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Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Utah State 3-0 In Logan, UT | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Utah State 3-0 In Logan, UT

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Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LOGAN, UT – For the second straight year the New Mexico State volleyball team (10-7, 5-1) played and defeated Utah State on the date of October 4. This time NMSU swept the Aggies from Utah (25-19, 25-21, 25-22) at Dee Glen Spectrum in Logan, Utah.

Senior Lindsey Yon has been the constant for NMSU in 2008 and was the leader for the Aggies as she tallied a match-high 20 kills and had a near double-double as she added eight digs on the evening. Yon hit the ball accurately as she hit .366 on 41 attempts. Head coach Mike Jordan knows what type of production he can get from Yon when she puts in the kind of effort she did against USU.

"She was an all-American tonight, and it’s a good thing she’s on our team," Jordan said. "She not only hit the ball well, but she worked hard and passed fantastic."

Defensively, NMSU marked 12 team blocks compared to USU’s three. Junior middle hitter Erin Birmingham was the defensive leader as she was in on nine of those blocks. Birmingham also slammed down four kills on six attempts and had no errors.

"Erin (Birmingham) works hard in the middle and she continues to improve," Jordan said. "We worked on her attack in practice and we made some small adjustments which seem to help."

Senior libero Krystal Torres was all over the court as she dug up a match-high 17 balls, while she added five assists and one service ace. NMSU ran the 6-2 offense once again and senior Alyssa Gintant had 20 assists to go along with freshman Jennah DeVries’s 17.

Set one saw six ties and two lead changes but the NMSU was able to pull away with a 25-19 victory. The southern Aggies hit .353 as a team and were led by Yon who had six kills while Erin Birmingham had four block assists on the defensive side of the net

NMSU had the lead at 8-7 but the set would be tied at 11, 14 and 15 before NMSU went on a 5-1 run. The Aggies closed it out with kills from Yon and Simpson, along with some great blocking in the middle.

Set two also saw six ties but with five more team blocks by NMSU, the Aggies from the south won 25-21. Yon got the Aggie offense going in set two when she got her seventh kill of the evening. NMSU fell behind at 9-8 but immediately tied it up at nine. The Aggies from Las Cruces wouldn’t lose the lead again although the set was tied again at 16-16. NMSU went on a 5-1 run that was headed by four kills from Yon. After Yon got her 14th kill of the match, USU wrapped up the second set for NMSU with an attack error.

The third set was tied at one, six, seven, eight and eleven when USU went on a 5-0 run and took a two point lead at 13-11. NMSU caught some moment which came from the arm of Yon as she picked up yet another kill. When Krystal Torres got her 11th ace of the season, NMSU went up 21-18, which forced USU to take a time out. NMSU finished the match with a kill from Yon to win 25-22.

The Aggies now get set for a rematch with No. 7 Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Sunday, Oct. 12 with first serve set for 9:00 p.m. (MST). The match will be broadcast in Las Cruces at KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.