Aggies End WKU's Home Winning Streak

The New Mexico State volleyball team (17-4, 7-0) ended Western Kentucky's 31-match home winning streak, defeating the Hilltoppers (17-6, 4-2) Friday night in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Aggies improved their winning streak to a school-record tying 11 matches and are off to their best start in school history in conference play with a 7-0 record. Western Kentucky had not lost at home since losing 3-2 on October 15, 2000, against Denver.

"WKU is a great team and is well coached and we won a hard-fought match," Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. "Our seniors showed great leadership and poise at times to help the younger players through some tough situations."

The Aggie offense was led by Stevi Adams, who recorded 19 kills, 16 digs, three block assists and hit .298 for her 12th double-double of the year. Sarah Silagy recorded a career-high 18 kills and added three total blocks. Abby Stines and Shari Hearne also added double-digit kill totals, with Stines recording a career-high 17 kills and Hearne recording 10 kills.

Defensively, the Aggies were led by Jackie Godber, who recorded 21 digs, her sixth 20-plus dig total of the year. Morgan Reader added 10 digs and a career-high 68 assists.

At the net, Hearne tied a career-high with eight total blocks (seven assist, one solo) while Trinia Cuseo recorded three blocks.

In games one and two, the Aggies and Hilltoppers kept things close, with each team matching the other's attacks with good defense and solid counter attacks. In the end, both teams won one game in extra points.

"The first two games, our outside hitters were sensational attacking the ball," Jordan said. "They hit for a high percentage and were killing everything."

In games three and four, neither team could take an advantage. Both teams made mistakes and never took a solid lead. Again, both teams would split the two games and force the match into a fifth game.

"In games three and four, it was back and forth and both teams had problems getting a rhythm," Jordan said. "We had some problems receiving the ball and could not take an advantage in the match."

In game five, the Aggie defense played strong, holding WKU to a .083 hitting percentage and forced the game into extra points after falling behind 11-7.

"In game five, we played the best defense of the year," Jordan said. "We were down 11-7 and made some key plays to stay in it and come out on top."

The Aggies will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Sunday. The match is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. MST.

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