The Aggie volleyball team survived another tough test last night. Louisiana Tech gave the Aggies all they could handle for three out of four sets last night including a stunning rally from down 20-11 beat the Aggies 25-23 in set one. Last night was as good as we've seen Louisiana Tech play against the Aggies for an entire match. As we noted last night, the Lady Techsters have never taken more than one set off the Aggies in a match since the Aggies joined the WAC back in the 2005 season. However, last night not only did they win set one but they had the Aggies on the ropes in set two up 24-22 before the Aggies got four straight points to win the set 26-24. The Aggies dominated set three winning 25-12 with that set looking much more like what we normally see from an Aggie/Techster matchup. Set four was another close one with Louisiana Tech leading 19-15 and 20-17. The Aggies served tough, got Louisiana Tech out of system and won seven of the final eight points.
While the Aggies improved to 3-0 and stay atop the WAC standings, it wasn't easy. One thing we're seeing early in the conference season is that no team can be taken lightly on any night. Not that this wasn't the case before, however, there have been some teams historically that have been as close to guaranteed wins as you can get, Louisiana Tech being one of them.
Last night around the WAC was an example of that as Seattle took Utah State to five sets rallying from down 0-2 and they had a couple match points against the Aggies in set five before USU finally ended it. San Jose State stunned Idaho sweeping the Vandals for the first time since 2006 and did so rather easily winning 25-15, 25-14 and 28-26. The Spartans continue to improve each year. Denver swept UT Arlington last night with the first two sets going to extra points.
It's shaping up to be an entertaining conference season and as we noted earlier this week, protecting home court this year will be even more important than ever.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News discusses the Lobos' triple option.
Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal talks about the Lobo seniors who have never beaten the Aggies.
Ed Johnson of the Albuquerque Journal gives a little history lesson on the rivalry.
Zack Ponce of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' four set win.
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