NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball took down Utah Valley in straight sets at the Pan American Center on Thursday night. The Aggies swept the Wolverines 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, for their seventh-straight victory.

"I feel like we're going in the right direction. I liked our balance offensively. We were pretty good digging the ball. I thought we could've blocked it a little bit better." head coach Mike Jordan said. "At the end of the day, I'm pretty happy with our performance against what I consider a very dangerous and solid Utah Valley team."

How It Happened

NM State (18-7, 9-2) started the match even with UVU (12-14, 7-4 WAC) but the Aggies pulled ahead by two to hold a 15-13 advantage at the media timeout. New Mexico State led by three late in the set, but the Wolverines clawed their way back, tying the match 17-17. The teams went point for point, but with the match tied 22-22, NM State scored two-straight to earn set point. A kill by Sasha-Lee Thomas finished off the set as New Mexico State won 25-23.

The Aggies went back-and-forth with Utah Valley early in the second set but with Tatyana Battle behind the service line, NM State built up a 13-8 advantage. New Mexico State continued to power ahead and back-to-back aces for Ariadnne Sierra helped NM State gain a six-point lead. Despite a late comeback but the Wolverines, the Aggies claimed second set 25-20.

In the third set, New Mexico State jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, forcing UVU to take a timeout. A rally by the Wolverines brought UVU within a point of the Aggies but New Mexico State fought back and held a four-point advantage. NM State capitalized on its momentum and tallied eight-straight points to lead 22-11. The Aggie squad once again gave up a late rally, but the team found its way and completed the sweep with a 25-15 win in the final set.

By the Numbers

NM State recorded 50 kills on hitting .262. As a team, New Mexico State tallied 57 digs and 48 assists.. Kassandra Tohm led the team with 13 kills. It was the ninth-straight match where the senior posted double figures in the category. Battle notched her third double-double this season, tallying 15 digs and 10 kills in the win.

The Aggies take on Seattle U in their last match at home on Saturday, Nov. 4 at noon (MT). A special Senior Day ceremony is set to take place following the match.