The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tonight against in-state rival UNM. The Lobos and Aggies square off in Albuquerque and for the Aggies, it's a big game for them to try to get some of their early season mojo back. The team has lost two of three, both to rather pedestrian teams (Texas State and UT Arlington) and has fallen behind Utah State by a game and a half in the conference standings. The Lobos are 18-5 on the season with a win in Mountain West play over Colorado State.
Chantale Riddle is their clear go-to player averaging 4.17 kills per set. Defensively, the Lobos average 14.3 digs per set and 2.3 blocks per set, comparable numbers to the Aggies who are averaging 13.3 digs per set and 2.5 blocks per set. Lobo opponents are hitting .146 on the season while Aggie opponents are hitting .173.
The question for the Aggies is which team will show up tonight? The Aggies have struggled on the road this season with losses at UTEP and at UT Arlington really standing out. The biggest area of concern has to be the Aggies' struggles in the passing game. Their serve receive let them down in the matches against UTEP and Arlington. When the Aggies pass the ball well they look like world beaters. Unfortunately, when their passing has broken down, they've been very just an average team.
Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MDT) first serve and streaming video will be available for the match (it appears that it's free as well).
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's match.
Ken Sickenger of the Albuquerque Journal previews the rivalry match.
The UNM athletic website previews tonight's match.
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