Aztecs Take Five-Set Match from Lobos
Oct. 18, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Volleyball - Mountain West Conference
Thursday: San Diego State def. Lobos, 2-3 (18-25, 25-23, 28-26, 15-25, 15-17)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team dropped a five-set decision (18-25, 25-23, 28-26, 15-25, 15-17) at San Diego State on Thursday evening in Mountain West action. The Lobos are now 17-5 overall and 4-3 in league play while the Aztecs improve to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in conference contests.
It was a match of ups and downs for the Lobos and a contest that had 39 ties and 11 lead changes, including 19 ties and four lead changes in the third game.
As has been typical this season, UNM dropped the opening set. The Lobos hit .121 (8k-4e-22ta) compared to .359 (17k-3-39ta) by the Aztecs. New Mexico was also outblocked and outdug in game one, 4-3 and 19-15, respectively.
Those categories improved in sets two and three as the Lobos hit .222 in game two and .351 in game three while looking better on defense. But the Aztecs ran away with game four and untimely errors at the end of the fifth set cost the Lobos the match.
Redshirt sophomore Chantale Riddle led New Mexico with 22 kills (.226 pct.). She added 11 digs and four blocks. It's the ninth double-double for the Lobos' right-side hitter.
Senior setter Jordan Russell tied her career high in assists with 31 and added nine digs and three ace serves.
San Diego State was led by Andrea Hannasch who notched 19 kills (.318 pct.) and added seven digs and five blocks. Raegan Shelton had 16 kills (.250) and three digs.
The Lobos travel to Nevada for a 2 p.m. MT match this Saturday. UNM will play three matches at home next week, starting with its annual Think Pink and Rio Grande Rivalry match with New Mexico State on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in The Pit. The Lobos will look for revenge against conference foe UNLV on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. MT in The Pit and against Fresno State at 6 p.m. back in the Johnson Center.
First set - Aztecs 25, Lobos 18
Senior Jordan Russell opened the match with an ace serve and Alijah Gunsaulus followed with a kill to get the Lobos on the board first, 2-0. New Mexico held a 5-4 lead until an off-speed shot from Andrea Hannasch knotted things up. The teams traded a few points until the Aztecs took a 12-9 lead off a 3-0 run. The Lobos evened the game with three unanswered points of their own, but San Diego State's Hannasch took control of the net, recording five kills in a 7-2 Aztec run to push the home team to a 19-14 lead. Lobo errors allowed San Diego State's lead to grow to 22-15 before a serving error gave UNM a side out. Russell managed another ace serve, but a kill and an ace from Raegan Shelton pushed the mark to 24-17. A service error allowed the Lobos to evade set point, but the Aztecs got a kill from Emily Harris to take the first set, 25-18.
Hannasch had eight kills in game one and was error free on 13 attempts (.615 pct.). The Aztecs recorded 17 kills to just eight by New Mexico.
Second set - Lobos 25, San Diego State 23
New Mexico got off to a slow start in the second game, allowing SDSU to build a 6-3 before rallying off three-straight points to tie the set at 6-6. Three consecutive kills from Hannasch fueled a 5-1 run for the Aztecs, moving their advantage to 11-7. A missed serve by SDSU gave the Lobos a side out and ignited a 7-1 run, allowing the visitors to claim a 14-12 edge. Consecutive kills by the Aztecs broke the Lobos' scoring spree and tied the set, but a kill from Skye Gullatt allowed UNM to reclaim the lead, 15-14. A few plays later the Lobos' advantage stood at 18-14, thanks to strong net play by Riddle and Gullatt. The Aztecs rattled off a few points and threatened New Mexico's lead, 21-20. A kill from Ross moved the mark to 22-20 but SDSU managed to tie the set a couple of plays later off kills from Raegan Shelton and Waber, 23-23. An attack attempt by the Aztecs went long and it was 24-23 New Mexico. A kill from Gunsaulus secured game two for the Lobos, 25-23.
UNM's hitting percentage improved from the first set (.222) and the Lobos recorded 14 kills to 13 by the Aztecs.
Third set - Lobos 28, San Diego State 26
The third set was a thriller that featured 19 ties and four lead changes. The Lobos The teams went back and forth in the third set until two Lobo miscues and a kill by Chaiymin Steel led to a 9-6 edge for San Diego State. The Aztecs tacked on one more point before consecutive kills from Riddle broke the Lobos' scoring drought, 10-12, however SDSU maintained the lead for several plays. The Lobos tied the set a couple of times and took a 15-14 lead off a kill from Riddle. San Diego State answered, however, and again the teams took to point trading. A kill from Skipper followed by an attack error by the Aztecs moved the Lobos to 20-18, but a kill from Hannasch followed by a kill from Fouch tied the game for the th time. A few plays later, a kill out of the back row by Riddle gave the Lobos a 22-21 edge. A missed serve by the Lobos allowed yet another tie at 22-all before a block by Gullatt and Riddle followed by a wide attack attempt by San Diego State put UNM at set point, 24-22. A serving error by the Lobos allowed the Aztecs back into the set and then a kill from Harris tied the game at 24-24. Again, the teams traded points, until a missed serve by SDSU gave the Lobos a sideout and the set point, 26-25. The Aztecs used a block to hang around, but a kill from Skipper gave the Lobos set point, again, at 27-26. A kill from Gunsaulus sealed game three for the Lobos, 28-26.
Fourth set - San Diego State 25, Lobos 15
San Diego State took an early 5-2 lead thanks in large part to the net play of Harris. The Aztecs' lead grew to 7-4 until a kill from Skipper ignited a 4-0 run to tie the game at 8-8. The Aztecs managed to build an 11-9 lead only for the Lobos to come back and knot the game at 11-all. A kill from Shelton, however, sent the home team on a scoring spree and San Diego State closed out the set on a 14-4 run and took set four, 25-15. The Lobos struggled at the net in the fourth game, recording just eight kills on 29 attempts while committing six errors at the net (.069).
Fifth set - San Diego State 17, Lobos 15
The Aztecs took a 6-2 lead in the deciding set as the Lobos struggled to overcome errors. A block by Megan Short and Riddle gave New Mexico a much-needed sideout, but a kill by Waber notched another point for SDSU, 7-3. The Lobos got another sideout off a blocking error by the home team, but a botched serve by UNM made it 8-4 in favor of the Aztecs. Consecutive kills from Skipper and Ross and a solo block by Johnson moved New Mexico to within one point, 8-7. A kill by Hannasch temporarily kept the Lobos at bay and the Aztecs in the lead. San Diego State reached 11-9 before a serve went wide and Riddle recorded a kill to tie the set at 11-all. A sharp cross-court kill by Riddle gave New Mexico its first lead of the fifth game, 12-11, and the Aztecs called for a breather. A long volley out of the timeout resulted in a kill by Riddle, and a 13-11 Lobo advantage, but Harris answered and kept the Aztecs within one point. A missed serve by SDSU followed to give UNM a 14-12 advantage, but Hannasch kept the Aztecs alive with an off-speed shot. A block by SDSU tied the set at 14s before a kill from Riddle again put the Lobos at set point, 15-14. But UNM left the door open too long and another kill from Hannasch followed by two untimely attack errors by the Lobos gave the Aztecs set and match point, 17-15.