Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Erin Birmingham's Career Night Pushes Aggies Past San Jose State 3-1

The Aggie volleyball team dominated the first two sets against San Jose State on Thursday night winning 25-11 and 25-16 and looked to be well on their way to a quick night. However, San Jose State had other plans. The Spartans regrouped coming out of intermission and dominated the Aggies in set three winning 25-19, just their 10th set victory this season.

The Spartans, having tasted their first set victory over the Aggies since the 2005 season wanted more. SJSU started the match by jumping out to a 7-1 lead. The Spartans would push their lead out to seven points at 11-4 before the Aggies would go on a 7-4 run to cut the deficit to 14-11. A quick timeout by San Jose State appeared to calm the Spartans' nerves as they rattled off three straight points to push the lead back out to six points at 17-11. The Aggies cut the Spartans' lead to 20-15 and then the teams traded the next six points as SJSU lead 23-18 and appeared ready to push the match to a fifth set. However, the Aggies would respond.

After a kill by the Aggies' Kayleigh Gidddens cut the Spartans' lead to 23-19, sophomore setter Jennah DeVries came up to serve and with DeVries on serve the Aggies would win the final six points of the set to escape from Spartan Gym with a 25-23 set victory and a 3-1 match victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Swept By Lobos; Series Streak Ends At 10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Jennah DeVriesLAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) to the University of New Mexico in the Pan American Center, Tuesday, Oct. 13.

It was the first time UNM defeated the Aggies since Sept. 24, 2002. NM State now goes to 10-6 on the year, while the Lobos improve to 13-6. The Aggie were out hit .255 to .073 and out blocked 12-7.

"UNM played very well and we didn't pass the ball very good tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said.

Junior Whitney Woods (Midland, Texas) and sophomore Kelsey Brennan (Monroe, Wash.) marked a team-high nine kills each, while senior Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) added eight. Sophomore Kelsi Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a team-high 11 digs as Brennan led the way at the net with five block assists.

The Aggies hit .023 in set one and had 10 kills, while posting the same number of blocks as UNM. The Lobos went up 2-0 and never lost the lead winning 25-18. NM State pulled to within two at 12-10 on a block by Brennan and Altermatt, but couldn't hold on to the momentum.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

Aggies Cruise Past Louisiana Tech; Improve To 10-5

Kelsey BrennanThe Aggie volleyball team breezed past Louisiana Tech winning 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15 on Saturday afternoon in Las Cruces, N.M. "We played well, La. Tech struggled a little bit offensively and we were able to take advantage of that," said head coach Mike Jordan after the match.

The Aggies got big performances from Aggie middles Kelsey Brennan and Erin Birmingham as well as outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens. Brennan finished the match hitting .471 with 10 kills on 17 swings with two attack errors while Birmingham finished with six kills on nine swings for a .556 hitting percentage. The duo had one dig apiece to go along with two block assists each. Birmingham also finished with a service ace. Coach Jordan said of his middles, "They're doing a really good job, especially when they get seam. They're strong kids and can pound the ball to the floor. If we locate it well we're going to do pretty well with those guys."

Kayleigh Giddens led all players with 13 kills on 33 swings and just three hitting errors, all in the first set, to finish with a .303 hitting percentage. "Kayleigh got off to a bad start in game one but heated up pretty quick," said Coach Jordan. He added, "Confidence is a wonderful thing. When you see it in their eyes you know you're going to have a pretty good time of it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Broncos; Improves to 4-1 In WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOISE, ID - The New Mexico State volleyball team picked 12 total blocks to sweep Boise State 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Aggies go to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference play to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the league standings. Junior Whitney Woods (Midland, Texas) posted six block assists, along with senior Erin Birmingham (Riverside, Mo.) who posted five block assists and sophomore Kelsey Brennan (Monroe, Wash.) who tallied six of her own.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. No. 4 Hawai'i Match Photos

NM State vs. No. 4 Hawai'i Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball, Football Fall On Saturday Night

The Aggie football team lost on the road at San Diego State 34-17. Tied 17-17 in the 4th quarter the Aztecs drove down for the go ahead touchdown to take a 24-17 lead. On the ensuing possession the Aggies were forced to punt but a fumbled snap by Kyle Hughes resulted in SDSU taking over on the Aggies' 23. The Aggie defense made a stand and held the Aztecs to a field goal and a 27-17 deficit but on the next series the Aggies' quarterback Trevor Walls was picked off and the ball returned to the Aggie five yard line. SDSU punched the ball in for the touchdown two plays later and took a 34-17 lead and held on for the victory. The loss drops the Aggies to 2-3 on the season. NM State returns to action next week when they host WAC rival Utah State.

The Aggie volleyball team lost to visiting Hawai'i 3-1. The Aggie dropped the first set 25-21 but rebounded to win set two decisively 25-15. A back and forth battle saw Hawai'i win set three 25-22 and then the Wahine dominated the fourth set 25-11 to take the match. The loss drops the Aggies to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in conference. The Aggies are back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Boise to take on Boise State. The Aggies will then return home to host Louisiana Tech at 12:00 p.m. MT.

NM State vs. Nevada Match Photos

NM State vs. Nevada Match Photos

Aggies Sweep Nevada 3-0; Improve to 3-0 In WAC Play

The New Mexico State volleyball team overcame another sluggish start to sweep the visiting Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday night in the Pan American Center 25-22, 25-21 and 25-21.

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggies trailed in set one 13-3 before storming back with a 16-6 run to tie the match at 19. The Aggies and Wolf Pack would trade points to 21 before the Aggies took the lead for good at 22-21. Back-to-back kills by Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods sealed the 25-21 set victory for the Aggies. "Nevada played hard, they were really good defensively and extended some rallies. After the slow start we played pretty good," said Coach Jordan after the match. "I was a little concerned with the number of attack errors, that's shown itself a little too often. But all in all I thought we played a pretty good game and we had a lot of people contribute."

Set two saw the Aggies jump out to a quick 7-1 lead. Nevada would get as close at two points at 13-11 but the Aggies asserted themselves and pushed the lead out to five points at 18-13 and would go on to win the set 25-21.

The Aggies fell behind 7-4 in the third set but a nice run on serve behind tough serving from Kelsi Phillips saw the Aggies rattle off seven straight points to grab an 11-7 lead which they would not relinquish. Nevada cut the lead to two at 14-12 but the Aggies would stretch their lead to six at 23-17 before winning 25-21.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>