OREM, Utah – Utah Valley looks to claim its first WAC Volleyball Tournament championship as UVU hosts No. 1 New Mexico State in Lockhart Arena on Saturday, April 3. The Aggies are 16-1 on the year, including 13-1 in WAC play. Saturday’s championship match is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. MT with a ticket to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament on the line.
New Mexico State is from Las Cruces, N.M., and finished first in the WAC standings this season. NMSU is led by first team All-WAC selections junior outside hitter Savannah Davison and sophomore setter Lia Mosher, second team All-WAC honorees junior right side hitter Shaney Lipscomb, and second team All-WAC selection and WAC Freshman of the Year outside hitter Victoria Barrett. NM State head coach Mike Jordan was also named the WAC Coach of the Year.
The Wolverines and Aggies have met 18 times with UVU holding a 4-14 record, including an 4-6 record at home. UVU and NMSU split during the regular season with UVU giving the Aggies its only loss on the season in a 3-2 comeback thriller.
Utah Valley earned its spot in the WAC Volleyball Tournament championship with a hard-fought win over Grand Canyon, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 27-25) in Lockhart Arena. After dropping the opening set, UVU won the final three sets to secure its third-ever trip to the conference championship match.
Utah Valley advanced to the WAC Championship for the first time since 2018 with a chance to win the first WAC volleyball championship in school history. Utah Valley will face top-seeded New Mexico State in Lockhart Arena on Saturday, April 3. This marks the third time the Wolverines have reached the WAC Championship match. UVU faced New Mexico State in 2018, losing 3-1, in Bakersfield, Calif. UVU also reached the final round in 2016, falling to UT Rio Grande Valley, 3-0, in Las Cruces, N.M.
With a win, Utah Valley would claim its first WAC Volleyball Championship and would advance to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament for the first time in school history. The NCAA tournament will be held in Omaha, Neb. and will begin on Wednesday, April 14. The Selection Show will be held on Sunday, April 4, and will announce who the winner of the WAC championship will face in the opening round. With a loss, to the Aggies, the Wolverines season would come to end and UVU would await a selection to a post-season tournament.