Aggie Volleyball Survives Binghamton, 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second straight match, junior Jordan Abalos put up at least 20 kills and led New Mexico State (8-4) to a 23-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-21 victory over Binghamton (5-7).

“We got pushed today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “They were pretty good at exposing some of our weaknesses, and it took us too long to adjust. However, we played well at the end of sets and managed to score points, which is a big point of emphasis for us. Jordan [Abalos] has been playing really well the last couple of matches, and we have been relying on her a little bit. Tatyana [Battle] began to show more life offensively toward the end of the match, which is good. I like some of the things we are doing, but I would like to get more people involved offensively. We need to start blocking more balls as well.”

In total, Abalos racked 21 kills and her third-straight double-double, with 17 digs. She now has nine on the season. Sophomore Tatyana Battle also played a major role, with her contribution of 14 kills. Defensively, freshman Brigette Lowe set a new career high with a team-leading five blocks.

The Aggies came out of the gate white hot, as they opened the match on an 11-2 run. However, Binghamton roared to life as they closed the gap to 15-9. NM State pushed the lead out to 18-13 and then 20-15, but the Bearcats would not be denied as they tied the frame at 20-20 and took their first lead at 21-20. They completed the comeback by taking the opening set 25-23.

The second set was the most tightly contested frame of the match, and featured 16 ties and six lead changes. Both teams traded points for most of the set, until NM State took a 16-13 lead. They would extend the lead to 19-15, but the Bearcats clawed back and tied it at 20-20. Binghamton went ahead, and took the lead 24-22. However, the Aggies did a gut-check and won the set with a 27-25 decision.

NM State looked to have solved their problems in the break as they opened the third set on a 6-2 run. Though just like the first two sets, the Bearcats fought their way back to tie it at 10-10. From there, the Aggies went on a 5-1 run, pushing the lead to 15-10. Once again, Binghamton did not back down and tied the match at 18-18, then taking the lead at 21-19. NM State fought back as well, tying the set 24-24. They took the next two points and went up 2-1 with a 26-24 decision.

Things didn’t begin well for NM State in the fourth set, as the roles reversed and Binghamton went up 6-2 to start. However, the Aggies regained composure and tied the set 10-10, then took the lead to stay at 12-11. From there, they pushed the lead to 20-17 and then 23-19. NM State claimed the match with a 25-21 decision.

The Aggies are back in action this afternoon as the close out the Brown Invitational against host Brown at 5 p.m.