The New Mexico State volleyball team was swept for the first time in 2011 losing to Duquesne 25-18, 33-31, and 25-18, at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 17, dropping to 10-3 on the year.
This marks the first time the NM State has been swept since losing 3-0 to Utah State in the final regular-season match of the 2010 season. NM State hit .130 as a team compared to the Raiders' .202 hitting percentage in the match. The Aggies posted 38 kills with senior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan leading the way with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
As the Aggies ran a 6-2 offense, senior Brynja Rodgers tallied her first double-double of the year finishing the match with 12 assists and 10 digs. Senior setter Jennah DeVries ended the morning with 20 assists and senior libero Kelsi Phillips had a team-high 15 digs.
"Duquesne is a really good and physical team," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We didn't handle the ball very well this morning and ran the 6-2 to have a little more size up front."
The Aggies dropped set one 25-18 after marking 10 kills and 10 attack errors. NM State was able to tie the set at 10-10 but the Dukes took advantage of a 5-0 scoring rally to go up 15-10, before putting together another four-point run to go up 19-11. Brennan hammered down a kill late in the set but it wasn't enough as the Dukes scored on an Aggie error to win the set.
Set two saw 62 points scored with 18 ties and eight lead changes, although NM State could not pull off the win falling 33-31. The Aggies took a two point lead at 23-21 and needed just two points to win the set but two consecutive kills by Duquesne tied it up at 23-all. The set would be tied eight times after that with the Aggies giving up the final point on an attack error.
NM State fell 25-18 once again as it marked 13 kills on 46 attempts. The Aggies fell behind 4-1 early in the set and struggled to comeback as Duquesne extended its lead to as many as six at 12-6 and 20-14. The Dukes eventually won by seven and taking their record to 9-4 on the year.
The Aggies take on host team Northwestern at 6pm (MT) in the Ryan Welsh Center. The match is scheduled to be aired live on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.