Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - New Mexico State (13-4, 4-0 WAC) came away with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Grand Canyon (4-11, 0-3 WAC) to close out their first Western Athletic Conference road trip of the season on Saturday.

“You have to give GCU a lot of credit for competing well,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I thought we got outplayed in some areas. Offensively, we finally stopped being so error-prone, and our blocking got better as the match went on. I think that was the difference in the match. We did what we were supposed to do. I’d like to see us continue to get better, not make so many errors. When we stop giving the other team points, we will be a really good volleyball team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (12-4, 3-0 WAC) took care of business in their Western Athletic Conference road test of the season on Thursday, as they swept CSU Bakersfield (4-11, 1-1 WAC) 26-24, 25-20, 25-19. NM State has now won six straight and 17 straight WAC matches, dating back to last season.

“I challenged our group to become more competitive, and I think we did that tonight,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I always think CSU Bakersfield is one of the most competitive teams in the conference, and they may be the most competitive. I liked our attitude, our persistence and our effort tonight. It looked like we played for each other and for the name on the front of the jersey. I am really proud of them; they did a really great job.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Match With Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In what looked to be a replay of Thursday’s match, New Mexico State (11-4, 2-0 WAC) outlasted Utah Valley (4-11, 0-2 WAC) 18-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 16-14 on Saturday. The Aggies are now 3-1 in five set matches this season, with the only loss coming to UC Santa Barbara in the opening weekend.

“You have to give credit to Utah Valley, they are a great blocking team and came out did some good things in the first half,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I felt like they were definitely more prepared to play than we were. It was tough match back and forth. There were a lot of errors on both sides, and it was not pretty volleyball. However, we are finding ways to win. Other than being a little tougher and more competitive, I don’t know if I can ask for much more from our team. We are really happy to be 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Seattle Comeback Attempt, Opens WAC Play With 3-2 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Once again, New Mexico State (10-4, 1-0 WAC) and Seattle U (7-7, 0-1 WAC) took five sets to determine a winner, with the Aggies coming out on top with a 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 15-13 decision, to start the Western Athletic Conference season.

"I liked our service pressure," said head coach Mike Jordan. "In the first couple of sets, we blocked well and got in their heads a little bit. They didn't look characteristic of themselves. I really expected this to be a close match. Then the 10-minute break happened, and it changes the momentum sometimes. We came out and got super high air. Their service pressure improved and started serving it tougher. They started taking better swings. It looked like the match had flipped. We went from looking the best we have this year, to looking like we did the first week of the season in the third and fourth sets. We started getting in our own heads, trying to hang on and hope they would make mistakes, instead of making plays. I tried to fire them up and I don't know if it worked or not, but we are happy to get a win."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Survives Binghamton, 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second straight match, junior Jordan Abalos put up at least 20 kills and led New Mexico State (8-4) to a 23-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-21 victory over Binghamton (5-7).

“We got pushed today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “They were pretty good at exposing some of our weaknesses, and it took us too long to adjust. However, we played well at the end of sets and managed to score points, which is a big point of emphasis for us. Jordan [Abalos] has been playing really well the last couple of matches, and we have been relying on her a little bit. Tatyana [Battle] began to show more life offensively toward the end of the match, which is good. I like some of the things we are doing, but I would like to get more people involved offensively. We need to start blocking more balls as well.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To Arizona 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Jordan Abalos led the New Mexico State volleyball team with a career-high 19 kills as the Aggies fell 21-25, 25-19, 16-25, 20-25 to Arizona in the final contest of the Borderland Invitational at the Pan American Center.

“The first set got away from us,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We had 17 kills to their 13, and we made a couple of ball handling errors late that cost us. If we could have gotten that win, we could have gone up 2-0 after the break and I would have liked our chances. We looked great in the second set, probably as good as we have looked all year. In the third set we came out and got down early, and were emotionless. I tried to fie us up and get us a rally, but our leaders need to do that not me. All in all, we are consistently inconsistent with some things, with our youth. We will get better.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Wins Five Set Battle With Sacramento State; Falls In Three Sets To No. 16 Texas A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State volleyball (6-2) pulled out the victory in a five set thriller against Sacramento State (3-4) on Friday. The Aggies were able to take the match with a 25-22, 16-25, 27-25, 24-26, 16-14 decision.

“We were making plays when we needed to, but we were a little up and down like we have been,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “That’s youth and confidence, though. Hopefully, we will continue to learn every time we take the floor.”

The Aggies had four player put up double-digit kills in the match. Western Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Sasha-Lee Thomas paced the Aggies once again with 17 kills and six blocks to go with her .359 hitting percentage. Junior Jordan Abalos logged her sixth double-double of the season with her 14 kills and 17 digs. Junior Kassandra Tohm put up 13 kills and 5 blocks. Sophomore Tatyana Battle nabbed her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Troy

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROY, AL - New Mexico State volleyball continued to roll on Saturday morning as they swept host Troy in the Trojan Invitational. The Aggies took the match with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 decision.

The Aggies were led once again by junior Jordan Abalos. The Safford, Ariz. native logged her fifth double-double in six matches with 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Tatyana Battle also played a large role putting up nine kills. On the defensive side, freshman Brigette Lowe put up a team-leading four blocks.

NM State picked up where they left off yesterday by opening the match with a 10-1 run. Troy began to come to life late in the set, as they cut the lead to 15-10 midway through the frame. However, the comeback was not to be as the Aggies took the first set 25-15.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike Jordan Picks Up Career Win No. 400; Aggies Win Two At Troy Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROY, AL - With the 3-0 sweep of Valparaiso (2-2) on Friday, New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan reached rarified air earning his 400th career win. The Aggies (3-2) captured the win with a 25-9, 25-19, 25-21 decision.

"I have had a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches in my career," said Jordan. "I am proud to be the coach here at New Mexico State. Reflecting back, there have been a lot of big wins, but I think about all of the players too. That's the cool part about this win, it brings me back to my first season here and all of the memories."

In his 19th season at NM State, Jordan now holds a career coaching record of 400-179, all with the Aggies. He is the winningest coach in NM State volleyball history, a title he claimed in 2004.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To UNLV In Three Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - In the finale of the UNLV Invitational, New Mexico State (1-2) could not overcome large deficits against UNLV (3-0) as they fell in three sets on Saturday. The Rebels took the match with a 21-25, 17-25, 21-25 decision.  Continue Reading This Post >>