Volleyball Falls To New Mexico In Regular Season Finale
Nov. 16, 2002
ALBUQUERQUE - The UNLV volleyball team dropped its final regular season match to New Mexico 3-2 (30-28, 30-24, 21-30, 25-30, 18-20) in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday night. The loss drops the Rebels to 6-8 in Mountain West Conference play and gives them the fifth seed heading into the conference tournament on Thursday. UNLV will play fourth-seeded BYU with the match time yet to be determined. UNLV and BYU split a pair of matches during the regular season, each team winning at home.
It took five extra points in the fifth game to determine a winner on Saturday night. The Lobos out-hit the Rebels .218 to .147 with six player reaching double-digit kills.
Nina Franchini led the team with 18 digs, playing at the libero spot. New Mexico was led by Anna Reines' 27 kills and four blocks. UNLV travels to Colorado State for the start of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday. The winner receives and automatic bid
into the NCAA Championships.