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Aggie Volleyball Swept By No. 6 Hawai'i | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggie Volleyball Swept By No. 6 Hawai'i

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Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball was swept 3-0 by the visiting No. 6 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine on Wednesday night in the Pan American Center. The Aggies played close with the Wahine in the first set before Hawai'i pulled away winning the first set 25-16. The Wahine would win the next two sets by identical scores of 25-14. Hawai'i sophomore middle blocker Brittany Hewitt dominated the Aggies finishing with 11 kills on 12 swings hitting .917 breaking the Hawai'i school record for hitting percentage of .867. Hewitt also caused problems for the Aggie blockers as she finished with five block assists as the Aggies were outblocked 7-0. "Give Hawai'i all the credit in the world, they're doing what they need to do. Just 10 attack errors in three games, we didn't block a dang ball the whole time." said head coach Mike Jordan after the match.

The Aggies started off strong against the Wahine as they lead early 5-4 after a kill by freshman outside hitter Amanda Tonga. The two teams would trade the lead back and forth with Hawai'i holding a slim 11-0 lead after a kill by Whitney Woods. The Wahine would go ahead 15-12 on a service error by freshman Rocio Gutierrez but the Aggies would pull to within two at 15-13 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. The Wahine took a four point lead at 18-14 on a kill from Kanani Danielson but the Aggies would respond by cutting the lead to two points at 18-16 on a kill by Whitney Woods and an attack error from Kanani Danielson. However, the Wahine would buckle down and score the set's final seven points to take a 25-16 set victory.

"We played really well in the beginning of games for the most part except for game three and were point for point for a little while and then they'd go on a run and we'd cave in," said Coach Jordan.

The Aggies hung tough again in set two as they lead the Wahine 4-2 early. However, Hawai'i would go on a 6-0 run to grab an 8-4 lead forcing the Aggies to call a timeout. The Aggies would trim the lead to three at 11-8 after an attack error by Kanani Danielson, however, the Wahine would outpace the Aggies 10-3 to take a 21-11 lead. The Aggies would get kills from Kelsey Brennan, Whitney Woods and Kayleigh Giddens, however, Hawai'i would close out the set 25-14 on a lift violation called on setter Jennah DeVries.

Set three saw the Wahine lead the Aggies from start to finish as the Aggies would trail by just one at 5-4 after a service error by Brittany Hewitt, however, a 5-0 run would push the Aggies' deficit to six points at 10-4. The Aggies would cut the lead down to four points at 12-8 after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens but the Wahine would put together a 6-1 run to go ahead by nine points at 18-9. The Aggies would score five more points in the set, however, the Wahine would score seven points taking the set 25-14.

The Aggies were led offensively by Kayleigh Giddens who finished with a team-high 12 kills and was the only Aggie in double-digit kills. "She did a good job attacking the volleyball tonight," said Coach Jordan. "Some of her errors came out of system and she was trying to be aggressive so that's no big deal there. She did what she could," said Coach Jordan. "We've really got to three pass more and give her better opportunities." Giddens finished with seven attack errors and hit .119 for the match.

Aggie middle blocker Kelsey Brennan finished with six kills on 12 swings with two attack errors hitting .333 for the match. Whitney Woods added six kills but also recorded six attack errors on 20 swings and hit .000 on the evening. Freshman outside hitter Amanda Tonga saw extended minutes and finished with three kills but had five attack errors on 14 swings and hit -.143 for the match.

"Some of our other players just had just had terrible offensive nights and made way too many mistakes."

Hawai'i was led by middle blocker Brittany Hewitt and Chanteal Satele who each finished with 11 kills. Outside hitter Kanani Danielson finished with nine kills and five attack errors on 27 swings and hit just .148 for the match. Emily Harton, a middle blocker for the Wahine finished with five kills on six swings and hit .833 for the match. The Aggies were outblocked 7-0 and outdug 48-27. The Wahine outhit the Aggies .383 to .078 on the match as the Aggies finished with 29 kills but tallied 21 attack errors. Hawai'i finished with 41 kills but just 10 attack errors on the night.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday when they host Arizona at 5:30 p.m. MT. The match will be aired on AggieVision.