Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (17-4, 7-0 WAC) came away with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 sweep over Chicago State (3-18, 1-6 WAC) on Saturday to close out the four-match homestand and the first part of the Western Athletic Conference schedule.

“I am pleased for the most part with how we played today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I don’t know if we are capable of hitting for a big percentage very often, because of how error prone we are. Our kill numbers are good, and we played pretty good defense most of the time. Our blocking could be better, but that is a work in progress. I think it is a matter of cleaning up the errors. Chicago State was a little shorthanded today, with their best attacker not being able to play. We took advantage of that a little, and played well enough to win.”

Two Aggies tallied double-doubles on the day. Junior Jordan Abalos put up 13 kills to go with her 10 digs. Sophomore Tatyana Battle logged 12 kills and 11 digs. Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas contributed nine kills and three blocks in the victory as well.

The first set of the match was all NM State, as the Aggies opened on a 7-2 run. At its height, the Aggies pushed the lead to 16-10. They would go on to claim the frame 25-19.

The second set looked to be more of the same with NM State going out 5-0 to start. However, Chicago State rallied back and tied it at 5-5, which was part of a 7-0 run en route to a 7-5 lead. From there things got tight as the Aggies tied and traded points with the Cougars for a stretch. NM State eventually reclaimed the lead at 17-16, and went on a 5-1 run to push it out to 21-17. They won the set 25-19.

The Aggies were slow to start coming out of the break, as CSU took a 6-2 lead early in the third set. NM State tied it at 6-6 and took the lead to stay at 9-8. From there the Aggies went on a 7-1 run and took a 16-9 lead. The Cougars attempted a comeback late in the frame, but came up short as NM State won their 11th straight match with a 25-20 decision in the third set.

The Aggies are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the Battle of I-25 against New Mexico. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Johnson Center.