Lobos Earn First MW Road Win With Sweep at Nevada
Oct. 20, 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)
RENO, Nev. -- Chantale Riddle recorded 16 kills and 16 digs to tally her 10th double-double of the season and propel the Lobo volleyball team to a 3-0 Mountain West win over Nevada on Saturday afternoon at Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. It's the first conference road win for New Mexico and moves the Lobos' overall record to 18-5 and 5-3 in MW play. The Wolf Pack drops to 4-17 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
UNM hit .192 on the match, recording 37 kills on 99 swings and committing 18 errors. The Wolf Pack was held to just .096 accuracy, getting 36 kills on 115 swings and making 25 errors. The Lobos also outblocked Nevada, 18-13, and outdug the Wolf Pack, 49-31.
Junior Lexi Ross added six kills (.200 pct.) and three blocks, including one solo block.
Freshman Skye Gullatt also recorded a solo block and had seven blocks total in New Mexico's win.
The Lobos 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 - Lobos 25, Nevada 20
New Mexico pulled away from a 3-3 tie off two Wolf Pack errors and a kill from Chantale Riddle. The Lobos maintained a lead of at least three points, building a 14-8 advantage off strong play at the net by Lena Skipper, Riddle and Skye Gullatt. A few plays later, however, Nevada threatened the Lobos lead, 18-16, with a 4-0 run consisting of kills from three different players and an ace from Kelly Chang. A kill from Lexi Ross put a bump in the run and got the Lobos back on track. Ross followed with an ace serve and UNM got a kill from Gunsaulus to move the mark to 21-17. New Mexico earned four of the final seven points of the set and took game one, 25-20.
The Lobos hit .289 and were led by Riddle in the first game who had seven kills, one error and 15 total attempts (.400 pct.). Riddle added three block assists and 10 digs. Skipper and Ross each added three kills while Hannah Johnosn had eight set assists. Gullatt was a defensive force at the net for New Mexico, recording three block assists.
Second set - Lobos 25, Nevada 21
Nevada opened the second set with four consecutive points until a Gunsaulus kill got the Lobos on the board and New Mexico began a run of its own featuring a Riddle-Gullatt stuff, a kill from Gullatt and another kill from Gunsaulus, 4-4. The Wolf Pack pulled away 8-5 on two blocks and a kill from Tessa Lea'ea and held the lead a majority of the set. A service error by Nevada put the Lobos to within two points, 14-12. New Mexico rattled off seven unanswered points anchored by the net play of Riddle and Gullatt and the solid defense of Skipper and Lovato to make the 19-14. A kill off a quick set from Russell to Riddle pushed the Lobos to 21-17, but the home team didn't let UNM run away with it quite yet. Nevada came to within two points, 22-20, off kills from Lea'ea and a block by Dana Holt and Batista and continued to linger. A kill from Ross put the Lobos at set point, 24-21, and Nevada error as a result of a tough serve from Ross ended the game in favor of UNM, 25-21.
New Mexico hit .156 (12k-7e-32ta) in the second set and held the Wolf Pack to .111 accuracy (13k-9e-36ta). Riddle continued to dominate, recording five kills and two digs in the second game to solidify her tenth double-double of the season. Gullatt added a block solo and another block assist.
Third set - Lobos 25, Nevada 19