The Aggie volleyball team fought off set points in the first two sets to earn a sweep over Nevada last night and put themselves in to prime position heading into the second half of the league schedule. The Aggies used the three wins this weekend to put some separation between themselves and the remaining seven teams in the league while also keeping pace with Hawai'i. The Aggies will face Nevada again on Thursday night with a chance put three games between themselves and Nevada in the loss column.
While she won't likely get Player of the Week honors in the WAC, the Aggies' got an outstanding performance from freshman Rocio Gutierrez in the final two matches of the weekend. Gutierrez provided some consistency at the second outside hitter position behind Kayleigh Giddens. Gutierrez had 21 kills on 47 and just three attack errors for a .383 hitting percentage which is outstanding for an any outside hitter but especially for a freshman outside hitter.
Middle blocker Kelsey Brennan is the Aggies' other strong candidate to earn WAC player of the Week honors. Brennan finished with 33 kills on 58 swings with just six attack errors to post a .456 hitting percentage. She also finished with 11 block assists and one solo block.
The Aggie soccer team suffered a tough loss to San Jose State yesterday afternoon. The Aggies are tied with Fresno State and Nevada with three points and trail next Sunday's opponent, Hawai'i, who has four points. The four teams are battling for one spot in the conference tournament. The Aggies must win their final two matches against Hawai'i and Louisiana Tech.
On to today's links...
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' sweep.
The Nevada athletic website recaps the Aggies' sweep.
The SJSU athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss to the Spartans.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the Aggies are hoping that the positives they've seen will carry over to the second half of the season.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his thoughts following Saturday's loss to Fresno State.
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