FORT WORTH – The 12th-ranked University of New Mexico beach volleyball team dropped its third straight match Saturday, 3-2 to Louisiana-Monroe, to close out the Cowtown Classic.
After falling to TCU and No. 1 USC on Friday to open the two-day event at the TCU Beach Volleyball Courts, the Lobos (16-7) continued to struggle in their early-morning match against the Warhawks (10-14).
“ULM played a great match. We were just a little inconsistent, which kept us under pressure,” UNM assistant coach Pauline Manser said. “We were exposed to a higher level of play all weekend, so we now have to reset and work harder in practice to play at a high level more consistently.”
The Lobos have lost three straight since an 11-game slide last season, the inaugural campaign for the program. This comes on the heels of a 13-1 streak from mid-March to mid-April, which included two undefeated weekends.
Eastyn Baleto and Marisa Doran put the Lobos on the board first as they defeated ULM’s Tara Jenkins & Claire Crossfield 21-16, 21-12 on the No. 4 court.
The win moves Lobo duo to 21-2 on the season with losses only to No. 6 Arizona and No. 1 USC.
UNM picked up its second point on the threes court, where Hannah Johnson and Julia Warren posted a win over Kaitlyn Shearer and Delaney Driver, 16-21, 21-16, 15-13.
Johnson and Warren’s win also broke a fascinating streak. Prior to Saturday, the duo’s record on any game day mirrored the team’s result.
New Mexico returns to action in two weeks as it heads to Baton Rouge, La., for five matches at the Battle on the Bayou. UNM will take on Tulane, New Orleans, Houston Baptist and host LSU before playing a rematch with TCU in its season finale.
BASEBALL: In San Jose, Calif., Tyler Stevens (5-2) allowed two runs over 72/3 innings, and Jared Holley went 3-for-5 and scored three runs as New Mexico defeated host San Jose State 6-2 in Mountain West Conference play.
Chris DeVito and Dalton Bowers each had two of the 12 hits for the Lobos (25-11, 13-4), who play the rubber game today at 2 p.m. SJSU fell to 11-23, 4-13.
• In Las Cruces, Justin Erlandson went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs as Utah Valley (19-16, 6-5) evened the Western Athletic Conference series by winning 7-4 over host New Mexico State (21-13, 9-2). The loss dropped the Aggies a half-game out of the league lead behind Seattle University, which hosted Grand Canyon late.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: In El Paso, the Lobos improved to 12-6 with a 4-1 win over UTEP (11-10). UNM won the doubles point thanks to victories by Emily Olivier and Dominique Dulski at No. 1 and Sharon Coone and Ludivine Burguiere at No. 3. Andrea LeBlanc, Dulski and Coone won singles matches for UNM. The defending Mountain West tournament champion Lobos put their five-match winning streak on the line against defending WAC champion New Mexico State in Las Cruces today at 10 a.m.
MEN’S TENNIS: In Las Cruces, New Mexico State (10-9) defeated Western New Mexico (13-9) 6-1 on Senior Day.
SOFTBALL: In Fort Collins, Colo., UNM’s series finale was postponed because of cold and snowy conditions. The two coaches will convene this morning and see if playing today is possible.
The Lobos (20-17) swept a Friday doubleheader over the Rams (18-19) 14-3 and 7-6.
• In Portales, Texas Woman’s University (30-17, 19-9 Lone Star) swept Eastern New Mexico 16-6 and 5-1. Greyhound catcher Kyra Sirag had a three-run homer and threw out four would-be base stealers in the opener. It was the final home outing for seniors Marlena Piñon, Morgan Green, Mariah Zerr and Sirag.
TRACK AND FIELD: In Azusa, Calif., New Mexico had 12 top-three finishes at the Bryan Clay Invitational, which concluded late Friday.
Markus Miller won the men’s high jump with a personal-best 6 feet, 10¾ inches. Sam Trigg triple-jumped a victorious and season-best 50-4¾, and Aasha Marler won the women’s long jump at 19-8¾.
Calli Thackery won the women’s 1,500 run in 4 minutes, 14.99 seconds, second best all-time at UNM. Teammate Sophie Connor was second (4:16.40). Alice Wright won the 5,000 in a meet record 16:01.80.
“As a whole, that’s the best trip to California we’ve ever had,” head coach Joe Franklin said as his team approaches the midpoint of the outdoor season.