NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (12-4, 3-0 WAC) took care of business in their Western Athletic Conference road test of the season on Thursday, as they swept CSU Bakersfield (4-11, 1-1 WAC) 26-24, 25-20, 25-19. NM State has now won six straight and 17 straight WAC matches, dating back to last season.

“I challenged our group to become more competitive, and I think we did that tonight,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I always think CSU Bakersfield is one of the most competitive teams in the conference, and they may be the most competitive. I liked our attitude, our persistence and our effort tonight. It looked like we played for each other and for the name on the front of the jersey. I am really proud of them; they did a really great job.”

The Aggies had two players put up double-digit kills in the win. Both junior Jordan Abalos and sophomore Tatyana Battle paced the squad with 11 kills apiece. Defensively, redshirt freshman Megan Hart stole the show with a career-high eight blocks on the night. Junior Kassandra Tohm also contributed six blocks.

NM State came out of the gate hot as they opened the match on a 4-1 run. The Roadrunners tightened it up pulling within one at 9-8, then tying it at 12-12. CSUB grabbed the lead briefly at 14-12, but the Aggies regained it at 15-14. From there, both team traded points for the rest of the frame, with NM State coming out on top with a 26-24 decision.

Bakersfield seemed to gain a little momentum with the start of the second set, as they started on a 4-0 run. The Aggies answered with four straight points of their own to tie it 4-4. NM State eventually took the lead at 9-6. The ‘Runners would not die as they retook the lead at 11-10, and ran it out to 14-11. NM State prevailed again taking the lead to stay at 19-18. They eventually claimed the frame 25-20.

The third set was the most heavily contested set of the match, as both teams traded points deep into the frame. CSUB was able to briefly break away with a 12-10 lead, and then a 14-11 lead. However, the Aggie would not be denied as they rallied to take the lead at 16-15, never to relinquish it. NM State would earned the sweep with a 25-19 decision in the frame.

The Aggies are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Phoenix, Ariz. to face off against Grand Canyon.