Lobo Volleyball Home Opener - Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic
10:30 a.m. - Idaho State def. Georgia Tech, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)
1:00 p.m. - Lobos def. UC Riverside, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-11)
5:00 p.m. - Georgia Tech def. UC Riverside, 4-1 (25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20)
7:30 p.m. - Lobos vs. Idaho State, 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-18)
11:30 a.m. - UC Riverside vs. Idaho State - Live Stats
2:00 p.m. - Lobos vs. Georgia Tech - Live Stats; WATCH LIVE | First 300 fans get a free t-shirt!
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team earned its third-consecutive sweep with a win over Idaho State on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,236.
It was the Lobos' second match of the Sheraton Airport Lobo Invitational and they took the Bengals in a swift three sets: 25-22, 25-11 and 25-18.
New Mexico improves to 4-1 overall while Idaho State dropped to 3-3.
The Lobos topped the Bengals in every category: 44-26 in kills, .309-.041 hitting accuracy, 42-25 assists, 4-1 ace serves, 41-31 digs and 6-4 in total team blocks.
"We really focused on our side of the net and our game and we got it done," senior Libero Miquella Lovato said. "Our plan was to always work harder than them no matter how the match went. Defense is probably one of the things you have to work the hardest at."
Lovato anchored the Lobo defense and led all players with 20 digs.
Redshirt junior Chantale Riddle was the only player in double figures for kills and she finished with 14.
Elsa Krieg hit .700 on the match, recording seven kills on 10 swings and remaining error free.
Hannah Johnson recorded 39 set assists, six digs and one kill.
Perhaps the most dominant part of the Lobos' game on Friday night was serving.
"I thought Elsa and Hannah, in game two, completely took them out of their game," head coach Jeff Nelson said. "They were on them, they were tough and it forced Idaho State to go outside where we blocked them a couple of times and forced errors. It really took them out of their game."
Midway through the second set, there was a stretch in which Krieg served nine-straight points for the Lobos. The Bengals' were able to sideout at 15-8, but then Johnson went back and served seven-consecutive points.
"Number six [Tressa Lyman] is such a good player and we were able to take her out of her game tonight, not at the net but with the tough serves and making her pass," Nelson said.
Lyman led all players with 19 kills in the Bengals' 3-0 win over Georgia Tech in Friday's morning match. The Lobos held her to five.
"I thought our team did a great job executing. I feel like we have 13 or 14 kids that are ready to go," Nelson said. "Over the course of the day we used 13 kids and I don't think our level dropped when anyone when in. I used freshmen Lise Rugland and Danielle Ortiz back row for Chantale, I used Maddie Mayfield and Lena Skipper at different times. I think Cassie House is going to get some action again tomorrow because we know how physical she is.
"I'm just going to go with whoever is playing hot for us."
Tournament action continues tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. MT, with a neutral match between UC Riverside and Idaho State. New Mexico and Georgia Tech (2-3) close out the weekend at 2 p.m. MT. The first 300 fans to the Lobs-Yellow Jackets match get a free t-shirt.