MOSCOW, Idaho – The New Mexico State volleyball team dropped set one but came back to win the next three sets defeating Idaho 3-1 (14-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22) in Moscow, Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 31. The Aggies are now 14-10 overall and 9-2 in Western Athletic Conference play remaining in first place in the league standings.
The Aggies started with a .125 hitting percentage in set one but bounced back hitting .382 in set two, .429 in set three and .355 in set four to earn the win. Senior Preslie Alexander stepped up offensively marking a career-high 18 kills on 30 swings for without an error to post a .600 hitting percentage.
“Preslie [Alexander] worked hard all week in practice and had a really good game,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I’m really proud of the way she stepped up and hope to see more of that as the season goes on.”
Idaho defeated the Aggies in set one after not marking a single attack error, but forced six errors in set two to gain the momentum. NM State spread the ball around in the second set with senior Desiree Scott marking four kills on six attempts while also picking up a block. Scott finished the night with nine kills, one dig, one assist and two blocks. Alexander, along with red shirt sophomore Bradley Nash, and seniors Stephanie Ziegler and Lauren Loerch added two kills each in set two.
“We made some bad errors and handed points away in set one,” Jordan said. “Everyone was steady after the first set and it was great to see the team regroup to get the win.”
After a 3-3 tie early in set three went on a 8-3 scoring run to take an 11-6 lead. NM State would not allow the Vandals to regain the lead in a set that saw Alexander hammer down six kills. There were four ties in set four but the Aggies never fell behind as Alexander and Scott led the way to a 25-22 win posting four kills each.
The Aggies continue the road trip taking on Seattle U on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. (MT) in Seattle, Wash. That match is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.