made more plays and we found balance but we still need to find improvement, especially by finding people in system.”
Sophomore Taylor Livoti tallied her seventh double-double of the year with a team-high 27 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Jordan Reifsteck led the Aggies with a team-high 13 digs. Red-shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy added six kills and five total blocks, as senior middle hitter Desiree Scott posted eight kills and five blocks.
The Aggies dominated sets two and three, winning 25-15 and 25-14 respectively. NMSU was almost flawless offensively in set three, making only two attack errors.
The Aggies jumped on top in the third set, 7-3, and continually extended their advantage throughout the set. The Redhawks closed the gap to within four at 13-9, but New MexicoState went on a 7-2 scoring run, led by Scott with three kills. The home team would score five of the final six points of the set, with Lauren Loerch and Bradley Nash earning two kills apiece down the stretch.
Set four was an exciting one as there were six ties and five lead changes but the Aggies took advantage of Seattle’s .067 hitting percentage to win 25-21. Seattle U scored the first three points of the fourth set on two blocks by a middle hitter and a block and a kill from a Seattle outsider hitter, but the Aggies came right back with the next four points. Down 9-8, NMSU scored four unanswered points to retake the lead, and then the Aggies held off a Redhawk rally when freshman Aleisha Coates collected a kill and a service ace. NM State would close out the set and the match with consecutive kills from Coates.
The Aggies head out for two road matches next week taking at Chicago State, Thursday, Oct. 10 and Kansas City, Saturday, Oct. 12. Both matches are scheduled to air on the radio with Thursday’s match on FM-103.9 and Saturday’s match on KSNM-AM 570.
The Aggies’ middle blocker Gwen Murphy and outside hitter Lauren Loerch prepare to block Seattle’s Iris Ivanis.
Las Cruces Bulletin photos by Christopher Belarde
Senior setter Ciara Brown prepares to serve to the Seattle University Redhawks Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Pan American Center.