MOSCOW, Idaho - The New Mexico State volleyball team clinched the No. 2 spot in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a win 3-1 over Idaho, in Memorial Gym, Thursday, Nov. 11.
The Vandals came out strong and took set one 25-20, and looked to keep the momentum by going up 18-10 in set two. The Aggies played through it and came back to win set two 25-23 and then went on to win set three and four, 25-20 and 25-21 respectively.
Now the second seed in the tournament, NM State goes to 18-10 and 12-2 in the WAC. Idaho goes to 12-12 and 7-6 in the league and will look to clinch a spot in the tournament when it takes on Louisiana Tech, Nov. 13.
The Aggies were led by senior Kayliegh Giddens, who scored 22.5 points on 19 kills, two aces, one solo block and one block assist. She tied her career-high of 17 digs posting her ninth double-double of the year. Freshman Rocio Gutierrez posted a career night with 17 kills , while adding eight digs. Her previous high was 12 kills, which she has done twice already.
The Aggies posted eight service aces on the night compared to only three by the Vandals. NM State also out-blocked the Vandals 12.0-11.5.
Senior Whitney Woods added 12 kills, one aces, seven digs and four block assists, while junior libero Kelsi Phillips also added an ace to go along with 12 digs and three assists. WAC assist leader Jennah DeVries posted a match-high 47 assists going along with six digs, two block assists and an ace.
NM State now travels to Boise to face the Broncos in the final regular-season road match of the year. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in Bronco Gym. Aggie fans can listen in on the action in Las Cruces at KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.