No. 22 New Mexico State Finishes Road Trip With Sweep Over Spartans

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

SAN JOSE, CA - The No. 22 New Mexico State volleyball team finished the three game road trip with a sweep over San Jose State (30-22, 30-28, 30-28) in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 6.

NMSU was led offensively by sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and junior Lindsey Yon with 14 kills each, while junior Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) was the defensive leader with another 20 kills.

“Our hitters played pretty well, although they got off to a slow start, and they hit the ball hard and were able to find some spots on the court,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “Krytal play great tonight stepped up for us to make some great plays.”

Junior setter Alyssa Gintant (Libertyville, Ill.) chipped in 26 assists, while freshman Brynja Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa) had 19.

SJSU came out on a 4-1 run in game one, but NMSU was able to tie game one 4-4 off an Altermatt kill. The game was tied at five, six and seven before the Aggies took a 10-7 lead during a four point run. With a 24-21 lead, NMSU went on another four point run to go ahead 28-22 before Oguh came up with her ninth block of the season to win 30-22.

The Aggies were down 3-2 early in game two when they went on a 6-0 run that included two service aces by Torres to go up 8-3. SJSU went on their own 11-3 run to take a 15-11 lead, but the Aggies fought back to tie the game up at 22. After the game was tied for the seventh time at 25-25, the Spartans came up with two straight kills to take a two point lead, but NMSU would tie it up again at 28. Off a 5-1 run at the end of the game, the Aggies won 30-28.

NMSU was down 11-4 early but never gave up as they came back to take a 17-15 lead. The Spartans stayed in it and tied the game at 18, 19, 20, and 21 before taking a 24-21 lead. The Aggies tied at 28-28 when Yon came up with two straight big kills before Altermatt got an ace to end the game 30-28. By the time game three was done, the Aggies already had three players with double-digit kills, including Altermatt, Oguh and Yon.

NMSU goes to 16-3 overall while sitting in second place in the WAC at 7-1, and the Spartans fall to 1-5 in WAC play. Next up for the Aggies will be a home match against Louisiana Tech, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.