Volleyball: Lobos Lose to No. 22 Ranked Utes, 3-1
Albuquerque, N.M. -- In a tough battle, the University of New Mexico volleyball lost to the No. 22 ranked Utes of Utah in four games, 301-9, 32-30, 30-23, and 30-25 tonight in Johnson Arena. The Lobos fall to 7-16 overall and are 2-8 in conference play. Utah improves to 18-6 and are 8-3 in the Mountain West.
Junior outside hitter Anna Reines led the Lobos scoring a team-high 17 kills and hitting .387 (17k-5e-31ta) for the match. Senior Vanessa Shields was the other Lobo in double figure kills with 13. Shields added one block solo and two block assists.
Senior Blaire Burns returned to her position as libero scoring a match-high 12 digs. This was the 15th match of the season Burns scored double figure digs. Burns leads the team in digs with 260, good for a 3.10 per game average.
Sophomore Cayse Kaveny had a great match hitting .333 (9k-3e-18ta) and scoring a team-high six block assists.
Freshman Chelsea Sondrup scored two block solos and five block assists, moving into fifth place in UNM single season records with 87 block assists. The record stands at 110 set in 1994 by then senior Robyn Wentworth.
Sophomore setter Monica Meihack scored a career-high five block assists. As a team UNM out blocked the Utes, 15.0 to 9.5, out dug Utah 42-41 but were out served with UU scoring 14 service aces to the Lobos two. UNM hit .144 on 58 kills, 36 errors, in 153 attempts to Utah’s .200 (57k-30e-135ta).
Next week the Lobos hit the road and travel to Colorado State on Fri., Nov. 8 and Wyoming on Sat., Nov. 9 in their final conference road series of the season.