Aggies Open WAC Tournament With Sweep Of Fresno State

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Kim Oguh had a team-high 12 kills, while sophomore Krista Altermatt tallied a double-double as the New Mexico State volleyball squad swept Fresno State, 30-23, 30-25, 30-23, in the first round of the 2007 WAC Volleyball Championships at the Pan American Center.

Altermatt smashed 11 kills and dug up 11 balls, while serving a hot four aces. Juniors Amber Simpson and Lindsay Yon hit nine and eight respectively, while Simpson added in four block assists. Freshman Whittney Woods made her first career appearance as an Aggie and posted two kills on the night.

Head coach Mike Jordan said that he was proud of the way his squad played tonight and felt that the defense was solid.

"Fresno State played a whole lot better tonight than Sunday (Nov. 11)," Jordan said. "We did make some uncharacteristic errors, but also did some great things to prepare us for tomorrow."

In game one senior Jordan Bostic sparked an eight-point surge as the Aggies pulled away from Bulldogs 19-4. Altermatt and Simpson both tallied two kills in the final 11 points, as NMSU claimed game one, 30-23.

Oguh was a solid 8-of-11 in game two, hitting .545 to lead the Aggies to a 30-25 win. NMSU extended its lead by seven at the 27-20 point mark, but the Bulldogs would go down with a fight, battling back within four at 29-25, until the Aggies sealed the deal on a Fresno error.

Altermatt and the Aggies came out swinging at the start of game three taking an 8-1 lead.

Altermatt served four straight points for the Aggies, while Oguh followed it up with four points of her own. The Bulldogs would continue to chip away at the deficit coming within four, 18-14.

Senior Anna Callis and Simpson would set the tone with three huge blocks assist to swing the momentum back towards the Aggies as NMSU closed the game 30-23 for the three-game sweep.

The Aggies meet San Jose State in the second round of the tournament, Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pan American Center.

"We have San Jose tomorrow," Jordan said. "They are exceptionally athletic, well coached and are probably the most competitive group in the conference. We have our work cut out for us."