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UNM Closes Out MW Road Schedule at Wyoming Saturday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobo volleyball team looks to build off of Thursday night’s win at Colorado State when it takes on the Wyoming Cowgirls on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The match will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with live stats available.

UNM is coming off of sweep of Colorado State, defeating the Rams 25-21, 25-17, 26-24 in Fort Collins, behind three Lobos finishing with double-digit kills led by 13 from Uxue Guereca and 11 each from Kaitlynn Biassou and Kali Wolf. Guereca and Biassou added another double-double to their season total, making it 14 for Guereca and seven for Biassou.

Melissa Walden led with a match-high 37 assists, adding in three assisted blocks, a kill and a service ace, while Avital Jaloba led with a match-high five assisted blocks and Biassou had four assisted blocks.

From the service line, the Lobos recorded eight service aces with six different Lobos tallying at least one and Alena Moldan and Wolf having two. Moldan also finished with a match-high 18 digs.

The Lobos enter Saturday’s match 15-10 on the season and 6-9 in the Mountain West, while the Cowgirls are 10-17 on the season and also 6-9 in the MW. UNM and Wyoming are currently tied with Boise State at 6-9 in the conference, all sitting in the coveted sixth place in the standings and one match behind Nevada.

Wyoming has lost its last four matches, the latest being a five-set loss at home to Air Force on Thursday. UW is 3-10 at home, 3-2 in three sets, 4-11 in four sets and 3-4 in five sets.

Naya Shime leads the team in kills at 270, followed by KC McMahon at 244. Kasia Partyka has accounted for 1070 of the team’s 1209 assists, and is averaging 9.82 assists per set. Partyka is one of two players with 20-plus service aces at 22, with Hailey Zuroske holding the team lead at 28. Zuroske also leads in digs with 404, and at the net, Tierney Barlow has the team high at 86 total blocks (14 solo, 72 assisted).

Following Saturday’s match, the Lobos return home for the final two matches of the MW schedule, set to host Utah State and Boise State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.