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Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 21:05
The New Mexico State volleyball team finished the 2011 season with a 23-10 record after dropping the season finale to Colorado State (23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 23-25) in the Pan American Center, Saturday, Nov. 26.
Freshman outside hitter Meredith Hays broke the kills record for a four-set match as she marked 31 kills to take her season-total to 500. She finished the year ranked second in the Aggie record books for kills in a season and for kills per set (4.42). Hays tallied her 12th double-double of the year as she added 11 digs on the afternoon.
"Meredith has carried a big load for a freshman this year," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We are proud of what she has done."
Senior Jennah DeVries finished her career with 4,052 assists after she dished out 49 on the afternoon against CSU. She finished fourth on the all-time assist list at NM State, while senior libero Kelsi Phillips ended her career eight on the all-time digs list with 1,083 during her time here.
Senior Kesley Brennan had a .355 hitting percentage in 2011 and that is good enough for seventh in the season record books at NM State. Brennan had 10 kills and three total blocks on the day and tied for 10th in on the all-time career blocks list with former Aggie Whitney Woods.
Each set was close as the Aggies lost 25-23 in sets one, three and four. NM State came out on top in set two winning 26-24 as there were 10 ties and nine lead changes. Hays tied set two at 24-24 when she marked a kill and won the set 26-24 on another powerful kill.
NM State had a late 22-21 lead in set three but could not pull off the victory. CSU took control of set four and never lost the lead to defeat the Aggies on the day before the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.