Aggies Advance To WAC Final With Sweep Of San Jose State

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior middle hitter Amber Simpson had 15 kills to lead the No. 13 New Mexico State volleyball to a three-game sweep over San Jose State, 31-29, 31-29, 30-23 in the semifinals of the 2007 WAC Championship Tournament at the Pan American Center, Friday, Nov. 16. The Aggies now face No. 11 Hawai'i in the title match, Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Simpson was force inside with an impressive .625 hitting percentage and she added four blocks. Senior middle hitter Kim Oguh recorded 11 kills and a pair of blocks. Junior libero Krystal Torres led the defensive effort with a match-high 18 digs. Setters junior Alyssa Gintant and freshman Brynja Rodgers added 23 and 21 assists, respectively.

Head coach Mike Jordan said that he was happy with how strong the team finished game three and feels the team is ready for Hawai'i.

"First off, San Jose State played exceptionally well, making us earn every point," Jordan said. "Amber played exceptionally well, I was very proud of her. She really wanted the ball all night."

Game one was a roller coaster ride as the Aggies and Spartans tied the game on seven occasions. After San Jose State claimed a 16-10 lead, the Aggies responded when senior outside hitter Anna Callis and sophomore outside hitter Krista Altermatt came up big with two kills apiece to even the score at 24-24. After several lead changes, Simpson sealed the game, 31-29, with a solid solo block.

With a strong inside presence from Oguh and junior outside hitter Lindsey Yon's six-point service effort, the Aggies recorded an early 13-5 advantage in game two. San Jose State answered with an 8-1 run, tying the game at 14-14 before another 7-2 run to lead the way, 21-16. The Aggies rallied to tie the game, 29-29, then a big kill from Altermatt and a block from Callis and Simpson, allowed NMSU to take the second frame, 31-29.

In game three, Simpson had six kills as the Aggies claimed the sweep, 30-23. San Jose State and NMSU tied the game five times until the redshirt freshman outside hitter Whitney Woods sparked a flame for the Aggies collecting three kills, guiding the Aggies to an 8-3 run to end the game.