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Volleyball: Lobos drop four-set match to Aggies

After taking the first set in the Rio Grande Rivalry, New Mexico fell the New Mexico State 3-1.

In the last nonconference game of the regular season, UNM had trouble capitalizing against the Aggies, dropping three sets in a row.

New Mexico (8-7, 1-1 MW) jumped out to a hot start, something head coach Jeff Nelson has preached to his squad all year. However, following the Lobos dominant 25-20 showing, the Lobos couldn’t manage another.

Devanne Sours ended the night with a solid 14 kills, but New Mexico’s outside hitter struggled with consistency with eight kills, tied for the matches’ most.

The Lobos didn’t hit well as a group, only hitting .174 after all four sets compared to the Aggies’ .268 performance. UNM hit .416 in the first set, but just couldn’t find its way back to a sound offensive attack.

NMSU (11-5) received a balanced and punishing attack from the outside and the middle. Outside hitter Bradley Nash put together a 14 kill night, hitting .444 while middle blocker Gwen Murphy carried the game-high with 15 kills on a .313 hitting night.

New Mexico will shift its focus back on the conference on a road-trip to San Jose State (9-6, 1-1 MW). The Lobos will need to find a way to gear up for the totality of the game in order to play with some of the better teams in the conference.

Liam Cary-Eaves is the sports editor for the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at or on twitter @Liam_CE.


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