Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State volleyball team traveled north to play the Denver Pioneers on Saturday, handling business with 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-16). The Aggies improve to 16-7 on the season and 9-3 in WAC play, while the Pioneers fall to 13-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
Junior middle hitter Desiree Scott led the Aggies with a .611 hitting percentage in the match, going 11-of-18, with no errors, while collecting a block and five assisted blocks in the match. Preslie Alexander, a junior middle blocker, was 5-of-11 in the match and hit .250. As a team, the Aggies hit .288 with 45 kills. The NM State defense was stellar, holding Denver to a .098 hitting percentage for the match, while forcing 21 hitting errors.
NM State took the first set of the match 25-20, ending the set on a 7-2 rally. Scott helped the Aggies take the first set with a .714 hitting percentage, going 5-of-7 at the net. She would also add a solo block and a block assist. Alexander was 3-of-5 in the set, with a .600 hitting percentage. The Aggies and Pioneers were neck and neck throughout the entire set until late, when the Aggies took the momentum and separated themselves from Denver to take set one. NM State had 19 kills to Denver's 13, while not allowing the Pioneers a single block.
In set two, the Aggies jumped out early, taking an 11-7 lead over Denver. NM State continued to hold a strong lead 15-10 on solid attacking by the Aggie outside hitters. The Aggies then put a choke hold on the second set jumping out to a 20-13 lead before Denver called a timeout. NM State would eventually take care of set two, winning 25-17. The Aggies hit .387 with just three errors in the second set, allowing Denver just a .167 hitting percentage. Scott continued to lead the Aggies' attack with a .636 hitting percentage through two sets, going 7-of-11, followed by Alexander who was hitting .500 for the match, hitting 4-of-8. Scott also led the Aggies with one block and three assisted blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hayes had eight digs for the Aggies after two sets.
NM State took a 6-4 lead to begin the third set. The Aggies then took a hold of the third set, grabbing a 14-8 lead, on a 4-0 rally. Denver would battle back, cutting the Aggie lead to 16-12. While the Pioneers were determined not to give up so easily, the Aggies held on to a 17-14 lead, midway through the third set. NM State put together another 4-0 run to take a 21-15 lead. The Aggies would end the third set on a 9-2 run, sweeping the Pioneers, 3-0.
The Aggies will be back in action on Monday in the Pan American Center against Seattle. The match begins at 7 p.m. (MT)