BOISE, Idaho - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell to Boise State 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-23) in Bronco Gym, Saturday, Nov. 13.
The Aggies go to 18-11 overall and 12-3 in Western Athletic Conference play after the loss, while BSU jumps to 20-11 and 7-8 in the league. The Aggies hit a .032 hitting percentage with, 30 kills and 27 attack errors off of 95 attempts, while the Broncos posted a .148 hitting percentage. They finished with 39 kills off 108 attempts.
Senior Kayleigh Giddens posted 11 kills on the night with junior Kelsey Brennan wasn't far behind with nine kills. Junior setter Jennah DeVries tallied all but one assist finishing the evening with 27 dishes in Boise.
Defensively the Aggies marked 39 digs with junior libero Kelsi Phillips leading the path with 15. Giddens posted seven and senior Whitney Woods had six. Woods also contributed at the net with seven block assists, helping the Aggies to 10 total team blocks, as BSU marked 13.
NM State started out slow in the first set trailing Boise State 4-7. Four consecutive points and kills by both Outside Hitters Kelsey Brennan and Kayleigh Giddens brought the Aggies to an 8-7 lead in the set. NM State unable to hold the lead for long fell to Boise State 25-20 in the first set.
NM State fought tough in set two tying the set 17 times, as there were also six lead changes. NM State had the set tied at 24 all, but two consecutive kills by a Bronco hitter sealed the score at 26-24.
Set three was a little tougher for NM State as the Aggies marked only seven kills on a negative hitting percentage. However, NM State never gave up tying the score at 23-23 before falling 25-23.
The Aggies return home for the final home match of the year. The match is set for Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) and it will be Senior Night to honor departing seniors, Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods.