NMSU Volleyball Defeats UMKC 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight games as it remained perfect in Western Athletic Conference play with a 25-21, 25-18, 13-25, 25-18 win at Kansas City on Thursday night.

“We got off to a good start defensively as a team,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We played solid defense a team with normally good offensive numbers. We also did a good job attacking the pall on the pins. We had a melt down with our serve-pass in the third set but we calmed down and were able to get a win on the road against a good team.”

The Aggies (16-3, 7-0 WAC) and Kansas City (9-8, 5-2) started the match trading points with Cat Kelly and Savannah Davison attacking the pins. After the Roos tied the first set at 14, NM State went on a 6-1 run to make it 20-15. Kansas City was able to cut the Aggies’ lead to two at 22-20 but Davison went off, hitting two kills down the line and recording a block to give the Aggies a 25-21 win in set one.

In set two, New Mexico State jumped out to an 8-5 lead with Davison again racking up kills down the line. Then, NM State scored eight of the next nine points for a 16-6 lead. The Aggies’ run saw kills from Ashley Anselmo, Julianna Salanoa, Cat Kelly and a block from Anselmo and Salanoa. However, Kansas City continued to battle, pulling within three points at 19-16 before the Aggie defense stepped up. NM State recorded three blocks in its final six points of the match to win set two 25-18.

Kansas City took the third set decisively, 25-13, as the Aggies were never able to find their footing in the set. The fourth set looked to be in the Roos favor early but NM State erased a 10-5 deficit with a six-point run to take an 11-10 lead. Redshirt senior Megan Hart stepped up down the stretch, recording four kills from the middle as New Mexico State took a 19-17 lead. Salanoa and Anselmo then found kills of their own before a service ace from Natalie Mikels and an attack error on Kansas City gave the Aggies a 25-18 win in the fourth set and a 3-1 win.

Davison had a great night, posting 16 kills and 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Kelly also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Hart wrapped up her night with 11 kills while hitting .455 with Mikels adding 23 assists.

As a team, NM State hit .394 while holding the Roos to just .167. The Aggies also recorded more kills with 50 to 41 for Kansas City.

New Mexico State is back on action on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. (MT) when it takes on Chicago State in Chicago.