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Aggie volleyball wins ninth straight

LAS CRUCES New Mexico State (15-4, 5-0 WAC) notched its fourth straight sweep with a 25-19, 25-17, 27-25 volleyball win over UT Rio Grande Valley (12-7, 3-2 WAC) on Saturday at the Pan Am Center. The Aggies have now won nine straight matches and hold a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference.

Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas paced the Aggies with 11 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Tatyana Battle contributed nine kills and a block, while junior Kassandra Tohm put up eight kills and four blocks. Redshirt freshman Megan Hart tied her career high with six kills, and added three blocks.

“I thought we did a lot of really good things today,” said NMSU head coach Mike Jordan. “I didn’t like the way we served it in the last set. We served it kind of lame and they were in system a lot. We played really good defense for the most part. I thought we attacked the ball really well in the middle and on the right as well. I loved the way we set the ball today. We located really well, probably better than we have in the last little bit. All in all, it was a really good win.”

The Aggies are back in action on Thursday as they host UMKC at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies on Saturday took a 5-3 lead in the opening set. At its height, NMSU pushed the lead to 18-11 and then 20-12 before taking the set 25-19.

The second set began a little tighter. NMSU took the lead to stay at 7-6, and proceeded to go on an 8-3 run to push the lead to 15-9. The Aggies eventually claimed the set 25-17.

After the break, the Vaqueros took a 6-2 lead in the third set. UTRGV would hold the lead until the Aggies tied it at 13-13. From there, things were tightly contested with NMSU breaking away at 17-15. The Aggies held the lead until the Vaqueros tied it at 22-22. Both teams traded points for the remainder of the match. NMSU was able to hold off UTRGV to seal the win with a 27-25 decision in the final set.

Box score: NMSU 3, UTRGV 0