BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team dropped a three-set match to New Mexico State in their fifth Western Athletic Conference match of the season Thursday night. The Broncos (1-15, 1-4 WAC) fell 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 to the Aggies (9-5, 4-1 WAC) extending to a four match losing streak and a 0-6 record in Bronco Gym.
The Aggies were able to feed of strong offensive efforts from Kayleigh Giddens and Krista Altermatt who each tallied 10 kills apiece to lead the match. The Broncos were led by sophomore Elizabeth Griffin who had nine kills and freshman Liz Harden who had a team-leading .444 hitting percentage with five kills.
Boise State struggled as a team with their offensive efforts, hitting .115 as a team and recording only 32 kills. NMSU was able to better their marks slightly, tallying a .263 hitting percentage and 41 kills to hold off the Broncos.
Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf had 25 assists, nearly the same as NMSU's Jennah Devries who tallied 28 assists. Devries, Erin Birmingham and Lilly Wolfe each recorded ace serves while Birmingham also contributed a solid .500 hitting percentage.
Boise State's Amanda Remy recorded the team's only ace serve while also contributing seven digs and a .400 percentage effort in attacks. Junior Lauren Hamm stepped up her back court play to contribute 14 digs to lead the match while Nesselhuf, Harden and Sadie Maughan each had two blocks.
The Aggies' defense is what drove them to a 3-0 sweep, out blocking the Broncos 23-7 individually and 12.0-4.0 as a team. Devries racked up a team high of 13 digs while Whitney Woods and Kelsey Brennan led the match in blocks with six each.
The Broncos head to Pocatello for a Saturday match against Idaho State before returning to Boise to take on Idaho on Monday, Oct. 12. The Idaho match in Bronco Gym will take place at 7 p.m. All fans who wear pink to the match will receive free admission in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.