Lobos Drop 3-1 Decision at Fresno State
Sept. 27, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Volleyball (15-3, 2-1 MW)- On the Road @ Fresno State and UNLV
Wednesday, Sept. 26: Lobos def. CSU Bakersfield, (20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20)
Fresno State was led by Megan Callahan with 17 kills on 36 swings (.333 accuracy). The Bulldogs had two other players with double-digit kills. Maci Murdock recorded 13 and Korrin Wild had 15. Wild added 19 digs.
The Bulldogs outhit the Lobos, recording 56 kills to 44 by UNM, and also had a better hitting percentage of .217 to .140 by New Mexico.
The Lobos travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on MW foe UNLV at 8 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be UNM's third match in four days. New Mexico's next home match will take place in The Pit at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 against Boise State.
First set - Fresno State 25, Lobos 21
The Bulldogs hit .229 in set one, capitalizing on 13 of 35 attempts and making five errors at the net. New Mexico committed nine errors at the net, recording 10 kills on 31 attempts for a .032 hitting percentage in the first game.
The Lobos and the Bulldogs stayed point-for-point until back-to-back kills from Riddle and Ross gave New Mexico a 6-4 lead. A kill from Fresno State and an error by UNM let the 'Dogs catch up. New Mexico put up three unanswered points off a kill from Gunsaulus, an ace from Ross and a block from Gunsaulus and Gullatt to move the mark to 10-7 Lobos. New Mexico's lead swelled to 13-9 after another block from Gunsaulus and Gullatt on the left side and New Mexico continued to roll to 15-10. Fresno State put on 8-0 run off strong net play from Megan Callahan and a number of Lobo miscues. A service error and a ball handling error gave New Mexico a pair of points, but another kill from Callahan followed by a kill from Murdock moved the mark to 20-17. The Bulldogs' lead increased to 22-18 before Riddle recorded consecutive kills to put the Lobos to within two, but Fresno State closed out the on a 3-1 run, 25-21.
Second set - Lobos 25, Fresno State 22
New Mexico hit a much-improved .385 in game two, getting 11 kills on 26 swings and making just one attack error.
The game was tied at 8-8 until a 7-0 run fueled by strong net play form Riddle, Gunsaulus and Gullatt gave the Lobos a 15-8 lead. The Bulldogs put on a short 4-1 run to come within four points, 16-12. A service error by Fresno State, followed by a kill from Lena Skipper New Mexico back on track and moved the Lobos' lead to 18-12. UNM eventually increased its lead to 20-14, but again, the Bulldogs ran some off-speed shots through the middle and put up three unanswered points to come to within three points of the Lobos. An Alijah Gunsaulus kill broke the run, but a kill from Maci Murdock put the Bulldogs back to within three points. A few plays later a kill from Gullatt pushed New Mexico's advantage to 24-21, a kill by Korrin Wild gave Fresno State another point, but the set ended on an attack error by the Bulldogs, 25-22 in favor of the Lobos.
Third set - Fresno State 25, Lobos 23
A kill by Ross on an overpass followed by an attack error by Fresno State early in the third set gave UNM a 6-4 advantage. The Bulldogs tied things up at 7-7 before a kill from Riddle put the Lobos on an 8-2 run and UNM found itself with a sizable lead, 15-9. A kill followed by an ace serve from Skipper moved the mark to 19-15, but a Lobo service error followed by consecutive attack errors moved the Bulldogs to within one point, 19-18. Fresno State played scrappy defense to keep the set close and on a blocking error by the 'Bos, managed to tie the set at 21-21. The teams traded points on missed serves and then a block from Jaime-Lee Morrow put the Bulldogs in the lead, 23-22. It was short lived, as a kill from Riddle tied the set at 23-all, but back-to-back kills from Callahan ended the set, 25-23, Fresno State.
Fourth set - Fresno State, 25, Lobos 15
Two consecutive off-speed shots by Riddle in the fourth set translated to a 4-2 lead, but a serving error followed by three attack errors allowed Fresno State to claim a 6-4 edge. The Lobos tied the set at 8-8 off a kill from Ross and the teams traded points and then a kill from Callahan sparked a 7-1 run by the Bulldogs and gave them a 17-11 lead. A kill by Skipper broke the run, but consecutive kills by Fresno State moved the mark to 19-12 in favor of the home team. New Mexico used its second timeout of the set to talk things over. The Bulldogs' tear continued, however, lead by Barbara Alcantara. The Lobos managed three points in the waning moments of the fourth set and Fresno State took the set and match, 25-15.