NMSU Volleyball Drops First Match Of The Season In 3-0 Loss To Portland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team began the NM State SpringHill Suites Invitational with a match against Portland on Friday night. The Aggies dropped their first match of the season, falling to the Pilots 25-19, 25-22, 25-22.

"We passed the ball poorly and did not get enough offensive production out of enough people today," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We made some changes and gave people opportunities but it just didn't go our way tonight."


NM State (6-1) got off to a slow start, trailing Portland (6-2) by three early in the set. A ball-handling error by the Pilots put NM State behind 11-10 but at the media timeout, the Aggies trailed by three. Out of the break, New Mexico State still could not find its rhythm and trailed 20-17 late. Jordan took a pair to timeouts to stall Portland's six-point run but it was not enough and NM State fell in the opening set 25-19.

New Mexico State looked to bounce back in the second set but three-straight aces put the squad behind 6-2. The Aggies clawed their way back and a kill by Ashley Anselmo with an assist from Natalie Mikels tied the set 11-11. At the media break, New Mexico State held a one-point advantage and the squad scored a pair to lead 17-14. However, a five-point run by the opposition followed and left the Crimson and White trailing 19-17. The teams went point-for-point late in the set but a pair of aces for the Pilots kept NM State behind 23-20. Unable to overcome the deficit, New Mexico State fell 25-22 in the second set.

The Aggies went back-and-forth to start the third set but at the media timeout, New Mexico State trailed by a pair. The squad continued to battle with the Pilots and a kill by Cat Kelly tied the set 20-20. NM State gave up three-straight points to Portland following the stalemate and the opposition proved to be too much as New Mexico State fell 25-22 in the final set.


The Aggies posted 37 kills while recording a .206 hitting percentage. The team tallied 42 digs, 34 assists and 11 blocks for the match but allowed 12 service aces. Savannah Davison recorded her first double-double of the season, notching 11 kills and 12 digs, despite falling to the Pilots.

The loss to the Portland marks the first time the Aggies have fallen in nonconference play since dropping a match to then-ranks 11 UCLA in 2017.

New Mexico State closes out the SpringHill Suites Invitational with matches against Grambling State and Lamar. First serve in the game against the Tigers is set for 12:30 p.m. MT while the match against the Cardinals begins at 6 p.m.