LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) to Utah State in the Pan American Center, Wednesday, Nov. 17. The Aggies fall to 18-12 overall and 12-4 in Western Athletic Conference play, while Utah State goes to 21-8 and 8-8 in league play.
The Aggies were led by senior Kayliegh Giddens on Senior Night as she posted a match-high 14 kills. She now has 513 kills on the year, which puts her atop the single-season kills list, surpassing Jonna Steffens who tallied 499 kills in 1990.
The Aggies posted a .040 hitting percentage, compared to a .167 hitting percentage by USU. NM State tallied just as many kills as Utah State and out-dug their opponent 49-46 but it wasn't enough as 31 attack errors put a damper on the match.
"We've only struggled a couple matches this season and this is a team that's athletic enough that we can go out and start winning again" head coach Mike Jordan said. "We've just go to rest up and get our confidence back."
The Aggies fell behind 7-4 early in set one and came back to take a 13-9 lead on a 5-2 scoring run. After a few attack errors by NM State, the Aggies of Utah State tied it up at 13 all. The momentum stayed with the visiting team but the NM State never gave up and had a 21-20 lead late in the set. Five straight points by USU gave it a 25-20 victory.
The Aggies didn't hit the ball too well in set two as they lost 25-19. Giddens had five of the Aggies' eight kills in the set while freshman Desiree Scott added a solo block and a block assist. She now has 71 total blocks on the season. NM State fell behind 5-2 and got as close as 16-13 but USU kept the pressure on to win by six points.
Set three saw freshman Rocio Gutierrez post four kills and two digs, while Woods tallied three kills as NM State fell 25-20.
The Aggies now look forward to the 2010 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 23-24. The Aggies have a first round bye as the No. 2 seed in the tournament and play Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 p.m. (MT) in the Orleans Arena. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena ticket office.