LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State volleyball team picked up a sweep in their final home match of the season on Saturday. The Aggies defeated Seattle U 25-22, 25-13, 25-19, for their eighth-straight victory overall and their 13th-straight victory at the Pan American Center.
“The middles were a big part of our win today. They scored quite a bit when we needed them to,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I don’t think we played great offensively. Seattle U served the ball well, like usual. As a team, they have great length, which creates problems for people.”
How It Happened
NM State (19-7, 10-2 WAC) kept the opening set close with SU (9-16, 5-7 WAC) and the Aggies only led by a pair at the media timeout. New Mexico State battled back-and-forth with the Redhawks but after Seattle U tied the match 19-19, NM State surged ahead, gaining a 21-19 advantage. The lead was enough to keep the Aggies ahead and back-to-back kills by Kassandra Tohm closed out the 25-22 win.
New Mexico State kept its momentum going in the second set, jumping out to a six-point lead early in the set. The Aggies continued to dominate and with help from a four-point rally, NM State was on top 23-12. An ace by Briana Ainsworth sealed the win and New Mexico State claimed the second set 25-13.
In the third set, the Aggies jumped ahead 6-3 early, but SU evened the match with a three-point rally. NM State countered with a scoring run of its own, and three-straight scores for New Mexico State forced the Redhawks to take a timeout. The Aggies built up a six-point advantage, but a scoring drought for NM State put Seattle U within three. New Mexico State quickly bounced back and kills by Tohm and Megan Hart completed the sweep for the Aggies as they defeated the Redhawks 25-19 in the final set.
By the Numbers
NM State posted 46 kills and a .257 hitting clip. The squad also tallied 48 digs, 40 assists, six aces and nine blocks. Both Tatyana Battle and Briana Ainsworth recorded double-doubles in the match. Battle led the team with 14 kills while also posting 10 digs. Ainsworth recorded a team-high 19 assists, accompanied with 11 digs.
The Aggies are on the road for their final matches of the regular season. NM State takes on Grand Canyon on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. (MT) before taking on CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m.