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Lobos Fall to Cowgirls in Final Regular Season Match

LARAMIE, Wyo. – New Mexico Volleyball fell in straight sets (16-25, 25-27, 20-25) on the road to split the season series with Wyoming in its regular season finale Saturday at UniWyo Sports Complex.

Having already clinched a Mountain West Tournament berth after Thursday’s results, the Lobos conclude the regular season with an 18-11 overall record and 10-8 mark in conference play, matching the 2021 season for the best conference win percentage of Head Coach Jon Newman-Gonchar’s tenure. They finish tied for fourth in the MW standings with a No. 6 seed in the conference tournament.

The Mountain West Tournament is set for Nov. 22-24 at the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nev. In the opening round, the No. 6-seed Lobos will get a third matchup against the No. 3-seed UNLV Rebels, who they swept the regular season series with in a total of seven sets. The winner of that match takes on No. 2-seed Colorado State at 5 p.m. MT on Nov. 23.

That opening-round matchup is set for 5 p.m. MT on Nov. 22. The match will be broadcast via the MW Network, with live stats available via — follow @UNMLoboVB on socials for scores, highlights, gameday content and more.

Kaitlynn Biassou led the Lobos with 10 kills – her sixth consecutive match with double-digit kills and her 14th in her last 15. She added six digs and a block assist to that total.

Three other Lobos recorded eight or more digs – Kali Wolf (8), Uxue Guereca (13) and Melissa Walden (11). Walden finished with a double-double, producing 27 assists at a .314 clip. Wolf backed up Biassou’s performance with seven kills, with Guereca adding six.

Elizabeth Woods hit a team-high .400, finishing with five kills. Athina Dimitriadis added two more along with a team-high two solo blocks and three block assists.

17 kills from the Cowgirls in the opening set was too much to overcome for the Lobos, who were held to a season-low six kills on .000 hitting in that span en route to a 16-25 set loss. UNM improved to .256 hitting in the second frame, getting four kills each from Biassou and Guereca – but the Cowgirls rallied from down 21-18 to tie things up late and force extra points, stealing the set to put the Lobos in an 0-2 hole for the second time this week.

UNM battled through another tight set in the third that saw 13 ties and four lead changes, but a 5-0 run turned a one-point UNM lead into a deficit they couldn’t rally from as the Cowgirls closed out the sweep.