HONOLULU - The New Mexico State volleyball team (15-10, 9-2 WAC) fell to No. 5 Hawai'i (21-1, 11-0 WAC) in three sets (25-18, 25-10, 25-23) in the Stan Sherriff Center, Sunday, Oct. 31. The loss ends the Aggies seven-match winning streak, while UH takes their winning streak to 16.
WAC kill leader Kayleigh Giddens led the charge for the Aggies with 12 kills while junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan added five kills. On the defensive side of the net, junior Kelsi Phillips led the way with seven digs and freshman Desiree Scott ended the evening with three total blocks. NM State ran a 6-2 offense, utilizing two setters, with junior Jennah DeVries marking 14 assists and junior Madison Hardy coming up with 10 assists.
"We saw a some improvement from the last time we played them and we competed a little better," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Hawaii is very impressive. They are national contender. They play higher than some of the bodies are."
Set one saw the Aggies battle the nationally ranked team with ties at seven and eight and would pull to within two points when Brennan and Giddens tallied kills taking the score to 18-16. NM State struggled after that as UH went on a 7-2 scoring rally to win 25-18.
The Aggies had trouble coming together in set two falling 25-10. The difference of the set was UH hit .481 as a team, while NM State hit .087 with four errors. The set was tied at two-a-piece, but the Rainbow Wahine went on a 10-1 run to force the Aggies to battle from behind the rest of the way.
NM State played with a never-say-die attitude in set three falling 25-23. NM State took an 8-7 lead on a block by freshman Desiree Scott and junior Michelle Kuester. A kill by Brennan got the Aggies to within one at 13-12 and an attack error by UH got the Aggies to within two points at 19-17. Down 24-19, NM State battled with kills by Brennan and Giddens. The Aggies were down 24-23 before dropping the match.