Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
RENO, NV - The New Mexico State volleyball started conference play off with two sweeps after they beat Nevada 3-0 (30-25, 30-21, 30-27) at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, September 15.
Junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) led the way for the Aggies with 18 kills and sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) continued her stellar conference play with 16 kills and 13 digs for her third double-double of the year. Head coach Mike Jordan was very pleased with his two outside hitters in the match.
"We're happy to pick up some conference road wins, especially in Nevada, because we haven't won here for a while," Jordan said. "Krista (Altematt) and Lindsey (Yon) made some good plays for us to help pick up the win today."
NMSU hadn't beaten Nevada in Reno since joining the WAC.
On the defensive end of the court, junior Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) was joined by Altermatt to lead with 13 digs each. Senior Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS) was dominating with 10 total blocks.
Yon started off hot in game one with 9 kills followed by Altermatt who had seven. It was back and forth for NMSU before junior setter Alyssa Gintant (Libertyville, Ill.) tied the game up at 14 a piece when she dumped a ball over the net for a kill. The Aggies took a 17-16 when Yon when put up a huge solo block, which was the first NMSU lead of the game since the score was 3-2. After an Altermatt kill to take the 21-20 lead, the Aggies score four more straight points to lead 25-20, eventually winning the game 30-25.
Yon picked up where she left off starting game two with the first two kills of the game giving NSMU an early 2-0 lead. Nevada would come back in it and it would go back and forth before Altermatt gave the Aggies some momentum with two straight aces and a 13-11 lead. With Altermatt leading the way with four kills in the second game, the Aggies won 30-21.
NMSU took an early 2-1 in game three lead off a Yon kill, but Nevada came with lots of momentum to take the lead back, up until senior middle blocker Oguh blocked an hard hit ball by a Nevada outside hitter to tie the game at 15 each. After a double block from Oguh and Anna Callis, Oguh added another kill to take the score to 17-15. The Aggies kept the momentum to pull away and win 30-27.
"It's been four straight weeks of playing on the road, so were pretty excited to go back home and play in front our home crowd," Jordan said.
The Aggies will continue WAC play on Thursday, September 20 when they host Utah State, before taking on nationally ranked Hawai'i on Saturday, September 22 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.