Aug. 25, 2012
Lobo Volleyball (3-1, 0-0 MW) - Sheraton Airport/LA Boxing Lobo Classic Champions
Friday, Aug. 24: Lobos def. Southern, 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-12); Duquesne def. Lobos, 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 19-25, 26-24, 10-15)
Saturday, Aug. 25: Lobos def. Southern, 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-19); Lobos def. Duquesne, 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21)
Up next: The Lobos travel to Savannah State (Savannah, Ga.) to participate in the Tiger Invitational, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. UNM faces UNC Asheville at 9 a.m. MT in its first match on Friday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Lobos improved to 3-1 and won the Sheraton Airport/LA Boxing Lobo Classic with a 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-21) victory over Duquesne (3-1) on Saturday evening in front of 1,247 fans in the Johnson Center.
The Lobos lost to Duquesne in five sets on Friday night, but got sweet revenge against the Dukes on Saturday night.
"We played a good game last night, but had a few too many errors," head coach Jeff Nelson said. "I felt like we worked a little harder and battled a little harder on the big points. We came up with a lot of big digs and we really raised our level of play tonight. For as young as our group is, I'm excited about what I see from this team at this point in the season."
Krieg was error free at the net, recording eight kills on 19 attempts (.421 accuracy), and added five blocks. She also had two ace serves.
Lovato had 19 digs and no reception errors.
Riddle led all players with 22 kills, hitting at a .319 clip. She added eight digs and seven total blocks.
"Chantale had an amazing weekend," Nelson said. "There's no question she deserved to be MVP of the tournament. She led us offensively and defensively, came up with some huge blocks. She managed her game well tonight and I couldn't be more proud of her. She's just a sophomore and she's putting up huge numbers already."
Riddle was proud of the way the Lobos battled against a balanced Duquesne team, especially in the blocking department.
"We were disciplined and much more focused this match," she said. "We pushed through some tough situations that we didn't last night. We blocked a lot more balls tonight and were much more aggressive at the net."
Lobos 3, Duquesne 1
In the first set, the Lobos found themselves trailing 1-4 to Duquesne, but a kill by Chantale Riddle and back-to-back service aces by Lexi Ross tied the game at 4-all. The teams traded points before back-to-back kills from Alijah Gunsaulus and a solo block by Riddle gave UNM an 11-8 advantage. The Lobos built their lead to 19-13 off steady back-row play from Ross and Gunsaulus and off the arm of Riddle, who finished the set with eight kills on 13 attempts (.462 accuracy). UNM took the first set 25-19.
The Dukes had the upper hand early on in the second set, leading by as much as 13-9 before big plays at the net by Riddle and Lena Skipper pulled the Lobos to a 13-13 tie. Duquesne went on a 7-3 run to put the mark at 20-16. New Mexico got kills from Krieg and Gunsaulus, but a service error and strong blocking by the Dukes pushed the visiting team to a 25-20 win in the second set.
Riddle had five kills and Krieg had four in the third set, leading the Lobos to a 25-20 win. New Mexico claimed an early 4-2 lead and maintained the advantage throughout the set.
The Lobos began the fourth set with leftover momentum from game three and led 5-3 early on. Duquesne went on a 5-1 run and prompted a timeout by UNM. The breather was followed up by a kill by Gunsaulus and an ace by Krieg putting the Lobos within one, 8-9. New Mexico worked its way to an 11-11 tie and the two teams went point for point until Duquesne used two kills and a block to build a 19-16 advantage. Again, UNM pawed its way back to within one, 20-21, off kills from Krieg and Riddle and miscues by the Dukes. Gunsaulus connected for an outside kill off a set by Skipper to tie the game and prompt a Duke timeout.
A scrappy rally by the Lobos followed by another kill from Riddle put the Lobos two points away from set, match and tournament point. Duquesne called for another timeout.
Riddle struck again from the outside off a set from Russell to put the Dukes on their heels. The match ended with an attack error by Duquesne, 25-21 in favor of the Cherry and Silver.
The Lobos face UNC Asheville next at the Tiger Invitation, hosted by Savannah State, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. New Mexico will also play 2011 NCAA tournament participant Maryland Eastern Shore, Kennesaw State and host Savannah State while in Georgia.
SHERATON AIRPORT/LA BOXING ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Chantale Riddle, New Mexico