Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) to the University of New Mexico in the Pan American Center, Tuesday, Oct. 13.
It was the first time UNM defeated the Aggies since Sept. 24, 2002. NM State now goes to 10-6 on the year, while the Lobos improve to 13-6. The Aggie were out hit .255 to .073 and out blocked 12-7.
"UNM played very well and we didn't pass the ball very good tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said.
Junior Whitney Woods (Midland, Texas) and sophomore Kelsey Brennan (Monroe, Wash.) marked a team-high nine kills each, while senior Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) added eight. Sophomore Kelsi Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a team-high 11 digs as Brennan led the way at the net with five block assists.
The Aggies hit .023 in set one and had 10 kills, while posting the same number of blocks as UNM. The Lobos went up 2-0 and never lost the lead winning 25-18. NM State pulled to within two at 12-10 on a block by Brennan and Altermatt, but couldn't hold on to the momentum.
In set two the Aggies posted another 10 kills but 11 errors led to a 25-21 loss. UNM went up 3-0 before NM State pulled to within at 7-5 when a Lobo hitter committed an error. The Aggies fought back and pulled to within two again at 23-21 when Woods hammered down a kill, but two consecutive errors by the Aggies gave UNM the victory.
Set three was a hard fought match that saw 12 ties and eight lead changes, although UNM came out on top 25-23. After ties at one, two, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 20, NM State took the lead when Altermatt served up her 16th ace of the season. The set was tied at 21 but Brennan gave NM State at 22-21 lead on a hard hit kill. Two consecutive attack errors by the Aggies gave UNM a two point lead, which the Lobos kept to the end.
NM State now heads out on the road facing San Jose State, Thursday, Oct. 15 in San Jose, Calif. The match is set for an 8 p.m. (MT) start and will air on the radio at KSNM AM 570.