bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 09/16/14

bleedCrimson.net: A tough loss down at UTEP on Saturday night. The game felt a lot like the game last year where you were in it late but UTEP ground the game out with their run game.
Doug Martin: Yeah, it was just disappointing that we didn’t finish the game. We had chances on both sides of the ball and we just did not make plays at critical times. To start the second half our defense got a turnover and we could have made it a 21-17 game and our offense does nothing with the ball. Then the fourth quarter our offense scores two touchdowns and our defense gives up three. We’ve just got to play better as a team for 60 minutes.

bc.net: There were a lot of other similarities between the game this year and last year, even in getting the turnover coming out of halftime and then had the turnover in the endzone in last year’s game where you weren’t able to turn it into points.
DM: Yeah. I’m just really disappointed that we’re not making progress as a whole team right now. We need to be improving a lot more than what I’m seeing so far and a lot of that goes back to the way our guys practice. I didn’t like the way we practiced last week. I didn’t think it was intense enough. I didn’t think our players were buying into how important practice was and it showed up in the game. That’s the challenge or our guys this week is to mature, grow up, learn from it and go out and practice as well as we can this week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls At UTEP 42-24

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies suffered a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, September 13. NM State falls to 2-1 on the season, while falling to 35-55-2 in the overall series with UTEP, having lost the last six meetings between the two teams.

The Aggies showed signs of coming to life, but could never really get the run game going, having to relay fully on their passing attack. Head Coach Doug Martin said, “The third downs; when you can’t run the ball you are going to have a lot of third downs. A lot of third and longs and couldn’t convert. We also dropped a lot of passes that I thought hurt us. Overall, offensively we were just very ineffective.”   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 9 BYU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive day, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to a top-15 team, this time losing to the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, during final match of the NM State/UTEP Tournament inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies fall to 3-5 after losing to No. 14 Colorado State on Friday and the Cougars on Saturday.

NM State could only muster a .017 hitting percentage as BYU, one of the best blocking teams in the country, finished with 20 total blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Abalos led the Aggies after finishing with her third double-double only three weeks into her Aggie career. Abalos was the only NM State player to finish with double-digit kills, finishing with 11 kills while adding 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 14 Colorado State In Three Close Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a match that saw 35 total ties, two sets go into extra points and all sets decided by two points, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to the 14th-ranked Colorado State Rams in three sets, 26-24, 28-26, 25-23, on Friday night inside the Pan American Center.

The evenly-matched defeat during the first day of the NM State/UTEP Tournament takes the Aggies to a 3-4 overall record. NM State fought tooth and nail with a Colorado State team that had earlier in the day beaten the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars in five sets.

“I think we get better each week,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “We were point-for-point with a great team. We just need to make a few more plays at crunch time.”

The Aggies outhit the Rams .252 to .218 and outblocked them 10 to six, but eight service errors, twice as many as their counterparts, would prove costly for NM State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Miner Q&A With Miner Rush's Alex Nicholas

Know The Foe :: UTEP
This week the Aggie football team travels to the Sun Bowl in El Paso to take on the UTEP Miners in the Battle of I-10. The Miners are 1-1 with a victory over UNM and a narrow loss to Texas Tech. We've recruited Alex Nicolas from MinerRush.com to answer a few questions about the new-look Miners and find out what Aggie fans can expect from the team on Saturday..

UTEP is off to a 1-1 start with a win over rival UNM and a tough home loss against Texas Tech. How are Miner fans feeling about this team after two games?
I think the prospects of a turnaround season are starting to be felt, but majority of the message boards and fans realize there is still work to do with this group.  The Texas Tech game clearly shows this team is headed in the right direction, and a small buzz is starting to build in El Paso about the guys after the strong efforts.  This game coming up against NMSU will be watched and judged closely by Miner fans for further indication that this team is for real. 

It looks like the Miners have really bought into Coach Kugler’s philosophy and they look to be a hard-nosed type team. What has been the biggest difference for UTEP through two games this year that was missing last year?
Confidence in the schemes and the little things off the field that help the preparation for on field production is what you can really attribute. You absolutely right, the players are buying in and part of buying into Kugler's system is the small things, like paying attention in meetings, focus in practice, and finding the will to work hard in the weight room are a few things that were missing last year during the coaching transition.

There is just a different mental approach from the team that is obvious from practice to even pre-game warm-ups and its encouraging to see these guys buying into Kugler's philosophy because Kugler is one hell of a football coach.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Changes To Men’s Basketball Season Ticketing Structure

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Department of Athletics is excited to announce transformational changes to the season ticket pricing structure at the Pan American Center for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

NM State has eliminated the required seat donation that has been charged since the 2006-07 season. Now, fans that join the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC) will be eligible to purchase season tickets anywhere in the arena, including all seats in the lower bowl.

All lower bowl seats, except those located in sections 101 and 103, will be reserved for Aggie Athletic Club members. Aggie Athletic Club memberships start at just $100 per year and proceeds go towards student-athlete scholarships.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/09/14

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on what you’ve seen from your team through the six matches?
Mike Jordan: I certainly feel as though we are making strides every day. The first weekend we were very high error. We minimized that a little bit this past weekend. I still think it’s in us to be a little to high error but we definitely were better. It was a big focus during the week, making better decisions, especially out of system, shot choices, that kind of thing. I thought we did a nice job there. I’ve been really happy with our passing. It’s probably one of the better passing teams we’ve had in years and we’ve got a few players that can do it. I don’t have to have the same three for instance all the time. I can rest people. We can put a better defender in who is maybe just as good a passer as an outside hitter, give her a breather which we did with Bradley some recently. I feel good about our progress. There’s still a lot of room for improvement obviously.

Offensively, we’re still trying to figure out how we want to play deepening on the lineup combinations. With some outside hitters we may take a little bit more of the perfect passes and go their way with others we may try to go middle or right more. It depends on who’s in the game as to how we’re going to play and what we’re going to do.

I’ve been very happy with us defensively, I think we dig the ball very well. Maybe one of the better digging teams we’ve had in a long time. So those things have been great. I still think at crunch time we’ve still got to be a little stronger mentally, we’ve got to be a little bit more prepared to take responsibility and make a play. We sat back a little bit against Cal and didn’t create the same type of service pressure in the fourth and fifth sets that we did the in the first three and it cost us. They were able to get their middles involved and their middles are great. If their middles were bad it wouldn’t have been that big a deal but their middles are great. That was a little frustrating.

But from what I’ve seen with so many new players and so many rookies playing on a regular basis, I’m pretty pleased with what I’m seeing so far.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 09/09/14

bleedCrimson.net: Congratulations on the victory on Saturday. I’m not sure when the last time the Aggies came back from being down by three scores to win. What was the feeling like for the team?
Doug Martin: Well, you’re right, that was huge. I don’t know that we could have done that in the past. Certainly last year we would not have had the character or the talent to do that. I was really proud of the players and the way they hung in there. More than the 17 points down to me was when Georgia State came out and started the second half off by driving right down the field and scoring and putting it up to 14 points again and our guys still didn’t blink and they kept hanging in there and playing off of each other. When our offense was struggling in the first half, our defense kept us in the game and in the second half when our defense started to give in a little bit our offense picked it up and that’s the way we’re going to win football games.

bc.net: Obviously a pivotal moment as you mentioned on defense, the pick six from Rodney Butler, something that the Aggie defense has not been able to do in quite a while, just in terms of generating momentum for the football team.
DM: Yeah that was big. That gave us energy going in to halftime. It made it a 17-10 game and energized the whole locker room and at halftime our guys felt really good about where we were. Jay Eakins made a great play to tip that ball up and then Rodney got the interception. Our defense has done a great job of causing turnovers, we’ve got six in two games. That’s really big.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Golf Captures Hobble Creek Fall Classic Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SPRINGVILLE, UT - The New Mexico State women’s golf team won the Hobble Creek Fall Classic with a team score of 577 during two rounds of play on the Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville, Utah, Sept. 8. The final round of the season-opening tournament was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9 but was cancelled due to heavy rains flooding the course.

This win makes it three out of the last four tournaments the Aggies have won. NM State won the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic and the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championship last spring before ending the year at the NCAA West Regional.

Sophomore Camille Orito, who was the individual medalist of the tournament with a 1-over-par 143, now has two tournament wins under her belt in her collegiate career and head coach Jackie Booth would love to see her catch former Aggie great and PGA golfer Alena Sharp who had five career wins with the Crimson and White.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Podcast :: 09/08/14

On the first episode of the 2014-15 athletic season Sam is joined by new Las Cruces Sun-News sports editor Jason Groves. Sam and Jason talk about the first two weeks of the Aggie football season, look ahead to the rivalry game at UTEP, discuss Aggie volleyball and name their top Aggie performer of the week.

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