PHOENIX, Ariz. – The New Mexico State volleyball team won its fifth straight match after sweeping Grand Canyon (25-20, 25-20, 25-20) inside Grand Canyon Arena, Monday, Nov. 4. NM State moves to 16-10 overall and 11-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Aggies won their only Monday night match of the year and continue to hold onto first place, just a game ahead of Utah Valley. NM State hit .209 and held GCU to a .059 hitting percentage. The Aggies also out-dug the best digging team in the WAC, 54-52. Redshirt sophomore Bradley Nash led the way with a match-high 17 digs to go along with six kills.
Senior Desiree Scott tallied a match-high 14 kills on 29 attempts and five errors for a .310 hitting percentage. Redshirt sophomore Gwen Murphy hit .545 with seven kills on 11 attempts and only one error.
“It has been a long road trip, and our middle hitters have been great for us all week,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “We made a couple mistakes but we played well enough to get the sweep tonight. We had great fan support tonight and that is a big part of what makes our program great.”
The Aggies won set one 25-20 after six ties and two lead changes. NM State went up 8-3 early in the set, but the ‘Lopes battled back to tie the set at 11-11. The Aggies actually lost the lead at 13-12 but a 6-1 scoring rally would give them enough to close out the set.
NM State held the momentum in set two winning by the same score as set one. The Aggies held the ‘Lopes to a .024 hitting percentage in the first two sets of play. The second set was a grind for NM State to win as there were five ties and two lead changes. Scott came up big in the set with five kills, while four other Aggies tallied at least one kill.
The Aggies closed out the match with another 25-20 win after jumping out to an early 11-3 lead. GCU pulled to within five at 19-14 but NM State would not falter, winning by as many points.
The Aggies play their last four matches of the regular season at home starting with a match against Kansas City, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. That match is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces at KSNM AM 570 with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action.