UNM volleyball falls in five sets

Sep. 2—The University of New Mexico volleyball team ran out of comebacks Saturday, falling 3-2 to hot-serving Utah Tech in the Lobo Invitational finale at the Pit.

UNM (4-2) needed several big rallies just to force a fifth set but could not muster a final charge, as the Trailblazers (3-3) prevailed by set scores of 25-27, 25-14, 26-24, 16-25, 15-9.

Kaitlynn Biassou and Kali Wolf posted 12 kills apiece and double-digit digs for UNM, but the Lobos were unable to consistently handle Utah Tech's service game. The Trailblazers had 11 aces, forced 11 UNM reception errors and kept the Lobos' attack off balance throughout.

UNM fought off three set points to win set one, rallied from a 22-18 hole to tie the third set at 24 before falling, and seemed to have the momentum after rallying from an 8-0 deficit to win set four. But consecutive aces by Taylor Snow and some key Lobos hitting errors helped Utah Tech take charge of the fifth set.

UNM, which swept St. John's 3-0 on Friday night, had just a .105 attack percentage and was outblocked 11-5 Saturday. The Lobos open play in the North Dakota Classic on Thursday.