Aggie Volleyball Team Opens WAC Play With A Win

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

FRESNO, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team opened up Western Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 (30-14, 30-18, 30-25) win over Fresno State at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Sophormore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) returned to her home state and just dominated as she set a new career high for herself in kills with 21 and hitting percentage finishing the night with a .594 hitting percentage. Head coach Mike Jordan was pleased with how the Aggies attacked as a team, hitting .386 on the night.

"We attacked them pretty hard and Krista did really well for us tonight,” Jordan said. "She executed really well.”

Game one saw Altermatt come out swinging as she batted down nine kills and hit .750 on twelve attacks. When the score the Aggies led 15-9 when junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) came up with a kill, followed by two consecutive kills from Altermatt before NMSU added three more points to take a 21-9 lead. With the Aggies hitting .553 in the game, they eventually won 30-14.

"We had some mismatches and we did really well noticing them and taking advantage of them,” Jordan said.

Yon led the way in game two with five kills while she added an ace to lead the Aggies to a 30-18 victory. Yon finished the night with 14 kills and 17 digs. Oguh also had an ace during a point in the match when NMSU scored nine straight points to take a 19-10 lead. Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) and Brynja Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa) also had an ace each four a total of four Aggies aces in the game.

The Aggies had a 10-3 lead, but it seemed like the Aggies became relaxed and Fresno State got back into the game and got within three points after a Fresno State kill, but senior Anna Callis (Corpus Christi, Texas) slammed down a dominate kill to give NMSU some momentum. Just when it looked like NMSU was going to put the match away, Fresno State got to within one at 25-24, but Altermatt put down kill No. 21 to be tied for fourth in kills in a three game match. The Aggies finally pulled away to win the final game 30-25.

The Aggies will continue Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they take on Nevada at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. (MDT) and fans will be able to follow along with live stats, a recap and box score of the match at