Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

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 >>

NMSU Volleyball Falls In Four Sets At UNM

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After taking the opening set, New Mexico State (17-5, 7-0 WAC) dropped the next three sets to New Mexico (11-11, 1-7 MW) in a 25-20, 26-28, 17-25, 23-25 loss in the Battle of I-25. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Aggies.

Three Aggies logged double digit kills in the defeat. Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas put up 15 kills and a season-high seven blocks. Juniors Jordan Abalos and Kassandra Tohm posted 14 and 10 kills apiece, respectively.

NM State looked prepared as they opened on a 3-0 run. This quickly devolved into a point-for-point shootout, as both teams traded points most of the set. The Aggies finally broke away at 20-19, and eventually took their only set 25-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (17-4, 7-0 WAC) came away with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 sweep over Chicago State (3-18, 1-6 WAC) on Saturday to close out the four-match homestand and the first part of the Western Athletic Conference schedule.

“I am pleased for the most part with how we played today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I don’t know if we are capable of hitting for a big percentage very often, because of how error prone we are. Our kill numbers are good, and we played pretty good defense most of the time. Our blocking could be better, but that is a work in progress. I think it is a matter of cleaning up the errors. Chicago State was a little shorthanded today, with their best attacker not being able to play. We took advantage of that a little, and played well enough to win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Rallies For Five Set Win Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After being down 2-0, New Mexico State (16-4, 6-0 WAC) rallied all the way back to take the last three sets from UMKC (10-9, 3-3 WAC) and steal the 23-25, 24-26, 25-17, 27-25, 15-12 victory. With the win, the Aggies extend their regular season Western Athletic Conference win streak to an impressive 20 straight.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps I-10 Rival UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (14-4, 4-0 WAC) notched their fourth-straight sweep over UTEP (3-13, 1-2 C-USA) with a 26-24, 25-23, 25-15 victory in front of a raucous crowd on Wednesday.

“It is always good to get wins in these rivalry matches,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “However, we made a lot of bad attack choices in the first two sets. We got out of system and they blocked some balls, plus we made too many errors and gave them points. In the third set, we only made three errors. That is really what it boiled down to.”   Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>