Texas volleyball downs New Mexico State in home exhibition match


Pu Ying Huang

Sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogobogu and sophomore setter Chloe Collins go up for a block against a New Mexico State offense Saturday. Collins fininshed the match with 17 assists.

Jori Epstein

Proving her All-American dominance doesn’t fade in the spring, junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman led the Longhorns to a 4-1 victory over New Mexico State in this weekend’s exhibition match. Eckerman finished the match with 13 kills and two aces, assisted by sophomore setters Nicole Dalton and Chloe Collins.

Texas opened the match strong, winning three straight including a near-perfect second set. In the second game, the Longhorns hit a dominant .550, executing on 12 kills while succumbing to just one error. Freshman middle blocker Mirta Baselovic fueled an 8-0 run, contributing a big block and a decisive ace.

The Aggies won a close 25-22 fourth set with an 8-3 burst after the teams exchanged the leads. Texas closed the match with a 15-7 fifth game, secured by Collins with Texas’ 14th ace of the day.

The Longhorns finish spring play Saturday in Dallas.