Aggies Dominate Florida International in 3-0 Win

The New Mexico State volleyball team (20-4, 9-0) swept the Florida International Golden Panthers (11-10, 3-5) 3-0 (30-19, 30-17, 30-15) Thursday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies recorded 20 wins for the 10th time in school history and tied the school record for the quickest team to 20 wins, winning their 20th in just 24 matches. The 1975 and 1976 Aggies squads also won 20 out of their first 24 matches.

"Sarah Silagy and Stevi Adams did not play well on Tuesday and did not follow directions," Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. "Tonight, they hit very well and were passing the ball better than early in the week. We are one game better than last year after playing a tougher schedule.

The Aggies were led by Sarah Silagy, who recorded 15 kills, two blocks and hit for a .560 hitting percentage (15-1-25). Trinia Cuseo and Abby Stines added nine kills each, with Stines hitting .571 (9-1-14) and Cuseo recording four block assists and a .471 hitting percentage (9-1-17).

The Aggie defense was led by Jackie Godber, who recorded 15 digs while playing with a bruised hand. Three other Aggies recorded double-digit digs, including Morgan Reader with 11 and Amanda Olivas and Megan Arner each with 10 digs.

Reader also recorded 38 assists, four kills and three blocks.

The Aggies recorded a .339 hitting percentage while recording 49 kills to just 11 errors. FIU was held to a .055 while recording 33 kills and 26 errors.

In game one, the Aggies used slid serving to jump out to an early lead and held FIU to a .111 hitting percentage, their highest hitting percentage of the night. The Aggies scored on six serves by Cuseo including two service aces.

In game two, the Aggies continued to dominate and win points with strong serves. Arner recorded three service aces, including one early, to help the Aggies pull away after tying the game at 6-6. The Aggie defense held FIU to a .049 hitting percentage while the Aggie offense hit .243.

In the final game, the Aggies come out of the break on fire, scoring 14 of the first 18 points in the game and coasted to a 30-15 win. The Aggies hit .500 (16-1-30) as a team for the game.

"The travel has been rough and over the last week it has shown," Jordan said. "For us to get through this week and get these two victories is a good feeling. Now we get to rest for a few days before hitting the home stretch."

The Aggies will take a week off from play before hosting the University of Denver on Halloween night (October 31) at the Pan American Center. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include a fun zone for all children beginning at 6:00 p.m

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