Volleyball falls to New Mexico, 3-0
Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane finished with 13 kills but the JU volleyball team fell to New Mexico, 3-0 (22-25, 21-25, 18-25), Saturday morning in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament at The Corral.

JU (5-7), which had its three match winning streak snapped, hit .219 in the match (including a high of .355 in the first set) but hit under .200 in the final two frames and finished with a match-high 12 service errors.

NM (7-5) won its third straight match by hitting a blistering .343 while registering a match-high seven blocks.

“We may have lost but I thought this was the best we have played all year,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We did a lot of things well in this match but we just happened to play a very talented team today.”

Along with Kane, senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager chipped in with nine kills while sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky added seven kills. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 34 assists while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 12 digs.

Lisa Meeter led the Lobos with 14 kills while adding 12 digs and a .522 (14-2-23) hitting percentage. Taylor Hadfield tallied 13 kills and a match-high .545 (13-1-22) hitting percentage. Allison Buck (16 digs) and Ashley Rhoades (seven blocks) led the defense.

In the first set, both teams battled through 15 ties until the Lobos used a 2-0 run to make it 18-16 on a kill by Kelly Williamson. NM increased the margin to 20-17 after a bad set by the Dolphins but JU would cut the deficit to 20-19 after an attack error by Rhoades. The Lobos would answer with a 3-0 run, capped by a block by Rhoades and Barber, to make it 23-19. JU would make it interesting with a 3-0 run to cut the margin to 23-22 but NM got a kill by Williamson and a block by Barber and Rhoades to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through five ties until the Lobos used a 3-0 run to open up an 8-5 lead. NM increased the lead to 12-8 with a kill by Hadfield before making it 18-12 with a kill by Meeter. The Dolphins would answer back with a 7-3 run to cut the margin to 21-19 but the Lobos ended the frame with a 4-2 run to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, the Lobos jumped out to a 10-4 lead with a kill by Mariah Agre and then increased the margin to 17-7 after an attack error by the Dolphins. JU would cut the margin to 20-15 with a kill by Loeppky but the Lobos would cruise the rest of the way to seal the match.

The Dolphins will end their weekend against host USF at 7 p.m. The match can be followed through GameTracker and video streaming by logging onto