NMSU Volleyball Drops Five Set Match At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - New Mexico State volleyball was defeated by Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies fell to the Wolverines in a five-set thriller 25-22, 17-25. 25-22, 20-25, 10-15. NM State is now 0-4 in five-set matches.

"We didn't get any offense or blocking from a few people today. We served it poorly in stretches and shot ourselves in the foot too often," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It's tough to play without two starters but it's an opportunity for others to step up. Give credit to UVU, the team made plays when they needed to."

How It Happened

NM State started the match by taking a 7-2 lead early in the first set. The lead dwindled for the Aggies and Utah Valley tied the match 14-14. New Mexico State went point-for-point with the Wolverines and NM State scored the final three points of the set to win 25-22.

In the second set, the Aggies went back-and-forth with the Wolverines until NM State gave up a four-point run to UVU. New Mexico State fought back but scoring runs by Utah Valley put NM State behind further. Despite the team's best efforts, the Aggies fell in the second set 25-17.

The teams kept the set close but New Mexico State gave up a five-point scoring run to fall behind 11-7. NM State powered ahead and with a pair of small scoring runs, tied the match. With Ariadnne Sierra behind the service line late in the set, the Aggies held a 23-21 advantage over UVU. NM State closed out the set block by Julianna Salanoa and Sasha-Lee Thomas to take the third set 25-22.

New Mexico State kept it close with the Wolverines early in the fourth set but the Aggies fell behind 15-12. A scoring run with Salanoa behind the service line gave the Aggies a one-point lead but the Wolverines scored three-straight to reclaim the advantage. NM State was unable to take back the lead and lost the fourth set, 25-20.

The Aggies kept it close with the Wolverines in the fifth set but NM State fell behind 9-6. After tying the match at nine, New Mexico State gave up five-straight, giving UVU match point. Despite their best efforts, the Aggies could not pull off the comeback and fell 15-10.

By the Numbers

NM State led the match with 61 kills and 58 digs as a team. Kassandra Tohm tallied a career-high 24 kills while she hit .378 in the match. Sierra all players with 17 digs. Briana Ainsworth tallied 27 assists while Natalie Mikels posted 25.

New Mexico State returns to Las Cruces, N.M., to begin a stretch of four-straight matches at the Pan American Center. The Aggies open the homestand with CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. (MT).