NMSU Volleyball Sweeps A Pair Of Matches On Day One Of Borderland Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball opened the Borderland Invitational with a 3-0 win over Abilene Christian. The Aggies won in straight sets 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 to defeat the Wildcats.

"It's nice to get a sweep especially when you have two more matches in the next 24 hours," head coach Mike Jordan said. "[Tatyana Battle] and I spent a lot of time on decision making and shot selection. She did a really good job of working the ball off the edges when we were out of system and did not hit the ball low into the block. For her to make those adjustments and have that success, it's a great thing and that's what you want to see from your players."

How It Happened

New Mexico State (4-3) started the match hot, holding a six-point advantage over ACU (1-7). NM State gave up a run to the Wildcats which brought ACU within a point of the Aggies, but New Mexico State held onto the lead and pulled ahead by five. NM State scored the final three points to close out the 25-17 win in the first set.

The Aggies took control of the second set by jumping out to a 7-2 lead. NM State gave up a four-point run to Abilene Christian, cutting the Aggies lead to a single point. The teams fought for each point, but New Mexico State pulled ahead with a seven-point run. The Aggies kept control and held on to take the second set 25-17.

NM State and ACU went back-and-forth with neither team taking more than a two-point advantage until late in the set. Trailing 20-18, the Aggies went on a run to lead by a point. The small lead would hold and NM State pulled away late for the 25-22 third-set victory.

By the Numbers

New Mexico State led Abilene Christian in kills 46-34, assists 44-32 and digs 49-45. Briana Ainsworth recorded a double-double with 22 assists and 13 digs. Tatyana Battle led the team with a season high 17 kills and hit .457 for the match.

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New Mexico State volleyball posted an impressive performance on Friday when the Aggies defeated Delaware State 3-0. NM State won in straight sets 25-11, 25-14, 25-13 for its third-straight win.

"Analyssa Acosta dug the ball well and did a good job when she came into the match for us. Jordan Pleasants saw her first bit of action this season. She served the ball tough and that was what we were hoping for," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It's tough for them to see playing time because they're behind two great liberos in Kaylee Neal and Ariadnne Sierra, but I saw a lot of good things when they played tonight."

How It Happened

New Mexico State (5-3) took early 6-3 lead over Delaware State (0-8) to start the match. The advantage for the Aggies grew and at the media timeout, NM State was ahead 15-7. NM State did not let up on the Hornets and New Mexico State closed out the first set with an ace by Kaylee Neal to win 25-11.

The Aggies battled back-and-forth with the Hornets to start the second set but pulled away with a five-point scoring run. NM State built on its advantage, taking a 20-10 lead over DSU. New Mexico State gave up a three-point scoring run to Delaware State late in the set, but the Aggies held firm and NM State took the second set 25-14.

In the third set, the Aggies powered ahead early taking an 8-4 lead over the Hornets. NM State extended its advantage over DSU and including a four-point run that gave the Aggies the 17-9 lead. With match point within reach, Jordan Pleasants closed out the set for the New Mexico State serving three-straight points to give NM State the 25-13 victory.

By the Numbers

New Mexico State topped DSU in kills 42-25, assists 40-24 and digs 40-30. Kassandra Tohm tallied a team high 12 kills and hit .524 for the match. Ariadnne Sierra picked up her 1,000 career dig in the match and the senior libero tallied 16 dig against the Hornets.

The Aggies close out the Borderland Invitational against Samford on Saturday. First serve from the Pan American Center is set for 7 p.m. (MT).