NMSU Volleyball Completes Season Sweep Of Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (20-5, 10-0 WAC) completed the season sweep of Grand Canyon (4-17, 0-9 WAC) with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-11 victory on Thursday. With the win, the Aggies have now racked up 12 seasons of 20 wins or more in the Mike Jordan era.

“This was a solid win,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “The first set was pretty close, but we were able to jump out to leads in the second and third sets. We made a lot of errors in the first set, but we settled down, started playing loose and served the ball better. I think our athletic ability helped a lot; we are a more athletic team. If you get teams out of system and are more athletic, you will beat them most of the time. We were able to do that, and I’m really proud of how efficient we were in sets two and three.”

Three Aggies put up double digit kills on the night. Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas led the squad with 14 kills, an impressive .500 hitting percentage and two blocks. Junior Jordan Abalos tallied 12 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Sophomore Tatyana Battle put up 10 kills to go with her two service aces. Redshirt Freshman Megan Hart also played a large role, posting 4 blocks.

The match began tight, with an opening set that featured 15 ties and eight lead changes. Both teams traded points for much of the frame. However, the Aggies began to pull away at 20-17, but GCU fought back and knotted things up again at 22-22. NM State was able withstand the rallying Lopes, and took the set 25-23.

The Aggies found their rhythm in the second set as they opened on a 6-2 run and never looked back. At the height of their lead, NM State led by as much as 11 points at 14-3 and 15-4. GCU attempted to mount a comeback, but it was not enough as the Aggies claimed the set 25-18.

NM State continued to roll after the break, with an 8-3 run to start the third set. They would run the lead out to 18-7 and then 21-8. The Aggies secured their 24th straight WAC win with a 25-11 decision in the final set.

After tonight, New Mexico State can clinch the WAC Regular Season Championship on Saturday as they take on second place CSU Bakersfield at 1 p.m. in the regular season home finale.