Las Cruces, N.M. - The University of Nevada (5-10, 1-1 WAC) volleyball team lost a Western Athletic Conference match in three sets by scores of 22-25, 21-25 and 21-25 at New Mexico State (8-4, 3-0 WAC) on Thursday night.
With the loss the Wolf Pack fell to 1-1 in WAC play and 5-10 overall while the Aggies improved to 3-0 in conference play and 8-4 on the season.
In set one the Aggies took control early jumping to a 6-1 lead but Nevada rallied to knot the score at 20-20. The fourth and final tie of the set came at 21-21 before NMSU closed out the set with a 4-1 run to win 25-22. Nevada hit .171 in the set while NMSU posted a .143 attack percentage.
For the second set in a row NMSU took an early lead at 7-1 advantage and Nevada was unable to recover falling 25-21. The Pack improved on its attack percentage from the first set to .188 but so did the Aggies hitting .296.
Nevada led set three 7-4 before the Aggies scored the next seven points to move in front for good on the way to the 25-21 victory and 3-0 match victory. The Pack increased their attack percentage for the third set in a row to .205 but NMSU did also hitting .347.
Junior Lindsay Baldwin led the Pack with eight kills while Kylie Harrington and Elissa Ji tallied seven each. Libero Nicole Link topped the team with 11 digs on the night while sophomore setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 18 assists.
NMSU was led by Kayleigh Giddens and Krista Altermatt with 15 and 10 kills respectively. Altermatt added 12 digs to post a double-double. Jennah Devries totaled a match-high 39 assists and finished with 10 digs to also record a double-double. Kelsi Phillips tallied 11 digs for the Aggies.
Nevada continues its road swing through the Southwest traveling to Ruston, La. to play Louisiana Tech at noon Pacific Time on Saturday.