Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggie Volleyball Rallies Past Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - For the second time in as many matches the New Mexico State volleyball team defeated a Western Athletic Conference foe in thrilling five-set fashion as the Aggies outlasted Utah Valley 25-19, 25-27, 16-25, 25-15, 15-11 on Thursday night.

As on Saturday versus Bakersfield in Las Cruces, NM State came back from a two sets to one deficit to keep its conference-games winning streak alive. The streak now stands at 11-consecutive WAC wins dating back to last season.

The Aggies are now 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the WAC and are on a six-match winning streak, including four-straight wins on the road. The Wolverines fall to 6-10 and .500 at 1-1 in WAC play.

Junior Bradley Nash led the way for NM State with her third double-double of the season after marking a season-high 15 kills and adding 12 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Survives Scare From Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It took five sets and a comeback from being down 2-1, but the New Mexico State volleyball team remains unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play after defeating Bakersfield, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-8, on Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies, who had swept their previous four opponents, had a much tougher time on Saturday en route to winning their fifth-straight match and 10th-straight WAC matchup dating back to last season to move to 2-0 in WAC play and 8-5 overall.

The Roadrunners, who also came into the match at 1-0 in the WAC, fall to .500 in the conference and 5-10 overall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon To Open Conference Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team began defense of its back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles by sweeping Grand Canyon, 25-20, 25-10, 25-17, on Thursday night inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies are now 1-0 in the WAC and have swept four-consecutive matches to move to 7-5 on the season. They have not lost a set after losing to Colorado State and BYU, two top-15 teams.

The NM State defense came up big again, holding the ‘Lopes to a negative hitting percentage during all three sets. Grand Canyon finished with a -.082 hitting percentage to the Aggies’ .240.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps New Hampshire, Takes Home Holly Young Invitational Crown

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DURHAM, N.H. - The New Mexico State volleyball team capped off the Holly Young Invitational by sweeping host New Hampshire, 25-18, 26-24, 25-11 on Saturday night for their second win of the day.

The Aggies swept all three teams they faced this weekend, Rhode Island, Brown and New Hampshire, en route to winning the tournament. Gwen Murphy, Hannah Walker and Sasha-Lee Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

With the three dominating wins NM State jumps to 6-5 overall on the season. The Aggies outhit and outblocked every opponent this weekend to win nine-straight sets.

Junior setter Taylor Livoti collected her second double-double of the day, and team-leading fourth overall, after posting 28 assists and 10 digs versus New Hampshire.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Rhode Island

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DURHAM, N.H. - The New Mexico State volleyball team began play at the Holly Young Invitational on Friday afternoon by defeating the Rhode Island Rams in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, during the two teams’ first-ever meeting.

The Aggies gave the Rams a taste of their own medicine as Rhode Island had swept seven of its first 10 opponents this season. NM State improves its record to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in neutral courts while handing the Rams their second loss of the season (9-2).

NM State outhit Rhode Island .240 to .109 and had a season-high 10 service aces on the day. Freshman Jordan Abalos had four of those aces, a personal high and team high for the season, while junior setter Taylor Livoti added three more aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 9 BYU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive day, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to a top-15 team, this time losing to the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, during final match of the NM State/UTEP Tournament inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies fall to 3-5 after losing to No. 14 Colorado State on Friday and the Cougars on Saturday.

NM State could only muster a .017 hitting percentage as BYU, one of the best blocking teams in the country, finished with 20 total blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Abalos led the Aggies after finishing with her third double-double only three weeks into her Aggie career. Abalos was the only NM State player to finish with double-digit kills, finishing with 11 kills while adding 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 14 Colorado State In Three Close Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a match that saw 35 total ties, two sets go into extra points and all sets decided by two points, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to the 14th-ranked Colorado State Rams in three sets, 26-24, 28-26, 25-23, on Friday night inside the Pan American Center.

The evenly-matched defeat during the first day of the NM State/UTEP Tournament takes the Aggies to a 3-4 overall record. NM State fought tooth and nail with a Colorado State team that had earlier in the day beaten the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars in five sets.

“I think we get better each week,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “We were point-for-point with a great team. We just need to make a few more plays at crunch time.”

The Aggies outhit the Rams .252 to .218 and outblocked them 10 to six, but eight service errors, twice as many as their counterparts, would prove costly for NM State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls In Five Sets To California

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State volleyball team fought and scrapped its way to a five-set match with the Cal Bears on Saturday afternoon during the final match of the NM State Tournament, eventually falling short of a victory, 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-12.

The Aggies, who move to 3-3 on the season, were up two sets to one but lost the final two sets to the 30th-ranked team in the country. The final set was close throughout, but the Golden Bears marked the final two points of the match to pick up their fifth win.

“It was a little frustrating, but we saw a lot of good things and I like the fight in us,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “I thought we went after them pretty well, we got off to a bad start in the first set but we took over and seemed like we were in good shape, but give them credit.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Volleyball Sweeps Radford

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team picked up its second win in as many days on Friday after sweeping Radford, 25-20, 25-17, 25-13, during day two of the NM State Tournament inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies go over .500 for the season with the win as they improve to 3-2 after starting the tournament at 1-2.

Junior outside hitters Bradley Nash and Gwen Murphy both had big days for the Aggies as both finished the match with 10 kills. Nash also finished with a .500 hitting percentage while Murphy added two solo blocks and one block-assist.

Junior setter Taylor Livoti once again led the team in assists with 18. Fellow setter Ashlyn Brown also had double-digit assists, finishing with 10. Libero Hannah Walker, meanwhile, had a team-high 15 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Defeat North Dakota State 3-1 In Home Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State volleyball team defeated North Dakota State during the first match of the NM State Tournament on Thursday night inside the Pan American Center. The Aggies won in four sets, 25-15, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, to even their record at 2-2 on the young season.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Abalos and junior setter Taylor Livoti each notched their second double-double of the season. Abalos led the way on the Aggie frontcourt with 12 kills while also adding 12 digs. Livoti, meanwhile, had a team-high 25 assists and also had 11 digs.

Junior Bradley Nash also hit double-figure kills, finishing with 11, while freshman setter Ashley Brown was right behind Livoti with 19 assists. Libero Hannah Walker led the team with 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>