Aggie Volleyball Swept By Rival Lobos

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team lost in straight sets to state rival New Mexico on Thursday, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20, inside the Johnson Center on the UNM campus.

A couple of days after hitting at their highest percentage all season versus Chicago State (.398), the Aggies (11-8) were held to their second-lowest percentage of the season after finishing with a .058 hitting percentage. The Lobos (12-9), meanwhile, finished with a .227 percentage.

For the one of the few times all season, NM State was also outblocked in a match after UNM won the blocking game 10.5 to nine.

Freshman Jordan Abalos led the Aggie attack with seven kills while setters Taylor Livoti and Ashlyn Brown both finished with double-digit assists for the second-straight match, Livoti with 17 and Brown with 10.

Defensively, libero Hannah Walker had a match-high 14 digs and junior Gwen Murphy had a total of eight blocks, including four solo blocks and four block-assists. The eight total blocks tie a season-high for blocks in a match from a NM State player.

The two state rivals tussled early in set number one as the set saw seven ties during the first 16 points. But with the Aggies up 11-9, UNM would go on a 10-3 run that included a four-point and five-point rally to take a 19-14 lead.

NM State, however, would mark six-straight points to regain the lead at 20-19. Unfortunately for the visiting team, the Lobos would win six of the final eight points of the set, including the final two, to take the set 25-22.

UNM maintained its momentum at the beginning of the second set after two separate four-point rallies gave the home team an 8-1 early advantage.

The Aggies would try to get back into the set, and after five consecutive points NM State was down by only two at 12-10 midway through the set. But the Lobos regained control after marking five of the next six points to stretch their lead back to 17-11.

The Aggies could not string more than two-consecutive points together during the latter part of the set as UNM maintained its six-point lead and won the set 25-19 to go up two sets to love.

NM State would once again fall behind early in the third set. The Lobos led 7-3 and then 10-5 after three-straight points. UNM once again would not let the lead slip away and after a three-point Aggie run cut the lead to 24-20, the Lobos put the match away by marking the final point.

The Aggies will now return to Western Athletic Conference play with two matches later this week. NM State travels to Bakersfield, Calif., to meet Bakersfield on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 8 p.m. (MDT) and then head to Phoenix, Ariz., to face Grand Canyon on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.

Both matches will be aired live in Las Cruces over the radio with Adam Young on the call. The matches, however, will be on different radio stations. Thursday’s match will air on 98.7 FM while Saturday’s match will air on KGRT AM 570.