No. 22 New Mexico State Defeats Utah State 3-1

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LOGAN, UT - The No. 22 New Mexico State volleyball team beat the second Utah opponent in as many days as they beat Utah State 3-1 (30-24, 31-29, 19-30, 30-23) to take second in the Western Athletic Conference in Logan, Utah, Thursday, Oct. 4.

Sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) led the way for the Aggies both coming up with double-doubles on the night. Altermatt had 17 kills and 11 digs, while Yon had 16 kills and 10 digs.

"I feel fortunate that we picked up the win tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Utah State could be one of the best teams in the conference and we didn't play as well as we should have, but we got the victory."

Junior libero Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) played great once again with 26 digs on the match. She also had one service ace and five assists. As a team, NMSU came up with three aces.

Game one started close with USU in the lead 4-3 before NMSU went on a five point run to take a 8-4 lead. With USU out blocking NMSU, Lindsey Yon and Krista Altermatt added six and four kills respectively to out kills USU 18-15 as a team. The Aggies of New Mexico wrapped up game one with an ace by Krystal Torres to win 30-24.

USU went on a 7-1 run, with most of their points coming off blocks, which is expected since they lead the WAC in blocks. The Aggies would come back to get within three points at 12-9, but USU went on another run and took an 18-10 lead for their largest lead of the game. With NMSU putting their own four-point run together, they would cut the score to 19-16. NMSU had a seven point run that took them to a 26-24 lead before a huge block from Amber Simpson and Krista Altermatt to tie the game at 28 a piece. NMSU would win the game 31-29 on an error by a USU back row hitter.

"We shouldn't have been down that much in the first place, but it was a good thing we were able to pull off the victory," Jordan said.

USU seemed to have everything going in game three as they took a 20-8 lead after a 10-0 run. NMSU fought back tough to get back within six points at 25-19 but it just wasn't enough as USU won 30-19. USU dominated the net as they had seven total team blocks compared to NMSU's one team block.

NMSU scored the first two points of game four, but USU tied it up at 2-2. The Aggies took advantage of the USU service errors and hitting errors to win 30-23. NMSU took the lead at 4-2 and never looked back to take the game and the match.