Freshman Meredith Hays tallied a career-high 21 kills as the New Mexico State volleyball team swept Houston-Baptist 25-15, 25-18, 25-22, in the CenturyLink Premier, which is being held in the Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, Texas, Sept. 9.
Senior setter Jennah DeVries was just one assist short of her season-high marking 41 assists while adding nine digs, four kills and a block assist. Senior libero Kelsi Phillips marked 15 digs, which is her best performance in a three-set match this season. Sophomore Stephanie Ziegler finished the match with seven kills and 11 digs and senior middle hitter Michelle Kuester made an impact on the match with four kills on six attempts to go along with three digs and two block assists on the defensive side of the net.
Hays posted 10 of her 21 kills in the first set and marked a .600 hitting percentage making only one error in the set. The set was tied 12 times and the lead changed seven times with NM State taking its final lead at 14-13 before going on an 11-2 scoring rally to win 25-15.
The Aggies hit .306 in set No. 3 as a team and finished with 16 kills and two total team blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Desiree Scott impacted the set with three kills and a block, while forcing the HBU hitters to hit off balance with her blocking attempts in the middle of the net. NM State took the lead at 4-3 and never lost it winning set two 25-18.
NM State stumbled a little in set No. 3 but finished off the Huskies with a 25-22 victory. Four different Aggies marked at least three kills in the set and Hays was the only Aggie with a service ace. The Aggies went up by as many as five points twice, but errors hurt the Aggies and got HBU to within one at 23-22. Two kills by Hays wrapped up the match giving NM State a 6-2 record on the year.
Tomorrow's match times have been changed to 9am (MT) and 1pm (MT). The Aggies face Northwestern State at 9am and take on host team Texas State at 1pm.