NMSU Volleyball Opens WAC Play With 3-1 Win At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - New Mexico State volleyball opened Western Athletic Conference play with a match against Utah Valley at Lockhart Arena on Thursday night. The Aggies took down the Wolverines 25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 25-14 for their first conference win this season.

"Other than the third set, it was a great defensive effort," head coach Mike Jordan said. "I thought we passed the ball well, other than that one stretch. [Krysten] Garrison, [Ashley] Anselmo and [Cat] Kelly played really well and gave us the lift we needed."


NM State (10-3, 1-0 WAC) battled back and forth with UVU (3-10, 0-1 WAC) but a kill from Cat Kelly began a six-point run that put the Aggies ahead 15-10 at the media timeout. New Mexico State continued to dominate and a four-point run gave the squad the 21-13 advantage over Utah Valley. The team kept its momentum late in the set and Kelly put the 25-19 victory away with a kill from the outside.

The Aggies jumped out to a 6-2 lead following a kill from Lia Mosher, with Krysten Garrison on the assist. NM State allowed a three-point run to the Wolverines cutting the 14-11 advantage but Megan Hart came up with a kill to snap the run. Down the stretch, an attack error by the opposition led to a timeout by Utah Valley with New Mexico State ahead 17-11. The Aggies continued to cruise late and after a kill from Savannah Davison gave the Crimson and White set point, Hart scored out of the middle to put away the 25-17 victory.

New Mexico State began the third set with another 6-2 run that included an ace from Julianna Salanoa. The Wolverines did not go away quietly, tying the set 8-8 before an attack error put NM State behind by one. The team trailed the opposition 11-9 when Jordan used a timeout and following the break, Mosher came up with a kill to put the Crimson and White within one. The teams went back-and-forth but Jordan used his final timeout of the set with the Aggies behind 17-13. However, the NM State squad could not find its rhythm, allowing a 5-0 run to end the 25-16 loss.

In the fourth set, the Aggies took an 11-5 lead following a kill from Kelly off the UVU overpass. The Wolverines called a timeout following the play and the Crimson and White allowed a four-point run before Jordan called a timeout of his own. The teams went back-and-forth after the break but an ace by Garrison put NM State ahead 17-12 before the opposition burned its final timeout. The New Mexico State squad did not let up late and ended the set on an 8-1 run, sealing the four-set victory.


The Aggies posted 54 kills and a .241 hitting clip in the victory. The team also tallied 67 digs 51 assists and 11 blocks. Individually, Kelly led New Mexico State with 17 kills and Davison followed closely behind with 14. Garrison notched her first double-double this season with 26 assists and 13 digs.

NM State continues WAC play at Seattle U on Saturday, Sept. 28. First serve from the Redhawk Center is set for 2 p.m. MT.