New Mexico State volleyball won its eighth-straight match at the Pan American Center by defeating CSU Bakersfield 3-0 on Thursday night. The Aggies took down the CSUB 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 to win the match against their conference foe.
"We played well. We did a lot of things to force them into some bad spots. We also won a lot of long rallies and that's a key of a good team," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Hannah Combs played well. The plan was to redshirt her but with injuries to Jordan [Abalos] and Brielle [Sterns], we need a real middle in there to score a little bit. She did a good job and gave us a lift and that's what we needed."
How It Happened
NM State began the first set by trading points with the Roadrunners but the Aggies pulled away 8-4 with Kaylee Neal behind the service line. CSUB went on a run of its own to come within a point, however, short scoring runs by New Mexico State put NM State ahead by five heading into the media timeout. The Aggies built on their lead, going ahead 20-11 and closed the set by scoring the final five points to win 25-14.
In the second set, New Mexico State went back-and-forth with the 'Runners until NM State gave up four-straight points to fall behind 13-10. The Aggies battled back and with Natalie Mikels at the service line and NM State tied the match 17-17. New Mexico State continued to fight for each point, but fell behind 23-21. The Aggies finished the set by scoring four-straight points for the 25-23 victory.
New Mexico State took a four-point lead early in the third set, forcing CSUB to take a timeout. With Tatyana Battle serving, the Aggies built on their advantage to lead by nine. Despite giving up a late four-point run to CSU Bakersfield, NM State held onto its lead and took the third set 25-14
By the Numbers
NM State posted a .266 hitting percentage while tallying 41 kills. The Aggies recorded 55 digs, 41 assists and eight blocks as a team. Ariadnne Sierra moved into fifth all-time in career digs by recording 22 in the match. Sasha-Lee Thomas and Battle led the team with 12 kills each while Kassandra Tohm followed closely behind with 11.
New Mexico State is back in action when the Aggies take on Grand Canyon at the Pan American Center on Saturday, Oct. 14. First serve is set for 1 p.m. (MT).