Volleyball: Lobos Defeat Bulldogs, 3-1 in First Round of Albuturkey Tournament
Albuquerque, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team defeated the Butler University Bulldogs in four games, 26-30, 30-27, 31-29, 30-25 in first round action at the UNM Albuturkey Tournament. The Lobos improve to 9-20 while Butler falls to 14-19.
In earlier action the UCLA Bruins defeated the Rice Owls in three games 30-20, 31-29, and 30-21.
Leading the Lobo attack was junior outside hitter Anna Reines who scored 20 kills. Senior Vanessa Shields led the team in hitting percentage, .438 on nine kills, two errors in 16 attacks. Shields was one of three Lobos to score double figure digs with 10.
Senior Blaire Burns scored her first career double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs.
Sophomore setter Monica Meihack led the team in digs with 14.
As a team the Lobos hit .268 on 65 kills, 21 errors on 164 attempts to Butler's .176 (67k-36e-176ta). UNM outblocked BU 9.5 to 7.5.
The duo of Staci Masten, a senior from Durango, Colo. and Chelsea Sondrup, a freshman from Lindon, Utah combined for 13 of UNM's 19 block assists.
Tournament action continues at 4 p.m. with UCLA taking on Butler followed by UNM versus former WAC rival Rice at 7 p.m.ya