Lobos Win 10th Consecutive Match

Sept. 14, 2012

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Lobo Volleyball - at the Oklahoma Invitational, Sept. 14-15 (Norman, Okla. - McCasland Field House)

Friday, Sept. 14: Lobos def. Arkansas-Little Rock, 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18, 15-12)
Saturday, Sept. 15: Lobos vs. SMU, 9 a.m. MT, Lobos at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. MT
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of New Mexico volleyball team extended its winning streak to 10 matches and improved to 11-1 overall with a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday night at the Oklahoma Invitational.

It was a roller coaster of a night for the Lobos as they traded games with UALR before capping off the deciding set, 15-12.

The Trojans' Edina Begic proved to be a challenge for the Lobos. The 6-2 sophomore ranks second in the nation in kills per set (5.31) and leads the country in points per set, averaging 6.1. Begic led all players with 25 kills -- four in set one, five in set two, 11 in the third set and five in the fourth while going without a kill in the fifth set. Begic added two blocks while the Trojans got nine from Daniele Souza Moura.

The Lobos topped UALR in kills 62-55 and but lagged in blocks, recording just 11 to the Trojans' 27.

Sophomore Chantale Riddle led the 'Bos with a career-high 24 kills, 13 digs and five blocks. It was Riddles fifth double-double of the season.

Two other Lobos had double-digits in kills. Ashley Newman finished with 12 and Lena Skipper added 11 kills and 10 digs for her first collegiate double-double. The Lobos got four blocks and three kills from Lexi Ross while libero Miquella Lovato recorded a career-high 26 digs.

The Lobos continue play in the Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday, facing SMU at 9 a.m. MT, and closing the weekend against host Oklahoma at 6 p.m. MT.

Lobos 3, UALR 2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18, 15-12)

Arkansas-Little Rock owned the net in game one, tallying 15 kills to just nine by the Lobos and outblocking UNM, 6-0. The Lobos took an early 3-1 lead off solid net play and an ace from junior Miquella Lovato. The Trojans came back to tie the set at 5-all and take an 8-6 lead. A long volley resulted in a point for the Lobos thanks to a kill by Newman, but UALR continued to hold the lead, building to a 14-11 advantage. UNM put on small run to come to within one point, 14-15, of the Trojans, but the Lobos struggled with serve receive and got caught on their heels too many times and Arkansas-Little Rock ran the score to 17-14 and prompted a timeout by Nelson. But the Trojans' tear continued and they closed out the set on an 8-4 run, claiming game one, 25-18.

Arkansas-Little Rock started set two right where they left off in set one and continued to dominate at the net, using big blocks to establish a 7-3 lead. The Trojans held their ground, thanks to Begic, and at the 13-9 mark, the Lobos called a timeout to talk things over. UNM nabbed two quick points off a kill from Riddle and an attack error by the Trojans. A service error gave UALR a sideout, but another Riddle kill followed by an ace from Lexi Ross brought the Lobos to within one point, 13-14, and the Trojans took a breather. Skipper laid down a kill following the timeout, extending the Lobo run and evening the set at 14-all. UNM's run continued and a few plays later the Lobos claimed a 17-16 lead. The Trojans managed to knot the score again at 17s, but a kill by Riddle and an attack error by UALR gave New Mexico a two-point edge. UALR managed to tie the game again at 20-20 off a kill and a block, but a service error and a shank pass by the Trojans put the Lobos back on top, 22-20. New Mexico finished the set with a 3-0 run, closing it on a block by Riddle and Ross, 25-20.

In the third set it was the Lobos who took an early lead, 7-4, thanks to the net play of Megan Short and Lena Skipper. The Lobos extended their lead to 11-4, but then a 7-0 run by the Trojans knotted the game at 11-all. A kill by Riddle put the Lobos back on top momentarily, but an attack error let the Trojans even things up again. The teams traded points and the lead until a kill by Arkansas-Little Rock's Adisa Hodzic followed by a kill from Begic gave the Trojans a 20-18, lead and UNM was forced to call a timeout. An attack error was called by New Mexico out of the timeout, increasing the Trojans' lead to 21-18, but a kill and back-to-back errors by UALR tied the game at 21 apiece. Newman gave New Mexico a one-point advantage with an ace serve, but the Trojans got two quick points off a blocking error and a kill off an over pass. Riddle evened the set again with a kill from the right side, and a point-for-point trade ensued and took the set to extra points before UALR claimed the match, 27-25.

Things got off to a rocky start again in the fourth set, and the Trojans established an 8-2 lead that they held on to until 12-7 before a kill by Newman gave the Lobos a sideout. From there, the tides changed quickly as tough serving by, big kills from Riddle and some net errors by the Trojans translated to a 9-1 run and gave the Lobos a 16-13 lead. A few plays later a kill from Short followed by an error by the Trojans upped the Lobos lead to 18-14. Another attack error followed by a ball-handling error gave the Lobos a 20-14 edge. The Lobos closed out the fourth set on a kill from Newman, 25-18.

The Lobos opened the deciding set with four consecutive kills -- two from Skipper and one apiece from Ross and Riddle to claim a 4-0 lead. UALR found their way to the board off a kill, but Skipper recorded her third kill of the game to give the Lobos a sideout and a 5-1 advantage. The Trojans came back to within two points, 8-6, but a kill from Newman upped the Lobo lead to 9-6 and the Trojans called a timeout. A few Lobo miscues put the Trojans within one point, 11-10, right back in contention for the set and match. A kill from #2 tied the set at 11-all before a kill from Riddle put the Lobos back in the lead 12-11. A hitting error by the Trojans added to UNM's advantage and UALR called a timeout. New Mexico dug deep, playing scrappy volleyball and closed out the set on a 2-1 run for a final of 15-12 in the fifth game.