Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
LINCOLN, NE - The New Mexico State volleyball team (7-2) took on No. 1 Nebraska (7-0), but couldn't put enough points together to get the victory as the Nebraska won 3-0 (30-17, 30-25, 30-22) at the Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.
Junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) led the way for NMSU with 17 kills and a .333 hitting percentage on the night. However, the Aggies had a little bit of trouble at the service line again with seven service errors on the night, compared to Nebraska's four service errors.
NMSU head coach Mike Jordan wanted better blocking from his front line, who only put up five blocks on the night, while Nebraska had 17.
"I think if we could have blocked a little better, we could have won a game or two," Jordan said. "We still need to serve better and block better so that we can get where I we can be."
The Aggies won the first point of the match but they would never gain the lead again in game one. NMSU tried to find some momentum with two great blocks in a row and squeezed the Nebraska lead to 27-16 but the Aggies ended up losing the 30-17. The Cornhuskers came out strong with 18 kills in game one while NMSU had 11 kills, led by Yon's and Anna Callis' (Corpus Christi, Texas) three kills a piece.
NMSU found their confidence in game two and scored the first two points. There were 12 ties in the game with the last tie at 19-19 before Nebraska got the win 30-25. The Aggies were led by Yon again as she had eight kills and an ace. Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS) and Callis added three more kills each for a team total of 20 kills in the game two, while Nebraska had 18 kills.
"We settled down after the first and we had some chances to win a couple of games," Jordan said.
With a rebounding kill by Yon, the Aggies were able to tie game three 10-10 and took a 14-12 lead after Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) came up with two consecutive kills. Altermatt ended the night with eight kills and eight digs. The Huskers would take the lead again when they had back-to-back blocks, which took the score to 16-14. That was all Nebraska needed to gain momentum and win 30-22.
Oguh and junior Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) earned spots on the all-tourney team for middle hitter and libero respectively. It was there second all-tourney selection of the season for both players.
NMSU will take on UTEP at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and will be televised by Aggie Vision.