Volleyball: Lobos lose to Cougars, 3-0
Provo, Utah -- The University of New Mexico volleyball teamlost tonight to the BYU Cougars in Provo in three games, 27-30, 20-30 and 13-30. New Mexico drops to 6-10 overall and are 1-2 in the Mountain West. BYU is struggling this year with injuries and are 7-10 and are 2-2 in the MWC.
In game one the Lobos and Cougars battled back and forth with BYU taking the match 30-27. The Lobos hit .144 with junior Anna Reines and senior Vanessa Shields scoring seven and six kills respectively. BYU scored 12 blocks to UNM’s four in game one with the Cougars defensively outdigging the Lobos 39-29.
The Cougars took a commanding 6-1 lead in game two before New Mexico came back to make the match interesting at 10-8. The Lobos passing proved to be their downfall as the BYU middle took advantage to take the second game 30-20.
New Mexico struggled in game three with passing and bad returns which caused BYU to take advantage of the Lobos taking the game 30-13.
“We’re disappointed, we could not score and as a result are frustrated,” said head coach Kelley Sliva. “We’re going back into to the gym and work on the things we need to work on.”
BYU hit .355 for the match to UNM’s .113. Shields led the Lobos with 9 kills on the match while Reines scored seven. Senior Blaire Burns led the Lobos in digs with 13. Sophomore setter Monica Meihack had 29 assists.
The Lobos will host Wyoming and Colorado State next week in The Pit, Oct. 11-12. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. start. The CSU match will be played before the annual Lobo Howl showcasing the men’s and women’s basketball team. Tickets for the event may be obtained by calling the UNM Athletics Ticket Office at 925.LOBO (5626).