Volleyball: Lobos Defeat Rice, 3-1 in Albuturkey Tournament Action
Albuquerque, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball defeated the Rice Owls tonight by the scores of 23-30, 30-19, 30-28, and 32-30 to go undefeated in Albuturkey Tournament action. The Lobos defeated the Butler Bulldogs earlier today, 3-1 and are now 10-20 on the season heading into the tournament finale against UCLA tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
UCLA defeated Butler in three, 30-17, 30-23, and 34-32 to improve to 18-13 overall. Butler falls to 14-20. Rice will take on the Bulldogs of Butler tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the final day of the Albuturkey Tournament.
UNM had four players scoring double figure kiss with junior Anna Reines (16), seniors Vanessa Shields (14), Blaire Burns (13), and Staci Masten (11) leading the Lobo attack. Three Lobos scored double-doubles including sophomore setter Monica Meihack (51 assists/12digs), Shields (14k/12d), and Burns, who scored her second straight with 13 kills and 12 digs.
Defensively five Lobos contributed double figure digs to the Lobos season high 74. UNM hit .205 on 68 kills, 28 errors in 195 attempts to Rice’s .156 (66k-36e-192ta). The Owls outblocked the Lobos 14.5 to 12.0 with Rice scoring a tournament high 27 block assists.
Freshman Chelsea Sondrup has set the bar in blocks at UNM in her first year in the cherry and silver. Sondrup totaled a team-high eight block assists. Her season total 126 block assists is a new UNM single season records. Sondrup totals 132 season blocks which ranks second in UNM single season records.
Junior Andrea Sanchez scored 10 digs and sophomore Adah Burke, in the role of libero, scored a career high 11 digs.
Head coach Kelley Sliva and the Lobos cap off their season tomorrow night in the tournament finale against UCLA scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.9