NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Rival Lobos

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball continued its run at the Borderland Invitational with a match against New Mexico on Saturday night. The Aggies took down the Lobos 25-15, 25-17, 25-14, for the team's fifth-straight sweep

"We did a better job passing the ball today. I think we served it tougher, putting UNM on its heels," Mike Jordan said. "Our blockers also did great. They were really solid again for us tonight."


NM State (5-0) took an early 9-5 lead over UNM (2-4) after the Lobos missed a serve wide. New Mexico State maintained it momentum and after Julianna Salanoa tallied an ace, New Mexico burned a timeout with the Aggies ahead 13-8. The Crimson and White kept control down the stretch and a kill by Lia Mosher put NM State ahead by eight late in the set. The Lobos used their final timeout of the set with the Aggies ahead 21-12 but it was not enough to stall the hot NM State offense and the squad claimed the first set 25-15.

New Mexico State jumped out to a 4-0 lead that included an ace from Natalie Mikels to start the second set. The Aggies continued to dominate and another ace from Mikels sent the Crimson and White into the media timeout with a six-point lead. The Lobos scored a pair out of the break and the Jordan took a timeout with the Aggies leading 15-12. The advantage dwindled to a pair but a kill by Ashley Anselmo broke up the UNM rally. The Lobos used a timeout after kill by Megan Hart put the Crimson and White ahead 20-15. The break did not disturb the senior as Hart notched a kill off an assist from Krysten Garrison on the next point. New Mexico State remained in control and a Katie Birtcil kill gave the team the 25-17 win in the second set

The squads kept the third set close but NM State went on a three-point scoring run following a 10-10 stalemate which drove the Lobos to call a timeout. The Aggies scored five-straight following the break to take an 18-10 lead before UNM burned its final timeout of the game. New Mexico State continued to dominate late and another three-point run put the squad ahead 23-13. A kill by Hart gave the squad match point and Garrison connected with Birtcil to secure NM State's fifth-straight sweep.


New Mexico State posted 45 kills and hit .313 for the match while holding UNM to just 18 kills and a -.011 hitting percentage. NM State also tallied 41 assists, 40 digs and 12 team blocks. Hart recorded 10 kills and seven blocks for the match. Garrison led the way with 21 assists while Halle Razo notched 10 digs.

The Aggies close out the Borderland Invitational with a match against UTEP at the Pan American Center on Sunday, Sept. 8. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT.