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Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Boise State To Advance To WAC Tournament Championship Match | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Boise State To Advance To WAC Tournament Championship Match

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Erin BirminghamThe Aggie volleyball team used a second set comeback victory to sweep Boise State 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 and advance to the WAC Tournament championship match where they'll have a rematch against No. 3 Hawai'i on Wednesday night.

The Aggies dominated the first set 25-16 as they finished the set with 15 kills and only four attack errors to hit .367. Kayleigh Giddens and Krista Altermatt led the way for the Aggies in the first set with four kills apiece. Altermatt hit .500 in the set finished with no errors in eight attacks.

Set two saw the Aggies fall behind in the match and find themselves facing five set points as they trailed 24-19. After a Kelli Goodan block gave the Aggies a side out, Erin Birmingham began a run on serve and the Aggies picked up the come-from-behind victory winning 26-24.

The third set was all Aggies as NM State used the momentum from their set two victory to propel them to a dominant 25-10 set three win. The Aggies hit .632 in the set recording 14 kills on 19 swings with just two hitting errors and held Boise State to just four kills and forced seven attack errors on 23 swings for a -.130 hitting percentage.

The Aggie middle hitters dominated the match as senior Second Team All-WAC selection Erin Birmingham recorded eight kills on nine attacks for an .889 hitting percentage and added three digs and three block assists. Sophomore First Team All-WAC selection Kelsey Brennan finished with eight kills on 10 swings for an .800 hitting percentage. She added a solo block and two block assists. Kayleigh Giddens led all Aggies with 13 kills on 33 swings with six attack errors for a .212 hitting percentage. She added nine digs and a block assist. Krista Altermatt put together one of her most efficient performances of the season recording eight kills on 14 swings with just two attack errors for a .429 hitting percentage. She also had one assist, one service ace, eight digs, one solo block and one block assist. Sophomore First Team All-WAC setter Jennah DeVries finished the match with 37 assists, six digs and three kills.

After putting down eight kills against Boise State on Monday night, the Aggies shut out freshman Bronco setter Breann Nesselhuf. She finished with no kills on five attacks and had three hitting errors. She also did not record a dig after getting seven against Idaho and had three ball handling errors. And just one night after having four Bronco players with 10 or more kills Boise State did not have a single player reach double-figures in kills as the Broncos' Elizabeth Griffin led the way for BSU finishing with nine kills and five errors. Liz Harden finished with five kills, Alisha Young had four kills and Sadie Maughan had three kills but also had three hitting errors. Amanda Remy who did not play against the Aggies in the second meeting was held to just three kills after recoring 13 against Idaho.

The Aggies will face Hawai'i who is ranked No. 3 in the country on Wednesday night for the WAC Championship and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.