Aggie Volleyball Defeats San Jose State 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Jennah DeVries and junior Kayleigh Giddens set career-highs as the New Mexico State volleyball team defeated San Jose State 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23) in the Pan American Center, Saturday, Oct. 24.

DeVries (Denver, Colo.) marked a career-high five kills while hitting a career-high .714 hitting percentage and added a match-high 46 assists. Giddens (Lubbock, Texas) tallied a career-high 24 kills while hitting .435, committing only four errors on 46 assists.

"She (Giddens) played well today," head coach Mike Jordan said.

Giddens marked her fourth double-double of the season as she added a match-high 13 digs while sophomore Kelsi Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had 11 digs and DeVries tallied 10.  There were four service aces on the afternoon with Giddens serving up two of them.
The Aggies dropped set one 25-23 as SJSU outhit NM State .321-.132.  The Aggies gave up 12 points to the Spartans committing 11 attack errors and one service error, although they had more kills than SJSU.

The Aggies got a wake up call in set two when coach Jordan picked up a red card to take the score to 17-14 in favor of NM State.  The Crimson defense allowed only two more points winning 25-16. 

"I got kicked the card out of frustration of my team more than the officiating," Jordan said.  "I was just upset with my team and we needed to get fired up."

Senior Kelli Goodan (Des Moines, N.M.) added a spark in set three posting four kills in the set to lead the Aggies to a 25-17 victory.  The set was tied at one, two, three and four before going on a 10-4 run which was topped off by a Giddens kill.  The Aggies also posted three total team blocks to defeat the Spartans.

"Kelli Goodan did a great job coming in and getting us going in that third set," Jordan said.
Set four saw 10 ties and four lead changes but NM State handled the pressure to win 25-23.  The Aggies played great defense out-digging the Spartans 22-16 with Giddens, sophomore Bryanna Brown (Albuquerque, N.M.) and freshman Stephanie Ziegler (Tucson, Ariz.) each adding five digs a piece.  Ziegler finished the afternoon with four kills and 10 digs as the Aggies took their record to 13-7 overall and 8-2 in WAC play.

The Aggie head back out on the road to take on Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 29 at 8p.m. (MT).