New Mexico was swept by Colorado State and Wyoming this past week.
UNM started a new lineup at Wyoming, but the Lobos still fell 0-3 on Saturday as they had on Thursday against CSU. Middle blocker Simone Henderson started at outside hitter, Mercedes Pacheco at libero, and Cassie House was put into the front row late in the match.
The moves weren’t enough to kick start UNM’s offense.
“We keep trying things to mix things up because at times we’ve had streaky performances that have caused us to do it,” head coach Jeff Nelson said in a statement. “... but I did like what we did today with both lineups.”
Despite the moves, UNM (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West) couldn’t keep up with Wyoming (15-3, 5-1 MW). The Lobos lost 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 to the Cowgirls.
“We have to get more output across the board,” Nelson said. “We’re getting performances from one or two people at a time, but we’re playing teams that are top-25, so we (have) got to have more people step up.”
House earned 11 kills, and setter Hannah Johnson had a double-double for UNM with 31 assists and 18 digs.
UNM hit just .185 compared to Wyoming’s .303.
Against CSU on Thursday, UNM started Julia Warren at libero, but that move didn’t help the Lobos in the loss. The set scores were 25-22, 25-16, 25-19.
“Colorado State is a good team,” Nelson said in a release from that game. “They did a lot of really good things. But we struggled. We struggled on our right and we struggled with some of our left-side attacks. ... We’re just making too many errors.”
Johnson paced UNM with 24 digs against the Rams.
Thomas Romero-Salas is the sports editor for the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ThomasRomeroS.
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