#13 NMSU Continues To Roll In WAC Play

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

RUSTON, LA - The No. 13 New Mexico State volleyball team continued their winning ways, as they beat Louisiana Tech 30-21, 29-31, 30-24, 30-17 in Ruston, La., on Thursday.

Junior Lindsey Yon and sophomore Krista Altermatt each knocked down 20 kills in the four-game match. Altermatt hit the ball consistently as she came up with a .405 hitting percentage. They both had double-digit digs for another double-double on the season for each player.

"Lindsey and Krista played tough for us tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said."Our setters fed them the ball well and that helped them get their kills tonight."

The setting duties were split as junior Alyssa Gintant had 31 assists and freshman Brynja Rodgers had 27 of her own. Junior Krystal Torres led the way defensively with 18 digs.

Game one started close with a 2-2 tie, but the Aggies began to pull away when they went on a 6-1 run that included kills from Lindsey Yon, Amber Simpson and Anna Callis.After NMSU went up 23-14, the Lady Techsters fought back to get within five at 26-21. After the Aggies called a timeout, they went on a run to finish out the game 30-21. Yon led the way in game one with five kills, while Altermatt and Simpson added four each.

The second game was much closer, as there were eight ties and six lead changes up until the Aggies took a 16-15 lead.With La. Tech playing tough, Torres got her third ace of the match to tie the game at 20. With the game tied at 25, La. Tech went on a small three-point run to go up 28-25, but NMSU fought right back with their own four point run to go ahead 29-28. In a controversial touch call, the Lady Techsters tied the game up for the 18th time. After La. Tech took a 30-29 lead, NMSU dropped game two 31-29 on a red card point.

NMSU came back in game three and jumped on top with a 14-10 lead after it started off with a 4-4 tie. La. Tech would get to within three points at 23-20, but the Aggies would play dominant towards the end of the match to win 30-24. Yon led the Aggies with seven kills in game two, while Altermatt added six.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 5-2 lead that included two kills from Yon and one from Oguh.After the Lady Techsters came back to tie the game at six, NMSU went on a 5-0 run that forced La. Tech to call a timeout with the Aggies leading 11-6.Torres picked up two consecutive service aces that gave NMSU a 15-7 lead, and force another timeout from the Lady Techsters.During a 6-0 run for the Aggies, Simpson came up with three consecutive kills to help her team go up by nine points at 23-14. NMSU ended the match with a 30-17 win.

The Aggies will play their final regular season match on Sunday at the Pan American Center. Sunday is "Senior Night", as the team will honor this year's seniors for their accomplishments.