Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The No. 22 New Mexico State volleyball team came up with a season high 11 aces to beat Utah 3-1 (30-21, 30-23, 23-30, 30-23) at Crimson Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Junior Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) and senior Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS) led the way with three service aces a piece.
"This was probably our best serving match of the year," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Kim has been solid all year and Krystal also did well. We're improving at the service line and it seems like were starting to get more comfortable at it."
Torres also led the Aggies defensively with 26 digs while chipping in with three assists. Oguh also came up with 12 kills on the night, hitting .276.
Sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) led NMSU offensively with 18 kills. She also had 10 digs for her seventh double-double and junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs. She also added two services aces.
It was the Aggies' serving that made the difference in game one as they had five service aces and no service errors compared to Utah, which had two service errors and no aces. Krystal Torres led the NMSU with two aces and seven digs, while Krista Altermatt added a team leading four kills in the first game. The Aggies won game one 30-21.
Utah kept it close at the beginning of game two, but the Aggies pulled away to take the largest lead of the game at 25-15 after Yon bolted down another kill. The Utes seemed to stay motivated as they cut the lead to 26-21 on a double block. NMSU finished game two with 13 kills to win 30-23.
NMSU kept it close in game three of the match as there were 10 ties. The Utes took their first lead of the game when a Utah hitter came up with a kill to take the score to 11-10. With 22 kills for the Utes in game three compared to NMSU’s 18, the Aggies dropped the game 30-23.
The Aggies were up as much as 27-16 but Utah fought back to get within five points before NMSU put the match away 30-23. NMSU out killed the Utes 18-8 and added two more aces.