Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

NMSU Volleyball Falls To No. 11 UCLA 3-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball continued its run at the NM State SpringHill Suites Invitational with a loss to No. 11 UCLA on Friday night. The Aggies were defeated by the Bruins 25-22, 25-23, 25-17, for their thrid-straight loss.

"UCLA is loaded with talent and experience. Obviously, they can make you look bad if you're not playing well," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were right there in those first two sets, so we were doing a lot of things right."

How It Happened

New Mexico State and UCLA fought for each point, keeping the score close in the first set. The Aggies took a 9-8 lead, but the Bruins surged back with a three-point run. After another scoring drought for New Mexico State, the Aggies found themselves down 14-10. From there, the match went back-and forth but the Bruin's early advantage held and New Mexico State fell 25-22.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Splits A Pair Of Matches At Golden Dome Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SOUTH BEND, IN - New Mexico State volleyball picked up another win at the Golden Dome Invitational on Saturday when they defeated Valparaiso 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20. A trio of Aggies posted double-doubles including Jordan Abalos who had a team-high 20 kills.

"We started pretty slow from the service line. Defensively, we were poor early on and we lost a lot of points because of it," head coach Mike Jordan said. "I think Kaylee Neal gave us a great lift. Valpo is a team that gave Notre Dame a push last night and they gave us a push today. They are good defensively. It challenged us and I think it was good for our team to be challenged like that."

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NMSU Volleyball Finishes Season With Five Set Win At Rival UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The NM State volleyball team grinded out a gritty win Wednesday afternoon when it battled back to defeat Battle of I-10 rival, UTEP, 25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12 in Memorial Gym.

“Glad we were able to come back from down 2-1 and overcome all of our attack errors,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “Fortunately our block came alive and scored for us in the fifth set.”

How it happened
With the Aggies trailing UTEP in the first set 12-10, NM State rallied for four-straight points to take a 14-12 lead and never looked back. The closest the Miners were able to get was 14-13 on the very next serve, but weren’t able to contain the Aggie attack.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Top Seeded NMSU Volleyball Upset By 5-Seed UTRGV In WAC Tournament Semifinals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The top-seeded NM State volleyball team was upended Friday night, 3-2, at the Pan American Center to fifth-seeded UT Rio Grande Valley in the semifinal match of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament 23-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23.

The Aggies finished the year 23-7 on the year after claiming the WAC regular-season crown. Jordan Abalos and Tatyana Battle led the way once again for NM State on the attacking end with 13 and 14 kills apiece. Both Abalos (18) and Battle (10) also recorded double-doubles with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps UMKC To Close Out WAC Regular Season Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - Behind a trio of players with double-digit kills, the NM State volleyball team wrapped up the regular-season with a 3-0 sweep of UMKC (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) Saturday afternoon on the WAC Digital Network.

How It Happened:
Set No. 1 was no cakewalk for NM State as UMKC (15-12, 8-6 WAC) went point for point with the Aggies (23-6, 13-1 WAC) until Jordan Abalos’ kill gave NM State the 12-11 lead. From there, the duo of Abalos and Sasha-Lee Thomas teamed up for six of the nine kills to give the Aggies the first set.

Much like the first set, the trio of Abalos, Thomas and Kassandra Tohm led the way for New Mexico State. Abalos again broke the deadlock in the second set that gave NM State the lead for good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Match At Chicago State, Clinches WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - It was a roller coaster ride Thursday night at the Dickens Center, but the NM State volleyball team pulled out a 25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-9 victory over Chicago State to win its second-straight Western Athletic Conference title and third in four years. The win also secured the No. 1 seed for NM State at the upcoming WAC Tournament (Nov. 17-19), which will be held in the friendly confines of the Pan American Center where the Aggies have won 41 matches the last four seasons.

"We didn't play well until partway through the fourth set," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We struggle being function for too long, but when we play well we're fun to watch. Megan Hart stepped up and made some big plays for us."

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NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Road Test At UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURGH, TX - Behind a career-high 28 kills, sophomore Tatyana Battle lifted the NM State volleyball team past UT Rio Grande Valley 25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9 Saturday afternoon as the Aggies made their return to the win column.

With the win, NM State (21-6, 11-1 WAC) clinched at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title and could win it outright for the second-consecutive year should CSU Bakersfield fall this afternoon (2 p.m. first serve).

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NMSU Volleyball Falls To CSU Bakersfield 3-1 In Home Finale

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After the opening set, New Mexico State (20-6, 10-1 WAC) could not find a rhythm or clean up the errors as they fell to CSU Bakersfield (10-13, 7-3 WAC) 25-14, 18-25, 18-25, 25-19 in their home finale. The loss snapped a streak of 24-straight Western Athletic Conference wins for NM State. However, the Aggies still hold a two-game lead in the WAC with three matches left in the regular season.

NM State was paced by sophomore Tatyana Battle who set a new career high serving up five aces to go along with her 11 kills, 12 digs and three blocks. Junior Jordan Abalos contributed with nine kills, 12 digs and three blocks. Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas added eight kills and seven blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Completes Season Sweep Of Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (20-5, 10-0 WAC) completed the season sweep of Grand Canyon (4-17, 0-9 WAC) with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-11 victory on Thursday. With the win, the Aggies have now racked up 12 seasons of 20 wins or more in the Mike Jordan era.

“This was a solid win,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “The first set was pretty close, but we were able to jump out to leads in the second and third sets. We made a lot of errors in the first set, but we settled down, started playing loose and served the ball better. I think our athletic ability helped a lot; we are a more athletic team. If you get teams out of system and are more athletic, you will beat them most of the time. We were able to do that, and I’m really proud of how efficient we were in sets two and three.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Road Test At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Sophomore Tatyana Battle had arguably the best match of her career on Thursday, as she led New Mexico State (18-5, 8-0 WAC) to a 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-28, 15-7 victory over Utah Valley (9-12, 5-3 WAC). With the win, the Aggies extend their conference win streak to 22 matches.

“I like the persistence of our team,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We bounced back from our worst serving match with our best serving match of the year, and that was key. When our outside hitters start making good attack choices more often, stop hitting low into blocks and our block starts jumping bigger and stuffing balls to the floor, we are just those things away from being a great team. I’m proud of our effort, especially with three freshmen on the floor at times. I’m proud of the effort and happy we came out with the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>