Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

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 >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State; Sets Up Showdown For WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State volleyball team set up a showdown for a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season crown by easily handling Chicago State on Thursday in straight sets, 25-11, 25-16, 25-11.

The Aggies (16-9) move to 10-3 in WAC play and will face Missouri-Kansas City (23-5) on Saturday for a share of the WAC title on the line. The ‘Roos also won in straight sets on Thursday to move to 11-2 in the conference, a record that includes a win in Las Cruces earlier in the season over NM State.

A win on Saturday in the conference finale will give the Aggies a share of the WAC regular-season title for the second time in the program’s history as they also shared the WAC crown with Hawai’i in 2008. A loss would give UMKC the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in next week’s WAC Tournament and drop NM State to the second seed.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Defeat UTPA 3-1, Pull Within One Game Of First Place In WAC

Written By; NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State volleyball team remained perfect (11-0) versus Texas-Pan American after defeating the Broncs Saturday afternoon in four sets, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12, to improve to 15-9 overall and 9-3 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Aggies often struggled to find continuity, but in the end used what has been their calling card all year, defense, to win their third-straight match. NM State held the Broncs to a total .085 hitting percentage, including a -.091 percentage in set three and a .000 percentage in the final set.

Juniors Bradley Nash and Nathalie Castellanos each finished with 11 kills for the Aggies while Gwen Murphy and senior Shelbi Goode each had 10 kills. Goode has made the most of her final stretch as an Aggie, finishing with double-digit kills for the second-straight match while also leading NM State on Saturday with a career-high .421 hitting percentage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Picks Up Win On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team won its second-consecutive four-set match after defeating Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon, 28-26, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, inside the Pan American Center.

Saturday’s match was the final one for the Aggies at home this season. With the win NM State improves to 14-9 overall and remains in second place in the Western Athletic Conference with an 8-3 conference record. The team finishes with an 8-4 record inside the Pan American Center.

The Wolverines fall to 10-16 and under .500 in the WAC at 5-6.

Junior Nathalie Castellanos led the Aggies by tying a season high with 12 kills. She also had 12 kills against Utah Valley the first time the two teams met this season. Castellanos also finished with a match-high .423 hitting percentage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Downs Seattle In Four Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team made up for an earlier loss this season to Seattle U by defeating the Redhawks on Thursday night in four sets, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (13-9) now find themselves alone in second place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-3 record after Bakersfield lost to conference-leading Missouri-Kansas City on Thursday. Seattle (9-13), which entered only a half a game behind NM State in the WAC standings, falls to 5-4 in conference play.

In a matchup of the top-two blocking teams in the WAC, the Aggies outblocked the top blocking team in the conference 9-8, led by redshirt freshman middle blocker Sasha-Lee Thomas who finished with seven total blocks.

NM State also outhit the Redhawks .256 to .124 and had 57 kills to Seattle’s 40.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls In Five Sets At Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State volleyball team put itself in a 2-0 hole on Saturday afternoon but rallied to tie the match at two sets apiece versus Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, the Aggies could not finish off the comeback and lost to the ‘Lopes in five sets, 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11.

NM State, which was trying to win its first match of the season after losing the first set, moves to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in Western Athletic Conference play. Grand Canyon picks up its first-ever win versus the Aggies (1-6) to move to 14-9 and 4-6 in the WAC.

Just as the score, the stat sheet shows how evenly the match was played. Both teams finished with 63 kills, the Aggies won the dig battle 99-97 and the assist battle 61-57 while the ‘Lopes outhit NM State .176 to .157.  Continue Reading This Post >>