New Mexico Drops Final Match at (RV) Colorado State, 1-3
Nov. 23, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Volleyball - on the Mountain West road
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Wyoming def. Lobos, 1-3 (23-25, 25-19, 18-25, 20-25)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team dropped its final contest of the 2012 season at (RV) Colorado State on Friday night, 1-3 (25-19, 8-25, 19-25, 20-25).
The Lobos finish the season with a 20-13 overall mark and went 7-9 in Mountain West play. Colorado State improved to 21-7 overall and 13-3 in league play. With the win, CSU captured its fourth-consecutive conference title. The Rams share the MW crown with San Diego State, but because they beat the Aztecs, 3-1, they receive the conference's NCAA bid.
New Mexico opened with a 25-19 win over the Rams, which set the evening for a good back-and-forth match. The teams were even in nearly ever statistical category, except for blocks. CSU outblocked the Lobos 21-10, and held UNM to .175 accuracy at the net.
New Mexico was led by freshman Alijah Gunsaulus who hit .364 on the match, recording 17 kills on 33 swings and committing just five errors. The outside hitter added 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Chantale Riddle had 16 kills, five blocks and two digs. Riddle finishes the year with 599.0 points, 515 kills, 299 digs, and 131.0 blocks. She ranks first in program history for single-season points and total attempts; second for single-season kills; and fourth for block assists and fifth for total blocks.
Lena Skipper was the third Lobo in double-digits for kills, notching 10 while recording 10 digs.
UNM libero Miquella Lovato had 16 digs and finishes the season with 465, enough to rank third in program history for single-season digs.
Senior Jordan Russell had 18 set assists, three digs and one ace serve in her final match of donning the Cherry and Silver.
First Set - Lobos 25, Colorado State 19
New Mexico controlled the net in Set One, recording 17 kills and hitting with .314 accuracy. Colorado State hit .161, tallying just 10 kills.
The teams went back and forth for the first 16 points of the set before the Lobos pulled ahead, 10-8, off a kill from Skye Gullatt and an ace by Jordan Russell. The Rams managed to tie the set at 12-12 with back to-back points on a kill by Adrianna Culbert and a block by Culbert and Paige Brieon.
Kills by Skipper and Gunsaulus allowed the Lobos to again pull away from the Rams, 15-13, but CSU tied the set and took over the lead, 16-15 with three unanswered points. Then it was the Lobos' turn to put up unmatched points with Alijah Gunsaulus putting away two kills and Riddle adding one. A service error by UNM interrupted the run, but then another kill by Gunsaulus pushed New Mexico to a 20-17 lead.
The Rams got one point off a Cranston kill, but then another run of four unanswered points by UNM gave the Lobos set point, 24-18. An attack error by New Mexico put a point up for CSU, but a kill from Skipper ended the set in favor of New Mexico, 25-19.
Second Set - Colorado State 25, Lobos 8
The Second Set was all CSU as the Rams held the Lobos to just eight points -- the fewest UNM has scored in a set all season. Colorado hit a scorching .577 in the Second Set, recording 16 kills on 26 swings while committing just one error. Meanwhile, New Mexico couldn't find any rhythm offensively, recording seven errors and getting four kills on 30 total attempts.
Colorado State cruised to a 17-2 lead in the Second Set as the net play of Culbert and Cranston kept the Lobos from finding any offensive rhythm. A missed serve by the Rams snapped the streak and a kill by Riddle tacked on a point for UNM, 17-4.
A few plays later a block solo by Lexi Ross added another point for New Mexico, 19-5. But the Rams had put the Lobos in too big of a hole and they secured a 25-8.
Third Set - Colorado State 25, Lobos 19
Consecutive errors by the Lobos followed by an ace by the Rams gave CSU a 6-3 edge in the Third Set. New Mexico battled back with a 6-1 run featuring kills by Ross and Johnson to claim the lead, 8-7. New Mexico built a two-point lead with consecutive kills from Riddle and Gunsaulus, but then the Rams took off for a 6-1 run and reclaimed the lead, 14-11.
But then the Lobos, under the direction of freshmen Gunsaulus and Gullatt, put up three consecutive points and tied the set at 14-14. The set stayed close for a few points before CSU pulled away, 19-16, with kills from Brieon and Culbert.
Colorado State closed out the set on a 9-3 run to go up two sets to one, 25-19.
Fourth Set - Colorado State 25, Lobos 20
New Mexico built an 8-4 edge early in the Fourth Set using kills by Skipper and Gunsaulus to fuel the Lobo offense. The lead grew to 13-8 as New Mexico continued to control the net early in the set and UNM's defense forced attack errors by CSU.
A big attack by Riddle that was shanked into the crowd by the Rams pushed New Mexico's lead to 15-11, but the Lobos lost the lead to a 9-1 run by CSU, 19-16.
A kill by Skipper meant a sideout for New Mexico, but any attempts at a scoring streak by the Lobos were put to rest by the Rams as they tacked on two more points and moved the score to 21-17. Consecutive errors by CSU moved the Lobos to within two points again, 21-19, but a kill by Plourde and a Lobo attack error gone long inched the Rams closer to match point, 23-19.
A few plays later, another kill by Cranston put Colorado State at match and set point, 24-20. Gunsaulus helped UNM hang on for one more point, but an attack error by New Mexico ended the match, 25-20.