Nov. 3, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico freshman Lisa Meeter had a career-high 26 kills, to go along with three service aces, as the Lobos lost to Mountain West Conference foe Utah, 30-28, 25-30, 30-24, 30-24, Saturday night at the Johnson Center.
"I thought we played poorly tonight," said Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson. "We're not battling anymore. We're playing like we are just satisfied. I think at times different players battled, but down the stretch the lack of a consistent leader is really showing."
In Game One, the Lobos played tight with Utah until the 18-18 mark. The Utes went on a 5-0 run to build a 23-18 lead. New Mexico fought back to tie the game at 27 on a kill by Jade Michaelsen. But attack errors by the Lobos and a kill by Lori Baird gave Utah the 30-28 win.
Meeter had 10 of her 26 kills in Game Two to get the Lobos even with Utah going into the intermission. The Lobos jumped out to a 9-3 lead behind the serve of Jade Michaelsen with three aces in the stretch. UNM did not give up the lead for the rest of the game, even when Utah closed to within one at 25-24. Meeter recorded three kills late in the game to get UNM the 30-25 win.
Game Three saw Utah take a 13-5 lead and keep UNM at bay. The Lobos closed to within two at 21-19 on a Ute attack error. Utah went on to win, 30-24.
Game Four started out the same with Utah taking a 10-5 lead. The closest UNM would get was 22-19 on a kill by Meeter. Utah took the match win, 30-24, moving into a tie for fourth with TCU in Mountain West action.
"Lisa Meeter had a good game, offensively, tonight," said Nelson. "She was swinging on some of the broken plays, catching people off-guard, and she mixed in some really nice jump serves."
Junior Gayle Tripp inched closer to second place on the Lobos all-time career digs list with 15 on the night. Her career total stands at 1,089, needing just 25 to move into the next spot on the list.
The Lobos (15-10, 6-7 MWC) head out on the road to face UNLV and San Diego State next weekend. UNM returns home for its final match of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. against Colorado State.
Utah def. New Mexico 30-28, 25-30, 30-24, 30-24
Utah (11-13, 7-6 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - HAYNIE, Kathryn 19-0-6; BAIRD, Lori 17-3-7; BARTKOWIAK, Karolina 9-0-3; SANDBERG, Chelsey 7-0-11; FISHER, Keisha 4-2-3; ROBISON, Kate 4-0-4; DANGERFIELD, Connie 0-1-0; Totals 60-6-18.5. (Assists) - FISHER, Keisha 47. (Dig leaders) - DANGERFIELD, Connie 20; FISHER, Keisha 10; ROBISON, Kate 8
New Mexico (15-10, 6-7 MWC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Meeter, Lisa 26-2-2; Fairchild, Jeanne 18-0-1; Lehne, Anna 8-0-6; Michaelsen, Jade 3-2-1; Morris, Rose 3-1-1; Beck, Kerri 2-1-4; Hadfield, Taylor 2-0-3; Suiter, Allie 0-0-2; Kwasigroch, Sarah 0-0-1; Tripp, Gayle 0-1-0; Totals 62-7-12.0. (Assists) - Michaelsen, Jade 45. (Dig leaders) - Phillips, Kelsi 17; Tripp, Gayle 15; Kwasigroch, Sarah 11