NMSU Volleyball Rebounds With Win Over Alabama State To Close Out Non-Conference Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball closed out the Wildcat Classic with a match against Alabama State at the McKale Center on Saturday. The Aggies swept the Hornets 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 in the squad's non-conference finale.

"We had good energy despite the short turn around," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We still need to work on our serving and we need to work harder in practice to get better as we get ready for conference play."


NM State (9-3) opened the match with a back-and-forth battle with ASU (3-11) but a six-point run which included an ace from Natalie Mikels put the Aggies ahead 15-9. The team continued to dominate and a kill by Ashley Anselmo gave the New Mexico State squad the 18-12 advantage before the opposition burned a timeout. The break did not stall NM State and the squad closed out the 25-13 victory on a 4-0 run.

The Aggies came out flat in the second set, trailing the Hornets 6-1 early. The team continued to struggle until a six-point scoring run that included an ace from Analyssa Acosta gave the NM State squad the 12-11 advantage. The teams continued to battle and a 4-0 scoring run gave the Crimson and White the 17-14 advantage before Alabama State used a timeout following the rally. Unfazed by the break, the Aggies continued to cruise and a kill from Savannah Davison gave New Mexico State the 25-20 win.

Early in the third set, a 6-0 scoring run put the NM State squad ahead 7-4 and the Hornets used a timeout to stop the fiery offense. The Aggies maintained their lead and an error by ASU gave the Crimson and White the 16-11 lead. Following a timeout by the opposition, the Aggies held the momentum until a 4-0 run stalled NM State. Jordan used a timeout and Kelly scored following the break to give the Aggies the 22-18 advantage. New Mexico State gave up three-point run while holding set point but an attack error by Alabama State completed the 25-23 victory.


The Aggies posted 46 kills while hitting .330 for the match. The New Mexico State squad also tallied 42 assists, 36 digs and six service aces. Mikels led the Aggies with 22 assists and three service aces. Davison and Kelly each recorded 11 kills while Hart notched four blocks. Following the match, Davison was named to the all-tournament team.

NM State begins Western Athletic Conference play with matches at Utah Valley and Seattle U. New Mexico State faces the Wolverines at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 before taking on the Redhawks on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.