Torres Makes History As NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Fresno State

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (6-6, 1-0 WAC) senior libero Krystal Torres broke the all-time career dig record as the Aggies swept Fresno State (3-7, 0-1 WAC), 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-20), Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Pan American Center.

Torres' game-high 17 dig effort sprung her overall career record to 1,597, breaking Vanessa White's 19-year old record of 1,594.

Head coach Mike Jordan said he was very proud of Torres for breaking the record which was held for almost two decades.

"Krystal is an amazing athlete. She has worked really hard and deserves everything she earns," Jordan said. "Everyone played hard tonight. I really think our pre-conference schedule was good for us."

Senior outside hitter Lindsey Yon led the Aggies' offense with a game-high 12 kills, while sophomore Krista Altermatt added nine kills.

Senior Amber Simpson recorded a game-high eight blocks, which ties her season-best and setters senior Alyssa Gintant and freshman Jennah Devries equally spilt 36 assists.

In set one NMSU and Fresno State tied it up three times before the Aggies went on a 10-4 run to swing ahead of the Bulldogs, 16-10. A kill from junior middle Erin Birminghan and sophomore outside hitters Kelli Goodan and Krista Altermatt would push the Aggies to a 25-16 victory over FSU. Yon and Goodan split eight kills in the first set, while Gintant supplied the team with eight assists.

Set two had a similar start to set one, as the Aggies and Bulldogs equaled the score four times until they reached 6-6, when Altermatt sparked a service rally that rolled NMSU ahead, 16-9. More strong serving by Torres and Yon, plus a strong front line would give NMSU set two, 25-15. A trio of Crimson and White, Yon, Woods and Altermatt recorded three kills a piece, while Simpson recorded three blocks in the second set.

The third set saw the Bulldogs take an early 4-2 lead, but as the set continued the Aggies tied it up at 6-6 and then again at 19-19 as the two teams changed leads a total of nine times through the course of play. Yon finally ended the game with monster kill, 25-20.

NMSU is back in action, Saturday, Sept. 20, as they go head-to-head with Nevada at 7:00 p.m.