Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
MOSCOW, ID - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell to Idaho 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 29-31) in Moscow, Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 29.
The Aggies, who fall to 13-8 overall and 8-3 in Western Athletic Conference play, posted a .176 hitting percentage compared to Idaho's .168 hitting percentage. NM State also had more kills than Idaho 63-45. NM State had 35 attack errors and 15 service errors, which was the difference of the match.
Junior Kayleigh Giddens (Lubbock, Texas) had a match-high 18 kills, while junior Whitney Woods (Midland, Texas) added 14 and sophomore Kelsey Brennan (Monroe, Wash.) tallied 12.
The Aggies out dug Idaho 62-51 as sophomore Kelsi Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the way as she tied for the match-high of 15 digs. Sophomore setter Jennah DeVries (Denver, Colo.) was one dig short of a double-double as she posted a match-high 54 assists on the night.
In a set that saw 11 ties and five lead changes, the Aggies fell 25-21 as they were held to a .094 hitting percentage. Giddens posted a set-high eight kills as she hit .286. NM State had more kills than the Vandals but posted 10 attack errors and six service errors which led to the loss.
It was 25-21 again in set two, but this time it was NM State who came out victorious. Both Brennan and Giddens marked four kills a piece while senior Erin Birmingham (Riverside, Mo.) had three block assists. Idaho went up 6-3 but the Aggies came back and took the lead at 8-7. The Aggies wouldn't look back and took its largest lead at 22-16. The Vandals fought back and eventually pulled to within two at 23-21 but the Aggies hung tough to win 25-21.
It was another tight set with nine ties and seven lead changes but the Vandals had took the last lead change to win 25-23. The last tie of the set game at 23 all when Giddens marked her fourth kill of the set and 16th in the match. DeVries posted 13 kills on the set to go along with a kill while Phillips tallied her 10th dig of the match making it the 17th time this season she has marked at least 10 digs in a match.
Although NM State fell 31-29 in set four, it could be considered the most exciting set of the season. There were 12 ties and four lead changes in a set where NM State had a 16-12 lead at one moment. The Vandals stayed in the set and eventually tied it up at 22 all to force an Aggie timeout. The set was tied at 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but two straight NM State errors led to the loss.
NM State travels to Logan, Utah taking on Utah State, Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The match is set for 7 p.m. (MT) with live stats available at www.NMStateSports.com.