The New Mexico State volleyball team helped head coach Mike Jordan pick up win No. 300 on his career as the Aggies swept Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 in the Virginia Street Gym, Thursday, Oct. 6.
The Aggies have now won 10 straight over the Wolf Pack and go to 15-4 overall and 4-0 in WAC play. Sophomore Stephanie Ziegler had an outstanding match as she tallied a .571 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 21 attempts and zero errors. Freshman Meredith Hays marked a match-high 16 kills and added three digs and one service ace.
The Aggies had 30 digs on the night with senior Kelsi Phillips tying for the match-high with 11. The Aggies out-blocked Nevada 10-6, while senior Michelle Kuester tallied a match-high six total blocks, three of them solo.
"We did a good job of passing and we were able to take advantage of that," head coach Mike Jordan said. "I am proud of the Meredith Hays and Stephanie Ziegler and the way they stepped up tonight."
The first set was tight before NM State got a hard hit kill by Hays to put the Aggies up 21-19. NM State then got a solo block from Kuester and a service ace from Phillips to go up 23-19. With the ace, Phillips became the first WAC player to reach 20 aces on the year. The Aggies won the 25-20 after double-block by Kuester and Brennan.
The Aggies fell behind in set two 21-20 but scored five of the last six points to win 25-22. Ziegler, who was hitting .562 after two sets, tallied points 24 and 25 on kills to push the Aggies to the win.
NM State fell behind 11-9 in set three before going on a 10-4 run to take a 19-15 lead and force the Wolf Pack into a timeout. The Aggies got blocks from Kuester and Scott while Ziegler and Hays added a few kills. Nevada inched its way back into the set cutting the lead to one at 20-19. Hays took advantage of an overpass to pick up another kill and followed that with a hard hit ball to give the Aggies a three point lead at 22-19. Hays helped the Aggies wrap up the match as she tallied a kill and an ace to give NM State the 25-22 victory.
The Aggies now head to Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 8 to take on the Bulldogs at 8pm (MT). Fans can catch the action on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.