LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team (20-7, 9-3 WAC) picked up at least 20 wins for the ninth time in the past ten years as it swept Nevada (25-13, 25-16, 25-23) in the Pan American Center, Saturday, Nov. 5.
NM State out-matched the Wolf Pack as it posted six service aces and a .350 hitting percentage. The Aggie defense held Nevada to a .059 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Wolf Pack 9-3. The Aggies were led by senior Kelsey Brennan who marked a .500 hitting percentage with nine kills on 18 attacks and didn't mark a single error.
Seniors Kelsi Phillips and Brynja Rodgers marked seven digs each on Senior Night and senior setter Jennah DeVries posted 31 assists and nine digs with to go along with two total blocks.
"The seniors are all great, young women and NMSU has done so much for them. I have so much respect for the program, the student-athletes and for everyone involved that has helped me out along the way," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Nevada gave us some points and I'm sure they would like to get some of them back, but our girls played well too."
The Aggies came out on fire and took a 6-1 lead in set No. 1 and didn't look back. NM State marked a .550 hitting percentage and never lost the lead to before winning 25-13.
Although the Aggies fell behind 2-0 in set two they kept fighting to tie it at 10-10 on a service ace by DeVries. NM State used a 7-3 scoring rally to pull away and eventually won 25-16.
Set three was a bit more of competitive with the Aggies pulling off a 25-23 victory. The set saw 11 tie scores and seven lead changes with the final lead change coming at 17-16 when freshman Meredith Hays slammed down one of her eight kills.
The Aggies now look forward to a road trip to San Jose State and Hawai'i for the final two WAC matches of the regular season.