NMSU Volleyball Drops Five Set Match At CSU Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to the Roadrunners 25-18, 21-25, 12-25, 25-15, 6-15 for their second-straight loss in Western Athletic Conference play.

How it Happened

NM State (10-5, (0-2 WAC) started the match going back-and-forth, but following a three-point rally that started with a kill by Megan Hart, the Aggies led CSUB (8-6, 2-0 WAC) 10-7. With Natalie Mikels serving, New Mexico State expanded their lead to six but the 'Runner did not go away easy and closed in on NM State, turning the lead to just three. Down the stretch, the Aggies had all the momentum, leading 17-10, when CSU Bakersfield called its second timeout. Despite a late four-score run by CSU Bakersfield, New Mexico State remained in control, taking the opening set 25-18.

The Aggies fell behind early when the 'Runners outscored the Crimson and White 5-1 to start the set. NM State rallied to tie the set 6-6 and the teams continued to go back-and-forth as the match progressed. After a two-point rally for CSUB gave the team the 14-12 advantage, New Mexico State looked to stop the momentum by calling a timeout. With Halle Razo serving, NM State tied the game 16-16 and took the one-point lead late in the set. The advantage did not last and after the set was tied 21-21, the 'Runners scored four-straight to take the second set 25-21, evening the match at a set a piece.

CSU Bakersfield held all the momentum in the following set, jumping ahead of the Aggies 8-4 early. The deficit for NM State continued to grow and a six-point rally for CSU Bakersfield put New Mexico State behind 19-7. Unable to find their rhythm, the Aggies fell to the 'Runners in the third set 25-12.

New Mexico State came out hot to start, rattling off a 6-1 point run to start the fourth set. The Aggies' advantage dwindled to just a pair but at the media break, New Mexico State pulled ahead of the 'Runners 15-10. NM State extended its lead late into the set and a three-point run allowing the Aggies to take the 22-14 lead. A kill by Tatyana Battle gave New Mexico State set point and a block by Cat Kelly and Lia Mosher secured the 25-15 victory in the fourth set,

In the final set of the match, NM State allowed a 3-0 run before a kill by Battle stopped the rally by the 'Runners. Another three-point run favored the opposition, resulting in the Aggies calling a timeout to stop the momentum. NM State continued to struggle and a service error by Razo put NM State behind 8-3 when it came time to switch sides of the court. Unable to find a rhythm in the final set the Aggies fell 15-6.

By The Numbers

NM State tallied 49 kills on hitting .168. As a team, New Mexico State recorded 63 digs, 47 assists, and nine blocks. Tatyana Battle posted her seventh double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs. Savannah Davison also had double-digit kills with 15 in the loss. Briana Ainsworth was a dig shy of a double-double when the setter recorded 20 assists and nine digs.

The Aggies host Seattle U and Grand Canyon at the Pan American Center for their first home matches of conference play. NM State takes on the Redhawks at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. New State closes out the weekend with a match against the Lopes at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29.