Aggie Volleyball Cruises To Road Sweep Of San Jose State

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team used a dominating performance by Kayleigh Giddens who finished with a match-high 20 kills to cruise to their 17th consecutive victory over the Spartans and improve to 3-1 in the WAC and 9-9 overall. The Aggies easily won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14 and held off the Spartans 25-20 in the third set for the sweep.

The Aggies trailed early in set one 5-3 but turned on the afterburners tying the set at 7-7 and winning seven of the next six of the next seven points to take a 13-8 lead. After a Kayleigh Giddens attack was blocked by San Jose State's Sarah McAtee and Alex Akana to cut the Aggies' lead to 15-10, New Mexico State would go on a 7-0 run fueled by Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods behind tough serving by setter Jennah DeVries.

Giddens would record two kills and a solo block while Woods would get a kill and a block along with freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. DeVries' strong service was highlighted with a service ace during the run. The Aggies would finish off the set winning 25-13 when SJSU's Caitlin Andre committed a service error.

The Aggies would continue their domination in the second set as they led from start to finish jumping out quickly to a 5-0 lead behind kills from Desiree Scott and a pair from Kayleigh Giddens and again highlighted by tough serving by Jennah DeVries.

The Spartans would trim the Aggies' lead to 10-6 on a service ace by Asia Casino but the Aggies would respond with a 5-1 run to take a 15-7 lead. The Aggies would push their lead to 11 points at 20-9 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens and would finish out the set with a block by Kelsey Brennan and Amanda Tonga for a 25-14 set victory.

The third set saw the Spartans hang tough early as they would trail just 5-4 after a kill by Taylor Japhet. The Aggies would push their lead out to three points after a kill by Amanda Tonga was followed by an attack error by SJSU's Hanah Blume.

The Aggies would maintain a three point advantage at 11-8 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. The Spartans would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 17-16 and then tied the set at 17-17 but the Aggies would respond with kills by Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods along with a block of a Spartan attack to forge ahead 20-17. The Aggies would go on to win the set 25-20.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Fresno State in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs defeated Louisiana Tech on Thursday night to improve to 2-3 in league play. The match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. MT first serve.