Nov. 11, 2010
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The No. 13 Colorado State volleyball team fell to the New Mexico Lobos, 3-0, Thursday night at UNM’s Johnson Center, snapping a 13-match winning streak.
The Lobos beat the Rams in three -21-25, 22-25, 23-25 – handing CSU its first three-set loss since a setback at TCU on Oct. 22, 2009. It also marked the first conference loss of the season for Colorado State, which fell to 22-3, 11-1 in the MWC, losing its first match since Sept. 17. New Mexico improved to 17-8 (9-3 MWC).
"We gave them too many long point runs and Lisa Meeter played the best match she's ever played against us,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “She was the key player for them. They’re outside hitters out-hit our outside hitters significantly because of her."
The Rams were out-hit for just the third time this season, falling to 0-3 in those matches. The Lobos connected on a .137 hitting percentage, while holding the Rams to .110 as a team.
Meeter recorded a match-high 15 kills on .355 hitting. She also notched 15 digs to cap off a double-double performance.
Megan Plourde led the Rams with eight kills, while Brieon Paige hit .417 with six kills and just one error on 12 attempts. Senior libero Audrey Hemmings led all players with 17 assists.
Colorado State opened the first and third sets with big leads. In the opening stanza, the Rams opened up an 11-4 advantage before the Lobos got back on track. UNM took its first lead of the match, 20-19 on a kill by Meeter, eventually capturing the 25-21 victory.
New Mexico’s momentum carried over to the start of the second set, leading wire-to-wire to take a commanding 2-0 lead into intermission.
CSU looked to rebound coming out of the locker room, and staked to a 7-1 lead to begin the third set. But the Lobos used a 9-2 run that include three service aces from Taylor Hadfield to take their first lead of the set, 10-9. CSU answered with three straight kills from Katelyn Steffan, Plourde and Dana Cranston, but UNM proved too strong down the stretch, eventually closing out the closely contested third set, 25-23.
The win keeps alive the second-place Lobos’ hopes of catching CSU in the MWC title race.
The Rams will now look to rebound and draw closer to clinching at least a share of the MWC title on Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU.