Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Robert Morris, Brown In Friday Action

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. –The New Mexico State women’s volleyball team was able to put away Robert Morris University in three sets Friday dominating from the start while also rotating in more players.

NM State (6-3) swept 25-16, 25-11 and 25-15 over the Colonials of the Northeast Conference.

Setting the tone for the late morning match, middle blocker Sash-Lee Thomas, a sophomore from Pottsville, Pa., with a series of kills that gave the Aggies a early solid lead that the Colonials (5-3) were never able regain momentum. She would provide a similar charge for the second set, as well.

Coach Mike Jordan said Thomas’ strong start was important to keeping the match energy up after a five-set loss to Oklahoma the night before in the Pan American Center.

“Sasha is our own little energizer bunny,” Jordan said. “And that’s saying something because she just came off ACL surgery and was only recently cleared to play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall In Five Sets To Oklahoma

Written By: NM State athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies battled back once again on Thursday night and had Oklahoma tied at 14-all in the fifth set before the Sooner spoiled the party by taking the next two points to claim the match 3-2 at the Pan American Center.

NM State (5-3) fell 16-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 14-16 to the Big 12 power Sooners (3-4) to open play in the Borderland Classic.

"I'm disappointed we lost, I knew it would be a close match," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "In the fifth set we just made a couple of mental mistakes and a couple of missed assignments. We dominated them for two sets, the third and fourth, and you can take a lot away from that. The key is to put it together for three sets, not two. But we will get there."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls At Texas A&M In Five Set Thriller

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies overcame a 2-0 deficit, but couldn’t quite take the match, as the Texas A&M Aggies held on for a 3-2 win Sunday in the final match of the Texas A&M Invitational.

NM State (5-2) fell 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 25-16, 9-15 to Texas A&M (4-1).

“We battled a great team today,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “It was a completely even matchup that went to the home team. I’d love to have had the match at Las Cruces.”

The New Mexico Aggies got another great outing from freshman Tatyana Battle of Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola who chalked up 18 kills, while sophomore Sasha-Lee Thomas of Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville added 14 kills, hit .619 and tallied three blocks.

Senior Bradley Nash of Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley tallied 14 kills with two blocks and senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union added a dozen kills with an ace and three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Abilene Christian

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies had a quick overnight turnaround but still swept winless Abilene Christian 3-0 in the second game of the Texas A&M Invitational Saturday morning.

The Aggies (5-1) needed just an hour and 12 minutes to sweep the Wildcats (0-5) 25-21, 25-14, 25-20.

“We were sloppy at times, but I was proud of the way we were able to play through it this morning,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “We hit for a good percentage, but defensively we had some tired legs. It’s hard to play well in an early morning match after such a draining match last night.”

The Aggies won an emotional five-set match over Wichita State on Friday night.

Senior outside hitter Andrea Tauai of Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga led the way for the Aggies against ACU, getting a double-double of 12 kills and 16 digs while hitting .375 to go with three service aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies From 0-2 Deficit To Stun Wichita State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies answered the challenge Friday night, rallying from two sets down to grab a 3-2 victory over Wichita State in the Texas A&M Invitational at Reed Arena.

The Aggies (4-1) posted the win 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 30-28, 15-13 over the Shockers (3-2).

"This was a great win for us," said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. "Wichita State is picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference and was receiving votes in the national poll. This win really says a lot.

"I love the fight in the team right now. Last week's Arizona State loss taught us a lot. If we didn't play ASU, we don't win tonight."

The Aggies only loss this season was the tough five-setter to the No. 16 Sun Devils.

NM State freshman outside hitter Tatyana Battle of Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola paced the Aggies with her first career 20-kill match to go with three blocks and a service ace.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Montana

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State volleyball team finished a four-game stretch at the Falcon Classic hosted by the Air Force Academy by defeating Montana in straight sets on Sunday, 25-13, 25-18, 25-19.

The Aggies leave Colorado with a 3-1 record, with the only loss coming at the hands of No. 16 Arizona State in a five-set thriller on Saturday.

“I’m really happy with the effort again today,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “We were a tired team but really gave a good effort today.”

NM State (3-1) held the Grizzlies (2-1) to a .108 hitting percentage while the Aggies hit at .367, including finishing with a .600 hitting percentage in set number one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls In Five Sets To No. 16 Arizona State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - For a set and a half it seemed the New Mexico State volleyball team was the one ranked in the top 25, then it slipped away for a while, then there was a resurgence, before the Aggies finally fell to No. 16 Arizona State on Saturday at the Falcon Classic in a rollercoaster of a match that finished the Sun Devils way, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7.

It was an up and down day for the Aggies (2-1), unfortunately, the final slope went downwards. NM State seemed in control during the first portion of the match, then fell down two sets to one, before coming back and tying the match at two sets and taking a lead midway through the final and deciding set. But that's when Arizona State (2-0) took control of the set and the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Improves To 2-0 With Victory Over Air Force

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State volleyball team concluded day one at the Falcon Classic by defeating host Air Force in four sets, 25-22, 25-16, 15-25, 25-20, on Friday night at Cadet East Gym.

It was the second win of the day for the Aggies (2-0), who had defeated Northeastern in straight sets earlier in the day. The Falcons (0-2), meanwhile, were on the opposite side of the coin as they had lost a five-setter to Montana before falling to NM State.

For the second-straight match it was a mix of seniors and freshmen that ruled the action for the Aggies. Senior Gwen Murphy once again led both team in kills, finishing with 16, while freshman Tatyana Battle once again finished in double figures with 12.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Northeastern To Open 2015 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State volleyball team began the 2015 campaign by defeating Northeastern in straight sets, 25-21, 25-13, 25-23, on Friday during the opening match of the Falcon Classic hosted by the Air Force Academy.

The Aggies found different ways to win each set, coming back late to steal the first set, easily winning the second and finally winning the third and final set that saw 11 ties and was back-and-forth throughout.

“We’re happy with the win, we made some plays when we needed to and showed a lot of physical ability,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “Obviously, being the first weekend it’s not always smooth or pretty to watch, but we’re happy with the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls At UMKC 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State volleyball team lost for the second time this season to Missouri-Kansas City after falling in four sets, 25-11, 25-20, 23-25, 25-12, on Saturday afternoon to the Kangaroos.

The Aggies (16-10, 10-4 WAC) finish in second place in the Western Athletic Conference behind UMKC (24-5, 12-2), which had its greatest season in program history.

NM State heads into the WAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, which carries with it a first-round bye and an automatic placement in the tournament semifinals.

The Aggies struggled from the get go on Saturday. The ‘Roos outhit NM State .284 to .116 as the Aggies had a total of 25 service errors. Only junior Gwen Murphy hit at or above .200 for NM State, and she was right at .200.  Continue Reading This Post >>