Sept. 2, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii --- The University of New Mexico volleyball team lost its first match of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic on Thursday afternoon to Michigan State, 3-2. Three Lobos reached double digit kills in the match, led by senior Lisa Meeter with 18. The Lobos dropped to 2-2 on the season, while Michigan State improved to 4-0.
New Mexico came out strong in the first set building up a six-point lead at 18-12. The Spartans cut the Lobo lead to one, 18-17, before tying up the score at 21-21. Back-to-back blocks by Jade Michaelsen and Taylor Hadfield put UNM up 23-21. A kill by Kelly Williamson and a double block by Williamson and Ashley Rhoades sealed the first set win, 25-22. Williamson had five of her career-high 15 kills in the set.
Michigan State took the second set, 25-19, after starting the set with a 9-2 lead. The Lobos could not get a lead in the set.
Thirteen ties highlighted the third set. After taking a four-point lead at 20-16, UNM ended up tied at 23, 24 and 25. Kills by Meeter and Hadfield put UNM up 2-1 in the match with a 27-25 set win.
The Spartans took a 10-5 lead in the fourth set, but junior Allison Buck held serve to get the Lobos to a 13-11 lead. The teams continued to battle to a 24-24 tie, but a kill by MSU and a UNM error forced the fifth set, 26-24.
The fifth set scoring went back and forth before MSU put down three kills in a row to take a 12-9 lead. Meeter put in one more kill for the Lobos but a Spartan kill and UNM errors won the match for MSU, 15-10.
In addition to Meeter's 18 kills, Hadfield had 16 and Williamson had 15. Ashley Rhoades had a career-high eight block assists.
UNM returns to action on Friday, Sept. 3 against No. 10 USC at 9 p.m. (MT) in the second round of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic. The match will be available on the internet for pay-per-view on uhstreaming.oceanic.com.