NMSU Volleyball Wins Weekend Tournament
The New Mexico State volleyball team won the CenturyLink Premier hosted by Texas State in San Marcos, Texas after defeating the Bobcats in four sets (25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24), Saturday, Sept. 10.
Senior Jennah DeVries earned tournament MVP while marking 51 assists and 15 digs for her sixth double-double of the year and the second of the tournament. Sophomore tallied 21 kills and 13 digs for her third double-double of 2011, while senior Kelsey Brennan slammed down 14 kills and added four digs and three block assists on the defensive side of the net. Both Hays and Brennan earned all-tournament honors for their performances.
"We learned some things about ourselves and I am happy to see us come out with four wins," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It was a tough schedule for us this weekend, playing back-to-back pretty much on both days. We weren't always great and there is room for improvement, but our team competed for the most part and I am proud of that. I think we are only going to get better and if we keep working hard we are going to be a very good team."
Senior libero Kelsi Phillips chipped in with a team-high 18 digs with three assists, while middle hitters Michelle Kuester and Desiree Scott posted five and eight kills respectively. The Aggies had 10 total team blocks and four services aces with Hays marking two of them.
Set one was exciting and saw 12 ties and five lead changes. The Aggies began to pull away at 16-13 when Hays slammed a kill to the floor and forced Texas State into a timeout. Scott would finish off the Bobcats with her third kill of the afternoon to give NM State a 25-20 win.
The Aggies seemed to play pretty dominantly in set two winning 25-18 with Hays marking six kills and fellow freshman outside hitter Jocelyn Leichner adding five kills. NM State scored the first two points of the set and never lost the lead.
Brennan did what she could in set No. 3 coming up with six kills, but five service aces and only three attack errors from the Bobcats proved to be too much for NM State as it fell 25-22. The Aggies got within one at 23-22 but they could not get over the hump to pull off the sweep.
Set four turned out to be an exciting one with the Aggies taking advantage of two errors by the Bobcats when the score was tied at 24-24. NM State took the first lead and eventually extended that lead to three at 19-16 but the host team would not go away without a fight tying the set at 23 and 24 before NM State won 26-24.
The Aggies are now 8-2 on the season and host I-10 rival UTEP, Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Pan American Center. Fans can call 575-646-1420 for tickets. The game will be broadcast on TV as a part of the AggieVision Productions. Check local listings for airtimes.