Newman Leads Lobos to 3-0 Win Over Kennesaw State
Sept. 1, 2012
Lobo Volleyball (6-1, 0-0 MW) - Tiger Invitational (hosted by Savannah State - Savannah, Ga.
Friday, Aug. 31: Lobos def. UNC Asheville, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-14); Lobos def. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-23)
Saturday, Sept. 1: Lobos def. Kennesaw State (25-18, 25-19, 25-15); Lobos at Savannah State (0-6), 5 p.m. MT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Junior Ashley Newman led the way with 12 killls and helped the University of New Mexico volleyball team secure its third win of the weekend and improve to 6-1 with a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon over Kennsaw State (4-2).
While UNM took the match in three sets, it was an up-and-down contest in which the Lobos let the Owls hang around a little too long in the first two sets. New Mexico would take a small lead and then KSU would catch up or pull ahead. There were six ties and four lead changes in the first game, and eight ties and six lead changes in the second set.
Newman hit .438 in the match, connecting on 12 of 24 attempts and committing just one hitting error. The Lobo outside hitter also had eight digs.
Chantale Riddle added nine kills, eight digs and a career-high three service aces.
Elsa Krieg was error free at the net, recording seven kills on 10 attempts for a .700 hitting percentage. The sophomore also had three block assists and two service aces.
The Lobos controlled the net, outhitting the Owls 41 kills to 20, and outblocking KSU 15 to 10.
A kill from Lexi Ross got the Lobos on the board and rolling in the first game. A big block on the outside by Ross and Chantale Riddle gave New Mexico a 2-0 advantage before Kennesaw State came back with a 3-0 run. The Lobos eventually took a 9-5 lead, but a service error and a few miscues allowed the Owls to move the mark to 9-8. It seemed that every time UNM made a little run and pulled ahead by a few points, KSU answered with a rally of its own. Kennesaw State used a 5-0 run to first knot the set, 12-12, and then take its first lead, 15-12. New Mexico answered with four-straight points off kills from Ross and Ashley Newman to reclaim the lead, 16-15. The Owls tied things up one last time before UNM put up points to reclaim the lead for good. A long rally ensued with the Lobos ahead, 19-17, and UNM had to dig deep to secure the point and momentum. Newman chased down a shank pass to keep UNM in it and then Krieg followed up with a big kill. An ace a few plays later by Riddle increased New Mexico's lead, 23-17. The Owls tacked on one more point with a kill from Keyaira Stevenson, but a kill by Krieg gave the Lobos the win in the first game, 25-18.
The Lobos struggled to hold a solid lead in the second set and let the Owls linger. A kill by Kennsaw State put the Lobos behind 10-11 and prompted a timeout by Nelson. New Mexico responded by putting up five points to take the lead, 15-11. The Owls came screeching back with four unanswered points to tie the game, 15 apiece before a kill by Ross on an overpass gave the advantage back to the Lobos. A scuffle at the net ended in favor of UNM and a hitting error by KSU pushed the score to 18-15 which prompted a timeout by the Owls.
Kennesaw showed some fight, bringing the score to within two, 20-18, but UNM finished game two on a 5-1 run and claimed the second set, 25-19 on a kill from Riddle.
Sara Metroka opened the third game with two ace serves, giving the Lobos a two-point deficit to work back from. Kills by Newman, Riddle and Ross put the Lobos back in the set and UNM worked from there, eventually building a 9-4 advantage off strong serving from Riddle.
New Mexico built its lead to 16-7 off and ran away with the match, claiming nine of the last 17 points.
The Lobos cap off the Tiger Invitational at 5 p.m. MT against host Savannah State (0-6).