NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL – The New Mexico State volleyball team took on Chicago State at the Johnson Convocation Center in a Western Athletic Conference match on Saturday. The Aggies swept the Cougars 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 for their fourth-straight win.

"I'm happy to have gone 2-0 on this road trip," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were fairly consistent but in that third set we lost our focus a bit. Overall, we did what we needed to do and now we get ready for next week."

How it Happened

NM State (14-5, 4-2 WAC) went back-and-forth with CSU (7-14, 1-4 WAC) but a four-point run with Halle Razo at the serving line put the Aggies ahead 15-11 at the media timeout. New Mexico State continued to cruise by the Cougars and a block by Megan Hart allowed the Aggies to hold the 20-12 advantage late in the set. On set point, Krysten Garrison found Savannah Davison and the outside hitter's kill gave New Mexico State the 25-15 victory in the opening set.

In the second set, the Aggies jumped ahead 8-5, forcing the Cougars to use one of their timeouts. New Mexico State's lead slipped and CSU tied the set 10-10. NM State broke ahead following the tie and a kill by Hart put New Mexico State ahead by five. A kill by Davison started another Aggie rally that gave NM State the 22-16 lead late in the set. New Mexico State held onto its advantage and an attack error by Chicago State closed out NM State's 25-18 victory in the second set.

The Aggies came out flat in the third set and at the media timeout, the team trailed the opposition 15-14. The teams went point-for-point following the break but back-to-back kills by the Cougar put New Mexico State behind 21-20. After tying the set, Natalie Mikels rattled off a three-point scoring run from behind the service line to bring the Aggies to set point. A kill by Kelly sealed the 25-22 victory in the final set, completing the road sweep.

By The Numbers

New Mexico State posted 43 kills on hitting .276 for the match. As a squad, NM State tallied 52 digs, 42 assists, and 11 blocks. Battle posted her 10th double-double her senior campaign when she recorded 14 kills and 16 digs. Davison also posted double-digit kills in the victory when she posted 12.

The Aggies' are back in action when the team travels to Edinburg, Texas, for a match at UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Oct. 13. First serve from the conference clash is set for 6 p.m. MT.