Oct. 12, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico setter Jade Michaelsen recorded a career-high 48 assists as the Lobos defeated San Diego State, 30-26, 30-18, 30-25. UNM improved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
"We had a shuffle in the initial line-up and got down in Game One, but they did a good job pulling away at the end," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "When we went back to our `comfort zone' line-up in Game Two, we really played a solid, complete game. We cat-and-moused it in Game Three before we finally separated ourselves for the win."
Sarah Kwasigroch and Kat Crawley served the Lobos to a 9-4 lead in Game One, before SDSU's Stephanie Darnell served the Aztecs back into the lead at 12-10. The teams went back and forth until MWC dig leader Aime Cordeiro served SDSU to a 22-17 lead. The Lobos held on as Kerri Beck and Jeanne Fairchild put together four kills down the stretch to put UNM back in the lead, 26-24. Fairchild picked up two more kills, along with Rose Morris and Anna Lehne for the 30-26 win.
In Game Two, Lehne put together a solid performance with key serves to get the Lobos out to a 5-1 lead and later three consecutive kills to increase the lead to 15-7. The Lobos kept SDSU off balance as the UNM middle blockers made their presence known behind the play of Lehne and Beck with nine kills in Game Two. Fairchild had six kills in the game, including the game-winner.
Game Three saw neither team pulling away early as SDSU took the first two-point lead at 15-13 on a UNM attack error. The Lobos took the lead for good at 21-20 on a kill by Lehne. Lehne then served the Lobos to 24-20, the largest lead of the game at the time. Morris collected her eighth kill of the match for the game- and match-winner.
"It is great to get another win in three," said Nelson. "We need to keep moving forward."
The 14 overall wins on the season matches the highest total for the Lobos since joining the Mountain West in 1999.
"Jeanne looked like her old self tonight, faster and more dynamic," continued Nelson. "Anna has really turned it up the past couple of weeks and is playing better. Rose stepped up and had a nice match tonight. Everyone played really well, including Gayle and Sarah at right back."
Fairchild recorded a team-high 23 kills and hit .500. Lehne finished up with 11 kills and a .562 hitting percentage, while Lisa Meeter pitched in with 10 kills. Michaelsen just missed her third double-double of the season with 48 assists and nine digs.
Gayle Tripp led the Lobos with 17 digs to improve her career dig total to 990. She needs 10 against UNLV to join the UNM 1,000-dig club.
The Lobos will face UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center. UNLV beat TCU on Friday night, 3-0, to remain tied with the Lobos for second place in the MWC.
New Mexico def. San Diego State 30-26, 30-18, 30-25
San Diego State (11-7, 3-4 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - MAHAN, Lindsey 10-1-4; SALISBURY, Lauren 10-0-4; DARNALL, Stephanie 5-0-2; EVANS, Hannah 4-0-2; DE TURK, Sydney 4-0-3; MANASCO, Kelsey 2-0-0; CASTILLO, Kristen 1-0-0; CORDEIRO, Aime 0-1-0; LATHROP, Leah 0-1-0; Totals 36-3-8.0. (Assists) - LATHROP, Leah 17; CASTILLO, Kristen 12. (Dig leaders) - CORDEIRO, Aime 23; DARNALL, Stephanie 4
New Mexico (14-5, 5-2 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Fairchild, Jeanne 23-0-1; Lehne, Anna 11-0-2; Meeter, Lisa 10-1-0; Morris, Rose 8-0-1; Beck, Kerri 7-0-3; Michaelsen, Jade 1-1-3; Phillips, Kelsi 0-1-0; Totals 60-3-6.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 48. (Dig leaders) - Tripp, Gayle 17; Kwasigroch, Sarah 12; Michaelsen, Jade 9