New Mexico Drops Three-Set Match at Boise State
Nov. 3, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Volleyball
Thursday, Nov. 1: Lobos def. Air Force, 3-2
BOISE, Idaho -- The University of New Mexico dropped to 19-9 overall and 6-6 in Mountain West play on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-15) loss at Boise State (13-12, 5-5 MW). Its the first time the Broncos have defeated the Lobos in the five-match history of the teams.
New Mexico was again without junior libero Miquella Lovato, which meant more rotation changes for the eight healthy Lobos.
Redshirt sophomore Chantale Riddle led all players with 13 kills (.143 pct.) and six digs. After this week's matches, Riddle has 503.5 points on the season and 432 kills, moving her in to the top 10 in New Mexico volleyball history for single-season records in those categories.
Riddle sits at No. 7 for single-season points and is No. 9 for single-season kills. UNM still has five matches remaining in the season.
Freshman Alijah Gunsaulus had five kills on 10 swings and was error free at the net. She added eight digs.
The Lobos recorded just six blocks, well below their season average of 2.3 per set. New Mexico also struggled at the net offensively, recording just 25 kills on 93 swings while committing 22 errors (.032 pct.).
Boise State hit .267 on the afternoon, recording 38 kills in 90 total attempts and committing just 14 errors at the net. The Broncos also had nine ace serves and 15 blocks.
New Mexico returns to Albuquerque for its final three home matches of the 2012 campaign. The Lobos will not play during the week, but host CSU Bakersfield for a 1 p.m. MT non-conference match on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Johnson Center. UNM resumes Mountain West play on Thursday, Nov. 15, hosting Nevada at 7 p.m. MT and will hold its Senior Day and final home match on Saturday, Nov. 17 against San Diego State. The match starts at 11 a.m. MT.
First Set - Boise State 25, Lobos 11
Tough serving and strong defense at the net by the Broncos in Game One gave the Lobos trouble and Boise State cruised to a 25-11 First Set win. The Broncos' nine blocks held the Lobos to just five kills and Boise State's four ace serves made it tough for New Mexico to find its offensive rhythm.
The Broncos opened with back-to-back kills from Leah Stevens and used the momentum to claim a 6-1 lead and force a timeout by New Mexico. Boise State added two more points on Lobo attack errors before siding out on a block by Skye Gullatt and Lena Skipper. But the Broncos continued to roll, running the score to 15-4, until a kill out of the back row by Chantale Riddle snapped a 7-2 run. A botched serve, however, marred the chances of a Lobo scoring spree and Boise State upped the mark to 17-5 and forced UNM to call for another breather.
Another back-row kill by Riddle followed by an attack error by the Broncos gave the Lobos their first back-to-back points of the match and made the score 21-7, but a wide serve by New Mexico again stopped any chance of a Lobo run.
New Mexico managed to put up three unanswered points near the end of the set, but a kill by Alyssa Gammell ended Game One, 25-11.
Second Set - Boise State 25, Lobos 18
Boise State opened Set Two with three consecutive points before a missed serve gave the Lobos a sideout, 3-1. New Mexico struggled to find its offense early in the set and soon the Broncos' lead had increased to 8-3.
The Broncos controlled the game most of the way, but the Lobos managed a 5-1 run to hang on, 23-17 near the end of the set, thanks to two kills by Alijah Gunsaulus, a kill by Gullatt and a pair of errors by Boise State.
But a kill by Brittany Reardon gave Boise State set point, 24-17. Gullatt hit an offspeed shot to prolong the game, 24-18, however, a kill by Fiona Jones ended Set Two, 25-18.
The Lobos hit an improved .114 in the Second Set, recording 12 kills on 35 swings while committing eight errors. But the Broncos' 15 kills on 31 swings (.355 pct.) was the difference in the game.
Third Set - Boise State 25, Lobos 15
A kill from Gunsaulus put New Mexico on the scoreboard first in the Third Game. A few plays later the Lobos got a kill from Gullatt followed by one from Riddle and their lead grew to 4-1. The Broncos caught up to the Lobos, 5-5, with kills by Liz Harden. An ace by Kersti Whitney allowed Boise State to pull ahead. UNM tied the set at 7-7, but Boise State quickly regained control and went on a 5-0 run for a 12-7 lead.
A solo stuff and a kill by Megan Short put a bump in the run New Mexico put on a 5-1 run to cut Boise State's lead to one point, 13-12.
Consecutive kills by Taylor Murphey and a service ace by Leah Stevens, however, distanced UNM, 16-12. A few plays later, consecutive Lobo miscues moved the mark to 19-14 and New Mexico burned its second timeout.
But the Broncos' offense was too hot to handle. A service ace by Alyssa Gammell capped a 9-1 run and the Broncos took the set and match, 25-15.