NMSU Volleyball Swept At Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State volleyball continued the Wildcat Classic with a match against Arizona at the McKale Center on Friday. The Aggies fell to the Wildcats 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 in the tournament match.

"I wish we would have gotten this effort during this morning's match. It takes a shame that it takes a good team to bring that sort of effort out in us," head coach Mike Jordan said. "There were some good things, Katie [Birtcil] blocked a few balls and Analyssa [Acosta] had some quality digs but we still have a lot of work to do."

HOW IT HAPPENED

NM State (8-3) scored the first two points of the set but Arizona (9-2) matched the rally with a 4-0 run. The teams battled back-and-forth but a three-point run put New Mexico State behind 16-12. The Aggies countered with a four-point run of their own, leading to a Wildcat timeout with the score tied 16-16. After a pair of errors for the Crimson and White resulted in an Arizona lead, Jordan called a timeout to stall the Wildcat momentum. The break did not help New Mexico State and the squad allowed a five-point run to end the opening set.

The Aggies kept the second set close but the team surrendered a five-point run to trail Arizona 14-8. NM State continued to struggle, falling behind 18-10 before Savannah Davison came up with a kill for the Aggies. New Mexico State clawed its way back within three of the opposition but the team gave up two-straight to the Wildcats, expanding the 22-18 deficit. The Aggies could not find a rhythm late and, despite Julianna Salanoa scoring while the Wildcats held set point, NM State dropped the set 25-19.

Looking to rebound in the third set, the Aggies went ahead 10-8 following a kill from Katie Birtcil. The Wildcats burned a timeout following the play and Davison picked up a kill out of the break. Arizona did not go away easily and Jordan called a timeout when the Wildcats tied the set 12-12. The teams continued to fight for each point and a setter dump by Natalie Mikels gave NM State the 17-15 advantage. However, New Mexico State surrendered three-straight to Arizona following the play and Jordan used a timeout with his team down 18-17. The Aggies kept the set tight but the NM State squad surrender a 4-1 run to end the 25-22 loss in the final set.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Aggies posted 30 kills while hitting .136 for the match. The New Mexico State squad also recorded 36 digs, 27 assists and seven team blocks. Davison led the team with nine kills while Mikels posted a team-high 14 assists. Defensively, Analyssa Acosta had 11 digs for the match and Megan Hart tallied three blocks.

NM State closes out the Wildcat Classic with a match against Alabama State on Saturday, Sept. 21. First serve is set for 10 a.m. MT.