Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 9 BYU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive day, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to a top-15 team, this time losing to the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, during final match of the NM State/UTEP Tournament inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies fall to 3-5 after losing to No. 14 Colorado State on Friday and the Cougars on Saturday.

NM State could only muster a .017 hitting percentage as BYU, one of the best blocking teams in the country, finished with 20 total blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Abalos led the Aggies after finishing with her third double-double only three weeks into her Aggie career. Abalos was the only NM State player to finish with double-digit kills, finishing with 11 kills while adding 13 digs.

Redshirt senior libero Hannah Walker had a match-high 19 digs. Junior setter Taylor Livoti once again led the Aggies with 18 assists while fellow junior Nathalie Castellanos added another 11 assists.

After the Aggies marked the first point of the match, BYU proceeded to mark the next nine to take a 9-1 lead in set number one. Although NM State cut the lead to 10-5 after a three-point rally, the Aggies could never fully recover from the rough start to the set.

The Cougars won six of the final eight points of the set to take the frame 25-16. NM State was outhit in the set .158 to .059.

The Aggies got off to a better start in the second set. Down 4-2, NM State went on a four-point rally to take their first lead since the first point of the match. But BYU answered with a four-point rally of its own. The teams would trade points during the middle portion of the set as the frame saw 12 ties and six lead changes.

NM State would hold an 18-17 lead late in the set, but the Cougars would mark five-straight points to take control of the set and win 25-19.

The Aggies continued to improve throughout the match and took control of the third set early after a five-point rally gave them a 12-4 lead. BYU, however, showed why it is one of the top teams in the nation, using their bigs up front and blocking ability to pull back even with NM State at 15-15 midway through the set.

The Cougars would mark 10 of the final 16 points to pull away and take a straight-set victory over the Aggies.

NM State now travels east to New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Tournament, Sept. 19-20. The Aggies will have three matches beginning with a matchup versus Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. (MT). NM State will then have two matches on Saturday, first against Brown and then versus host New Hampshire.