Aggie Volleyball Falls To Sixth Ranked Texas

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - The New Mexico State volleyball team (4-1) fell to No. 6 Texas (2-2) 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-15) with junior Lindsey Yon leading the way at the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Yon (San Antonio, Texas) had 10 kills and six digs with four block assists in the three games, but that wasn't quite enough to defeat UT as the Aggies hurt themselves committing 31 attack errors and nine service errors. Head coach Mike Jordan emphasized before the game that his team would have to serve great to win this match.

"I'm very disappointed with how our team played, especially because we made errors that shouldn't have been made," Jordan said. "I think there are some things that we need to make adjustments on for this team to get where we want to be."

Sophomore Kelli Goodan (Des Moines, N.M.) did well off the bench for the Aggies with three kills and a .333 hitting percentage in the three games played on Saturday.

"Kelli (Goodan) did alright for us and she is improving," Jordan said. "I hope she continues to do some of the things she did today for us."

Game one started with a service error from NMSU, which was followed by a service error by Texas, but UT was able to control their serves whereas the Aggies seemed to make a few too many service errors with six in the game while UT had three. However, NMSU did continue to play tough and were able to tie the game at 16 a piece before UT pulled away to win 30-22. Yon led the way for the Aggies with four kills.

In game two, it was Yon again, along with Altermatt to lead the way for the Aggies with four kills each. It looked like NMSU was gaining some momentum when they got three straight kills, one from Oguh, Yon and Altermatt, to tie the game at 8-8. That's where UT pulled away from NMSU as they won the game 30-21. Callis hit a team high .400 in game two to go along with her three kills.

Freshman Whitney Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) served up one of two aces in game three but NMSU could come up with only three kills as they lost 30-15. The Aggies saw UT score 10 straight points at one time before the Longhorns eventually completed the sweep.

NMSU will take on the University of Houston in the final match of the tournament on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 11:00 a.m. (MDT). Live stats will be available for fans at www.nmstatesports.com and the game will be broadcast over KSNM 570 AM, although it will be tape delayed one hour and will begin at 12:00 p.m. (MDT).