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Jordan Picks Up Win No. 200, Aggies Defeat Houston 3-1

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Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - Junior Lindsey Yon led the New Mexico State volleyball team to victory once again as head coach Michael Jordan picked up win No. 200 with a 3-1 (30-20, 20-30, 30-21, 30-26) victory over the University of Houston at the Athletics/Alumni Center on Sunday, Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas.

Yon (San Antonio, Texas) had 17 kills and 11 digs to pick up a double-double and lead NMSU (5-1) to victory over the Cougars (1-3). Houston seemed like they were going to give the Aggies lots of trouble as they had nine service aces in the match.

"We took care of the ball a little better today, but there is always room to improve," Jordan said. "The players executed well and that helped us get the win today."

The NMSU volleyball team saw an error-free hitting game in the first game of the match and were led by Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS) and Yon, who had six kills each. Yon hit .857 while Oguh hit .600 in the game. Junior libero led the way defensively as she led NMSU with six digs in game one. The Aggies led by 11 points at one time and won the game 30-20.

"One of the big reasons we hit so well in the first game was because we didn’t have the big Texas block to deal with like we did yesterday," Jordan said.

Freshman Whitney Phillips got her first start as an Aggie and came up with the first point of the match as she smoked a ball down the line for a kill. She finished the day with five kills, four digs and an ace.

A much different Aggie team showed up on the court in game two. The game was tied 3-3 before the Cougars scored six straight points to take a demanding 9-3 lead. Houston would never look back as they led by as many as 10 points and won game two 30-20. Amber Simpson tried to keep the Aggies in it with five kills and one block assist. Another big difference in the second game was the Aggies had four service errors as opposed to Houston’s two service errors.

NMSU revised their look using a 6-2 to open up some different options to pick up a game win in game three. Yon led once again with four kills, while Callis and Simpson had three kills each. The game was tied 16-16 when the Aggies went on a seven point rally that was started by a Houston service error to take a 23-16 lead. NMSU eventually won 30-21.

Game four saw Oguh lead the way with six kills and two block assists, while Yon along with Amber Simpson (Quincy, Ill.) had five kills each. Simpson finished the match with 16 kills and hit a team high .480 in four games.

The Aggies will take on I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. with game time set for 7:00 p.m. (MDT). The match will be televised on local Comcast channels across the state of New Mexico and there will also be live stats and a recap of the game on the web at www.nmstatesports.com.