Volleyball: Lobos Defeat Falcons 3-0 in First Conference Road Victory
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team wrapped up their three match road schedule with a three-game win over the Air Force Academy tonight in Colorado Springs. The Lobos took the match 30-23, 30-24, and 30-27 to improve to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference.
Senior Vanessa Shields scored her team-leading ninth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs, adding three block assists. Senior Staci Masten hit a career-high .435 on 12 kills, two errors in 23 attempts. Masten scored five assists and defensively added five block assists.
Freshman Chelsea Sondrup scored one block solo and four block assists to bring her season block assist total to 82. Sondrup is five shy of moving into fifth place in UNM record books for block assists. The record stands at 110 held by former Lobo Robyn Wentworth (1994). Masten is right behind her at 76 block assists for the season. Sophomore Cayse Kaveny quietly scored six block assists to bring the UNM match total to 20.
The Lobos outblocked the Falcons 12.0 to 6.0 and out hit AFA .298 on 49 kills, 18 errors in 104 attempts to the Falcons .212 (48-23e-118ta). Sophomore setter Monica Meihack totaled 37 assists and hit .400 against AFA on six kills, two errors in 12 attempts.
Playing in her first match as a Lobo, freshman walk-on from Las Cruces, Adah Burke scored one service ace and five digs.
“I’m so happy for our team,” said head coach Kelley Sliva. “We had a rough go on the road so far, but they came together as a team tonight and blocked well. It was a total team effort behind the setting of Monica (Meihack). She’s set a balanced attack and got the ball to the right people at the right time. She did a great job tonight. I think Adah (Burke) did a great job in her first collegiate match. We need to keep the consistency going in the second half of the conference schedule.”
The Lobos return home to host BYU on Fri., Nov. 1 and Utah on Sat., Nov. 2, both matches slated for a 7 p.m. start at Johnson Arena on the UNM main campus.a