NMSU Volleyball Falls To No. 11 UCLA 3-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball continued its run at the NM State SpringHill Suites Invitational with a loss to No. 11 UCLA on Friday night. The Aggies were defeated by the Bruins 25-22, 25-23, 25-17, for their thrid-straight loss.

"UCLA is loaded with talent and experience. Obviously, they can make you look bad if you're not playing well," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were right there in those first two sets, so we were doing a lot of things right."

How It Happened

New Mexico State and UCLA fought for each point, keeping the score close in the first set. The Aggies took a 9-8 lead, but the Bruins surged back with a three-point run. After another scoring drought for New Mexico State, the Aggies found themselves down 14-10. From there, the match went back-and forth but the Bruin's early advantage held and New Mexico State fell 25-22.

The teams kept it close in the second set, but UCLA took a two-point lead, leaving the Aggies to play from behind in the early part of the set. With Briana Ainsworth serving, New Mexico State tied the match 9-9 and was able to earn a three-point advantage. UCLA charged back, tying the game yet again. The teams fought for every point, but the Aggies fell behind 24-21 and despite scoring, NM State fell 25-23.

Once again, the teams kept the set close to start, but UCLA took a 9-4 lead over the Aggies and never looked back. New Mexico State fell behind 12-6 and the Bruins held steady with a five-point lead for most of the match. NM State could not overcome the deficit and fell in the final set 25-17

By the Numbers

The Aggies trailed UCLA 39-37 in kills, 39-35 in assists and 5-1 in aces but led the Bruins 55-50 in digs. Ainsworth posted her second-straight double-double in the loss. She recorded 16 assists and 16 digs in the match.

NM State closes its run in the SpringHill Suites Invitational when the Aggies take on UNLV on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. (MT). Fans can tune into KRUX 91.5 for the radio broadcast of the match or they can watch on the WAC Digital Network.