LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Boise State volleyball team pulled off a near upset win over New Mexico State Thursday (Oct. 14) night, but could not hold on in the fifth set, falling 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 12-25, 25-21, 7-15) to the Aggies. The Broncos fall to 16-6 (3-4 WAC) while the Aggies improve to 11-9 (5-1 WAC) on the season. NMSU leads the 2010 series 1-0 over Boise State.
The Broncos' play was varied through each set, recording a solid offensive set, followed by a struggling effort in the next. Boise State, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the Western Athletic Conference, pulled out a quick 25-20 first set win, hitting .214 and tallying 12 kills. New Mexico State, who holds the No. 2 ranking in the WAC, answered back with a 25-19 second-set win, as well as a 25-12 third-set tallying a .273 and a .448 hitting percentage in each set, respectively. Boise State did not give up answering back with a .243 percentage in set four to even the match at a 2-2 tie, but was not able to hold on in the fifth, falling 15-7.
Overall Boise State tallied 48 kills and a .117 hitting percentage while NMSU recorded 59 kills and a .211 hitting percentage. The Broncos out-blocked the Aggies 18-12, while NMSU recorded a 53-46 advantage in digs. Both teams recorded five aces.
Boise State's Cailin Fellows had a standout night, tying for a match-high in kills (13) while also adding four blocks and four digs. Alisha Young added 11 kills in the match, while Sadie Maughan led the match with six blocks. Fiona Jones and Amanda Remy each tallied two aces, while Remy led the match with 18 digs. Breann Nesselhuf also added 43 assists, five digs and four blocks in the Broncos' efforts.
NMSU's Kelsey Brennan and Kayleigh Giddens tied with Boise State's Fellows with 13 kills each to lead the match. Brennan recorded a match-high of .650 hitting percentage while also leading the team with four blocks. Ellen Miks recorded a team-high of two aces, while Kelsi Phillips racked up 16 digs. Jennah DeVries recorded 47 assists on the night.
The last time the two teams played to a five-set match was in 1999. The Aggies extend their winning streak to 13 matches over Boise State, with the Broncos' most recent win coming in 2002 (3-1).
Boise State continues their road trip, heading east to Ruston, La., to take on Louisiana Tech on Saturday (Oct. 16). The first meeting between the Broncos and the Lady Techsters is set for a 6:30 p.m. (Mountain) start time.