FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell to Colorado State 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 18-25) in the final day of the 2012 Rams Classic, Sunday, Sept. 9, in Moby Arena. The Aggies are now 6-3 on the year heading into conference play.
Sophomore Meredith Hays, who was named to the Rams Classic All-Tournament team, led the Aggies marking her fourth double-double of the year as she finished with 16 kills and 13 digs. Junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch added nine kills, while red shirt freshman middle hitter Gwen Murphy posted seven kills on a 13 attempts for a .538 hitting percentage.
Freshman setter Taylor Livoti marked a team-high 26 assists, which ties her career-high. Sophomore setter Maggi Jo Keffury added 16 assists as the Aggies ran a 6-2 offense against CSU. Defensively, Hannah Walker dug up 20 balls and NM State matched CSU in the dig department with 61 as a team. However, the difference in the match was the blocking as NM State was out-blocked 19.5-8.5. The Aggies were held to a .156 hitting percentage on the day.
Although both teams didn't have great hitting percentages in set one, NM State marked more kills, aces and digs than the Rams to win 25-19. Loerch led the Aggies in the set with four kills on five swings, while Nash and Hays tallied three kills each. NM State fell behind 8-4 early on, but battled back and tied it up at nine after coach Jordan called a timeout. The Aggies extended the lead by as many as eight when Loerch hammered down a kill from high above the net.
NM State lost set two 25-20 tying the match up a 1-1. There were seven ties in the set including a 10-10 tie when Preslie Alexander marked her second kill of the afternoon. Nash tied the set up at 13 on a kill off the hands of a CSU blocker before the Rams went on a 5-1 point run to take an 18-14 lead. The Rams marked only one error in the set and hit .471, while holding NM State to a .242 hitting percentage.
The Aggies had some momentum towards the end of set three but couldn't get the points they needed as CSU came out with the 25-19 victory. NM State fell behind 4-0 early on and could not get any closer than three points in the set. The Aggies committed eight attack errors in the set, while CSU posted seven blocks.
NM State played hard in set four and tied it up at 10 on a great kill from Hays. CSU went on a 6-1 rally to take a 16-11 lead before coach Jordan was forced to use a timeout when the Rams went up 18-12. CSU finished the set winning 25-18.
The Aggies open Western Athletic Conference play, Sept. 15 against Seattle University in Seattle, Wash. Before heading to Moscow, Idaho, Sept. 17 to face Idaho.