Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggie Volleyball Defeats La. Tech 3-1, Improves to 2-0 In WAC Play

Whitney Woods finished with a career-high 22 kills in a 3-1 victory over La. TechThe Aggie volleyball team overcame a slow start in Ruston, LA. that saw them drop the first set 25-19 before rallying to take sets two, three and four by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21. Junior right-side attacker Whitney Woods was virtually unstoppable as she finished with a career-high 22 kills on 33 swings with just three hitting errors, all coming in the final set. She finished with a .576 hitting percentage. "Woods was just tremendous. She saw the block well and they were kind of smaller over there and had a tough time dealing with her and Jennah [DeVries] located the ball well and we kept going to it," said Coach Jordan of his junior's performance in the match.

Outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens posted her best match of the season finishing with a .342 hitting percentage and an Aggie career high of 19 kills on 38 swings with just six hitting errors and added 13 kills for a double-double. "She's got such a golden arm, she hits it so hard. I was a little bit more proud of her in that she took a lot of good swings on some bad sets and didn't try to do too much with them."

With Louisiana Tech's defense focused on stopping the duo of Woods and Giddens, it opened things up for the Aggie middle hitters Erin Birmingham and Kelsey Brennan. Birmingham and Brennan finished with six and five kills respectively. "Once they started paying so much attention to trying to stop them we were able to go inside to Erin and it worked out real well for us."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Sweep Utah State; Win 10th Consecutive Home Conference Opener

Kayleigh GiddensLAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggie volleyball team kicked of WAC play with a sweep on Thursday night in the Pan American Center winning 25-22, 26-24 and 25-20. The victory marked the 10th consecutive season the Aggies have won their home conference opener, a streak that spans two conferences and head coach Mike Jordan is now 10-2 in home conference openers in his 12 seasons at New Mexico State.

The Aggies were paced by a match high 14 kills from Kayleigh Giddens, her second consecutive 14 kill outing. Krista Altermatt finished with 11 kills on 30 swings with just four hitting errors for a .233 hitting percentage. Whitney Woods finished with eight kills and middle hitters Erin Birmingham and Kelsey Brennan, whose kill finished the match, had four and five kills respectively.

Defensively the Aggies had their best outing of the season holding Utah State to just a .073 hitting percentage, well below the UtAgs season average of .237. The Aggies hit just .145 on the evening but finished with 12 total blocks as Whitney Woods led the way with two solo blocks and seven block assists. Kelsey Brennan also had two solo blocks and Erin Birmingham finished with six block assists.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Defeat UTEP 3-1, Sweep Season Series for 5th Consecutive Time

The Aggies defeated a game UTEP squad 3-1 in El Paso at Memorial Gym winning set one 25-18, falling in set two 25-23, winning set three 25-23 and clinching the match with a decisive 25-19 victory.

The Aggies trailed 15-11 in the 4th set but went on a 12-1 run to take a commanding 23-16 lead. The Aggies finished off the Miners after a brief rally by UTEP.

Sophomore middle hitter Kelsey Brennan had another outstanding match against UTEP finishing with 10 kills on 15 swings with just one attack error for a .600 hitting percentage. Fellow middle hitter Erin Birmingham also had a strong match for the Aggies finishing with seven kills on 15 swings with just one attack error for a .375 hitting percentage.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

Aggies Survive Scare From UTEP; Win 3-2 In Battle Of I-10 Round I.

Powered by a career night from sophomore middle hitter Kelsey Brennan the Aggies won their tenth straight match over I-10 rival UTEP. Brennan finished with 18 kills on 26 attacks with just three hitting errors (.577%) and added three solo blocks and seven block assists in the five set victory. The Aggies needed five sets to earn the win taking set one 25-19, losing set two 25-19, winning set three 25-17, losing set four 25-23 and then holding on for a 15-13 win in set five after storming out to a 7-1 lead.

Aggie freshman outside hitter Stephanie Ziegler had the match clinching kill in set five and finished with 12 kills but also recorded nine errors (.073%). Senior middle hitter Erin Birmingham added 10 kills and four block assists. Senior outside hitter Krista Altermatt finished with 17 kills and nine digs.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Italian National A2 Team Match Photos

NM State vs. Italian National A2 Team Match Photos

NM State vs. #8 Illinois Match Photos

NM State vs. #8 Illinois Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball, Football Have Tough Day

The Aggie volleyball team and the Aggie football both lost on Saturday as the weekend of Aggie athletics continued. The Aggies were swept by No. 8 Illinois 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 in the final match of the Hotel Encanto Volleyball tournament while the football team was defeated in the season opener 21-6 by Idaho.

NM State vs. Florida State Match Photos

NM State vs. Florida State Match Photos

Aggies Sweep North Texas, Win Mean Green Classic Title

Written By: N.M. State Athletic Dept.

DENTON, TX - The New Mexico State volleyball team (3-0) swept the University of North Texas to win the Mean Green Volleyball Classic at the Mean Green Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Aggies, who placed senior Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and junior Kayleigh Giddens (Lubbock, Texas) on the all-tournament team, held their opponent to a .083 hitting percentage.  NM State hit .265 as a team and spread the ball around to pick up 46 kills.

Sophomore Kelsi Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the way defensively again for NM State with 14 digs as the Aggies struggled at the net picking up only four team blocks on the night.

"We didn't play great defense but we will work at it and get better," head coach Mike Jordan said.  "Kelsi (Phillips) has been doing great for us.  She has improved her serve-receive and gives the team great energy.  She is living up to her potential."  Continue Reading This Post >>