Altermatt Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference office named sophomore Krista Altermatt of the New Mexico State volleyball team WAC Player of the week on Monday, September 17 for her great play during the week of September 10-16.

Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) had a career night against Fresno State to help the Aggies to a sweep in a conference opener. Head coach Mike Jordan was pleased with the growth of the sophomore outside hitter.

"Krista (Altermatt) played well, and she's getting better as the season goes on," Jordan said. "She would have been a starter for us last season if she was healthy, and now she is an she's playing pretty well and I'm happy for her."

She returned to her home state and dominated, setting new career highs for herself in kills with 21 and hitting percentage finishing the night with a .594 hitting percentage. Game one saw Altermatt come out swinging as she batted down nine kills and hit .750 on twelve attacks. Altermatt continued her stellar conference play against Nevada on Saturday, Sept.15, with 16 kills and 13 digs for her third double-double of the year. The sophomore ended the week hitting .397 with 43 kills and 30 digs. She averaged 4.78 kills per game last week, while she averages 3.18 kpg this season.

"I was really excited to play in Fresno because it was close to home for me and I got to play in front of my parents, who I don't really get to do too often," Altermatt said. "Getting player of the week is awesome, especially it has been one of the goals I have set for myself since I started playing college volleyball."

Altermatt helped the Aggies to three straight sweeps from September 10-16, including wins over UTEP, Fresno State and Nevada

The Aggies started 2-0 in conference play and will continue WAC play on Thursday, September 20 against Utah State at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. before taking on No. 13 Hawai'i at home.