ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team defeated Mountain West foe Nevada in straight sets, 25-11, 25-16, 25-12, in front of 1,537 fans in the Johnson Center on Saturday afternoon.
It was the Lobos' annual "Dig Pink" match and the Johnson Center was dressed for the occasion -- lined with pink streamers and accented with pink balloons.
New Mexico recorded its 10th sweep of the season and improved to 17-4 overall and 7-3 in MW play while the Wolf Pack dropped to 2-20 and 0-10 in league matches.
Head coach Jeff Nelson likes what he saw today from his Lobos, citing a couple of improvements the team needs to carry into the second half of the Mountain West conference scedule.
"It was a nice win," Nelson said. 'We got ahead early in each game and we were able to put the match away. We worked a couple of specific things this week in practice and we were able to implement those things today. We handled the ball faster and we served tougher."
The Lobos had 10.0 blocks and held Nevada to .031 hitting percentage (28-25-96).
New Mexico hit a season best .451, recording 45 kills and committing just eight errors on 82 total attempts.
"Every hitter is putting balls away and I think that all starts with our passing and defense," redshirt sophomore Hannah Johnson said. "Our team is putting up balls that are setable and easy for me to do my job. You have to give a lot of credit to our passers and defenders."
Johnson had 33 set assists, four digs and two solo blocks.
"Defensively, today we did a good job of keying in on their good hitters," Johnson added.
The Lobos held Nevada's offensive leader,Tessa Lea'ea, to seven kills and .000 hitting (7-7-19). She was averaging 2.75 kills per set.
New Mexico redshirt junior Chantale Riddle led all players with 11 kills. She added four digs and four blocks.
Freshman Julia Warren hit a scorching .714 percent at the net with 10 kills on 14 swings and no errors. She added five digs and three blocks.
Freshman Devanne Sours saw action in the third set and also hit .714 -- tallying five kills on seven attacks and committing no errors.
Senior libero Miquella Lovato anchored the back court for UNM and recorded 17 digs.
The Lobos hit the road for a pair of Mountain West matches next week, stopping at UNLV on Thursday night (8 p.m. MT) before playing at San Diego State on Saturday (1 p.m. MT).