NMSU Volleyball Dominates Pacific In 3-0 Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball opened the Borderland Invitational with a match against Pacific at the Pan American Center on Friday night. The Aggies swept the Tigers 25-22, 25-7, 25-18 for their fourth-straight sweep.

HOW IT HAPPENED

NM State (4-0) went back-and-forth with Pacific (2-2) early in the opening set but at the media timeout, the Aggies found themselves down 15-10. Following the break, New Mexico State battled back and a block by Julianna Salanoa and Lia Mosher put the team down by one. With Halle Razo serving, the Aggies took a 21-19 lead over the Tigers, forcing the opposition to use a timeout. The squads kept the set close down the stretch but a kill by Savannah Davison put away the 25-22 opening set victory.

New Mexico State maintained its momentum early and a Pacific attack error led to a six-point lead for the Aggies, resulting in a Tiger timeout. The break in the action did not stall the offense and kill by Salanoa put NM State ahead 15-3. Pacific used its final timeout but three-straight kills by Cat Kelly put the team ahead 18-3. The Aggies continued to dominate and a kill by Davison secured the 25-7 victory in the second set.

The Crimson and White stayed hot in the third set and three-straight blocks by Ashley Anselmo and Salanoa helped the team to a 9-2 advantage. The squad remained in control with Salanoa notching a kill off an assist from Natalie Mikels to put the Aggies ahead by 18-8. Pacific rallied late and head coach Mike Jordan took a timeout with New Mexico State leading 23-17. However, it was not enough for the opposition to overcome and a service error by the Tigers sealed the victory for the Aggies.

BY THE NUMBERS

New Mexico State recorded 28 kills and a .190 hitting percentage while holding Pacific to 20 kills and a -.139 hitting clip. The team also posted 44 digs, 24 assists and 16 blocks during the three-set match. Davison led the squad with nine kills and was followed by Kelly with seven. Salanoa posted a team-best eight blocks and Anselmo tied her career best with six.

The Aggies continue the Borderland Invitational with a match against New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 7. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.