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Aggie volleyball wins exhibition at Arizona

TUCSON  – The New Mexico State volleyball team started its 2021 campaign with a five-set exhibition win over Arizona on Saturday.

The Aggies showed no signs of rust in their first outing since Dec. 6, 2019, beating the Pac-12 foe by set scores of 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 14-25 and 25-19.

“We were a little nervous after not taking the court for so long, but I was pleased with what I saw for the most part,” New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan said in a statement from the school. “I thought we did a good job ball-handling, which was a concern coming into this match, and attacking for the most part… I’m glad we played a competitive match and were able to get five full sets in. Arizona is talented but young and inexperienced so it’s important we keep this win in perspective going forward.”

WAC preseason Player of the Year Savannah Davison led the way for New Mexico State with 17 kills on .209 hitting.

With junior outside hitter Cat Kelly out due to a lingering injury and first-team All-WAC middle blocker Julianna Salanoa opting out of the season due to conflicts with nursing school, a number of Aggie newcomers stepped up in their absence.

Shany Lipscomb, a junior transfer from Grossmont College, tallied 11 kills on .227 hitting. Freshman Victoria Barrett also impressed in her Aggie debut by racking up 14 kills on .258 hitting.

Senior setter Natalie Mikels facilitated the offense by adding 25 assists, while Long Beach State transfer Carly Aigner-Swesey contributed 24 of her own.

New Mexico State now turns its attention to WAC play with a pair of “home” matches against league newcomer Dixie State on Jan. 25 and 26 in Tucson. The home matches will be played out of state because of the public health order in New Mexico that restricts practice and play at the collegiate level.

 

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