Nevada Falls In Four To New Mexico State

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (10-11, 4-4 WAC) volleyball team lost for the second time in as many matches to Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State University (14-10, 8-1 WAC), falling in four sets to the Aggies tonight at the Virginia Street Gym before a season-high 613 fans.   The Wolf Pack lost in three sets on Sunday on the Aggies home floor but did have set point at 24-23 in sets one and two. 

The Pack won the first set tonight 25-16 but lost the next three 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21.  The loss leaves Nevada 10-11 on the season and 4-4 in WAC play while NMSU improved to 14-9 and 8-1 in conference play.   The loss was just the second in 10 home matches this season for the Wolf Pack.

Nevada used a 5-0 run in the first set to break a 4-4 tie and never trailed the rest of the way in winning 25-16.  Outside hitters Grace Anxo and Kylie Harrington had four kills apiece to lead the Pack while setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 13 assists.  Nevada hit .286 and held NMSU to an attack percentage of zero.

There were five ties and three lead changes in the second set before NMSU won 25-22.  Nevada rallied from a six point deficit to tie the Aggies a 21-21 but was outscored 4-1 down the stretch.  Harrington recorded six kills in set two and Santiago had 10 assists.  The Pack hit .222 but NMSU was better at .310.

NMSU jumped to a 7-2 lead in set three and went on to win 25-20.  Junior Erin Garvey had three kills in the third set and Santiago nine assists.  The Pack hit .212 compared to .116 for the Aggies.

The Aggies took control of set four early leading 7-2 but Nevada closed within two at 14-12.  NMSU scored the next three points and won by four 25-21 to take the match 3-1.  Senior middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin had five kills in the set and sophomore Janelle Batista added four.  Santiago finished with 11 assists in the final set.  NMSU hit .302 and Nevada .237 in set four.

Baldwin (13), Harrington (12) and Garvey (10) all reached double figures in kills in the match.  Santiago posted her second double-double of the season with a match-high 43 assists and totaled 11 digs.  Libero Nicole Link had a match-high 19 digs and Anxo had 13.

NMSU's Kayleigh Giddens had a match-high 23 kills for the Aggies and Whitney Woods contributed 10.  Setter Jennah DeVries dished out 42 assists and added 11 digs to post a double-double.  Kelsi Phillips and Ellen Miks finished with 17 and 11 digs respectively.

Nevada outhit NMSU in the loss .239 to .175.  The Pack won the blocking battle doubling the Aggies total of six with 13 on the night.  Baldwin had nine, one solo and eight assisted.  With the solo block she moved into 10th on the Nevada career list with 43 in her three plus seasons.

Nevada hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday night at 7 p.m.



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