NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Auburn

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

AUBURN, AL - New Mexico State volleyball dominated tournament host Auburn at the War Eagle Invitational on Friday night. The Aggies topped the Tigers 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 for team's second sweep of the season.

"We managed the game well. Our players did a great job finding seams and we had good digging again this match," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It's always great to get a win over a Power-5 program, especially on their home court."


NM State (2-0) battled back-and-forth with AU (0-2) but with Natalie Mikels serving, the Aggie squad pulled away to take a 13-9 lead, forcing the opposition to burn a timeout. The Tigers did not go away quietly, pulling within one but New Mexico State kept its composure and held a 19-14 lead late in the set. After AU burned its final timeout of the set, NM State continued to cruise, scoring four-straight to take the set 25-16.

The squads kept the second set close early on but when Auburn jumped out to a 12-11 lead, Jordan called a timeout, stalling the Tiger momentum. Following the break, NM State posted a four-point run to give the Crimson and White 15-12. Auburn called a timeout to break-up the rally but NM State maintained composure late in the set and led 19-13 before the Tigers took their final timeout. New Mexico State allowed the AU to creep within three but the squad kept steady late in the set. A service ace by Savannah Davison sealed the 25-18 victory in second set, putting the team ahead by a pair of sets.

NM State jumped ahead early, holding a 11-6 lead when Auburn burned its first timeout. Halle Razo served a pair of aces and Julianna Salanoa tallied a kill before the Tigers used their final timeout of the set. Continuing to dominate, back-to-back kills by Salanoa gave the Aggie squad a 17-7 lead. New Mexico State continued to put on the pressure and after Megan Hart recorded a kill to give the Crimson and White match point, an attack error by Auburn sealed the 25-14 victory and completed the sweep of Auburn.


New Mexico State recorded 38 kills on hitting .361 for the match while holding Auburn to 30 kills and a .055 clip. The Crimson and White also posted 33 assists, 30 digs and 12 team blocks. Salanoa lead the squad with 13 kills on hitting .765 and six blocks. Hart tallied 10 kills while hitting .667 with four blocks.

NM State closes out the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 31 when the team faces Tennessee State. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. MT.