NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced Western Athletic Conference foe Seattle U at the Redhawk Center on Thursday night. The Aggies swept SU 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 in the league match.

"I think we could've played better but I'm happy with the outcome. We missed some easy opportunities to score but, given the fact we were short-handed without Cat [Kelly], I think we made good adjustments," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were pretty good from the service line. Halle Razo, for being under the weather, played exceptionally well. Also, a great performance by Megan Hart. I'm always happy to get a win on the road."

How it Happened

NM State (18-6, 8-3 WAC) went point-for-point with the Redhawks (9-15, 2-9 WAC) and a kill by Tatyana Battle sent the Aggies into the media timeout with a 15-13 advantage. The teams kept the opening set close and a setter dump by Briana Ainsworth allowed New Mexico State to go ahead by three. After leading by four, three-straight NM State errors late put the Aggies out of rhythm, forcing Jordan to use both timeouts. New Mexico State bounced back following the break when a hitting error by SU brought on set point. A kill by Savannah Davison ended the tight battle and gave the Aggies the 25-23 victory in the first set.

The squads kept the second set close but back-to-back kills by Megan Hart, with Briana Ainsworth on the assists, gave New Mexico State a two-point lead. The Aggie offense remained hot and a kill by Julianna Salanoa gave NM State the 15-10 advantage. Hart's dominant attacks allowed New Mexico State to lead 21-16, which prompted SU called a timeout to stop the Aggie momentum. Despite the break, NM State remained composed and a kill by Ashley Anselmo secured the 25-19 victory.

In the third set, the Aggies came out flat, allowing Seattle U to take an 8-6 lead early in the set. Back-to-back kills by Hart tied the game 9-9 and a block by the redshirt junior, along with Battle, gave NM State the one-point advantage. The lead did not last and at the media timeout, the Aggies trailed Seattle U 15-13. An ace by Halle Razo helped New Mexico State comes within a point down the stretch and Ainsworth's third kill of the match tied the set 22-22. The Crimson and White went back-and-forth with SU and a putaway by Salanoa gave NM State the 25-24 advantage. On match point, the Redhawks' middle hitter hammered the ball into the net, giving NM State the 26-24 victory and completing the sweep of the opposition.

By The Numbers

The Aggies posted 47 kills and a .288 hitting clip while holding Seattle U to 37 kills on hitting .240. NM State also recorded 49 digs, 45 assists and nine aces in the win. Hart led all players with 16 kills while also serving three aces. Ainsworth tallied a double-doubles with 20 assists and 11 digs and also posted a career best three kills for the match. Defensively, Razo recorded a match-high 15 digs.

New Mexico State travels for a match at Utah Valley. First serve from the Lockhart Arena in Orem, Utah is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.