on the night, Kelly Williamson (.391) and Taylor Hadfield (.333).