PHOENIX – The New Mexico State women’s volleyball team hit a red-hot .388 and ran its win streak to 15 matches and clinched its fourth Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship in the last five seasons with an 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 sweep at Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon. This is the Aggies’ sixth WAC regular-season championship under head coach Mike Jordan.
The Aggies (23-3, 13-0) raced out to a 4-1 lead in set one before GCU brought it back to tie up at nine. The rest of the set was a battle as both sides traded points, and the lead, until NM State found itself ahead 23-22. Then, Savannah Davison and Megan Hart hit back-to-back kills to give the Aggies the first set 25-22.
New Mexico State rode that momentum into the second, starting things off with a monster kill from Julianna Salanoa. However, the Lopes continued to battle and only trail 15-13 at the media timeout. However, NM States cored three-straight, with a kill from Hart and an ace from Halle Razo to stretch its lead to 18-13. The Lopes came back though and made it 23-20 late in the set. Then, Hart smashed a kill and Krysten Garrison served up an ace for a 25-20 Aggie win in set two.
After a kill from Salanoa started the third set, the Lopes scored the next three points to make it 3-1 before NM State went on a 4-0 run of its own. The two teams traded points with the Aggies trailing 15-13 at the media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, NM State went on a quick -0 run with kills from Savannah Davison, Hart and Garrison for a 17-15 lead. However, Grand Canyon was able to tie the set at 19. Then, New Mexico State found itself on set point, 24-21. After a kill from GCU, Davison finished the match-winning kill off the assist from Mikels for a 25-22 victory in the third set and a 3-0 sweep.
The win clinched the WAC regular-season championship and the number one seed at the WAC tournament. This is NMSU’s fourth WAC championship in the last five years.