LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Utah State’s women’s volleyball team lost its Western Athletic Conference opener for the first time in its five years in the league as it dropped a three-set match (25-22, 26-24, 25-20) to New Mexico State here Thursday.New Mexico State, the defending WAC regular season co-champion, improved to 6-4 on the season and 1-0 in league play with the win, while Utah State drops to 8-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference with the loss.Junior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah/Union HS) led Utah State with 17 digs on the night, while junior outside hitter Lori Wilson-Beckstrom (Provo, Utah/Provo HS) had a team-high seven kills and tied her career-high with five blocks.Both teams played well in the opening set as NMSU hit .233 (18-8-43) and USU hit .206 (11-4-34). In the second set, NMSU hit .196 (16-7-46) and USU hit .143 (.12-6-42) as the Southern Aggies rallied from an 18-12 deficit to notch the win. The third and final set was the complete opposite of the first as both teams hit for negative percentages as Utah State hit a negative .152 (8-13-33) and New Mexico State hit for a negative .029 (10-11-35).Utah State finished the match by hitting .073 (31-23-109) as compared to a .145 (44-26-124) hitting percentage for New Mexico State. NMSU also had six more digs (51-45) and two more team blocks (12-10) in the match.Utah State will stay on the road as it plays at Louisiana Tech in its next match on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. (MT).-USU-
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