NMSU Volleyball Releases 2019 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Tuesday the schedule for the 2019 season. A challenging slate awaits the Aggies as the team comes into the 2019 season as the reigning Western Athletic Conference Tournament Champions.

The season includes 28 matches with 14 contests taking place at the Pan American Center. New Mexico State faces conference opponents 16 times over the course of the 2019 campaign and the team closes out the regular season on its home court.

The Aggies' journey begin with the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala. NM State opens the season on Aug. 30 with a games versus Butler and host Tigers. The team closes the tournament with a match against Tennessee State on Aug. 31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four NMSU Women's Golfers Earn Academic All-American Honors

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced Monday morning with four NM State student-athletes earning the honor. The Aggies named WGCA All-American Scholars are Kehler Koss, Angela Xu, Pun Chanachai and Maria Prado.

Both Koss and Prado also earned the award last season. Under head coach Danny Bowen, New Mexico State posted a 3.75 team GPA for the spring semester while also winning the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team is a minimum 3.50 GPA, one of the most stringent requirements in all of college athletics. All told, 1,097 women’s collegiate golfers were named WGCA All-American Scholars.

NMSU Student-Athletes Earn All-WAC Academic Honors

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DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced its Spring 2019 Academic All-Conference teams on Tuesday with 67 Aggies earning the award. The WAC named 461 student-athletes from its spring sports to the list while 277 freshmen and transfers from the fall and winter sports were also honored.

To qualify, student-athletes had to complete at least one academic year, competed in at least 50-percent of the team’s competitions and held at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Baseball
Mitchell Allen, Jr.
Jason Bush, Sr.
Justin Dehn, Sr.
Logan Ehnes, Sr.
Nick Gonzales, So.
Eric Mingus, Sr.
Tristan Peterson, Jr.
Braden Williams, Sr.

Men’s Golf
Tadhg Campbell, Sr.
Mike McGilton, Sr.
Niall Powell, Jr.

Women’s Golf
Pun Chanachai, Jr.
Dominique Galloway, Jr.
Kehler Koss, So.
Maria Prado, Sr.
Tiegan Taylor, So.
Angela Xu, Sr.

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Brooke Salas Wins Joe Kearney Award

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DENVER, CO - Already one of the most decorated Aggies of all time, former women’s basketball star Brooke Salas has been named the Joe Kearney Award winner by the Western Athletic Conference, the league announced Monday. The award is named after former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney and is given annually to the top female and male student-athletes in the conference. Grand Canyon swimmer Mark Nikolaev took home the honor for male student-athletes.

“There are not too many student-athletes like Brooke Salas, she made everyone around her better,” said head coach Brooke Atkinson. “She has made such a long-lasting impact on this program, this university and this community. This award is just another reminder of what she has done in her time here at NM State. We are very proud of her!”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kirby Named NMSU Baseball Head Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has named Mike Kirby the 11th head baseball coach in Aggie history Monday morning.

“After a nationwide search that yielded several top candidates, I felt that the right coach and the right fit for the Aggie baseball program was Mike [Kirby]," said Moccia. "Mike is an extremely passionate individual who I know will do everything in his power to keep our program successful, take it to new heights and excite our community.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Enrique Asmar Named Academic All-American

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AUSTIN, TX - New Mexico State men’s tennis senior Enrique Asmar joined an elite group of student-athletes late Friday morning when he was named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-American ® At-Large team (third-team), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Asmar becomes the 65th Aggie all-time to earn Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA and just the second men’s tennis player ever to earn this distinction with Gustave Diep winning the award back-to-back years from 2009-10. The last Aggie to earn Academic All-America accolades was Kaylee Neal from volleyball back in 2017.

Asmar has been honored by the long-time national organization every year he has been eligible and recently graduated with a 3.97 in civil engineering. The Barranquilla, Colombia, product is now headed to The Farm where he'll be pursuing a master's degree at Stanford University.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Miller Promoted To NMSU Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced Thursday the promotion of James Miller to associate head coach.

"James is a young, rising star in our profession and has been a wonderful addition to our coaching staff,” said Jans. “His well-rounded skill set and wide range of experience has proven to be invaluable to our program."

Miller’s impact on the team was immediate after his arrival to the City of Crosses with the Aggies posting a program record in wins with a 30-5 overall mark. NM State also had a 19-game win-streak during the season that spanned over three months and finally snapped in the first round of the NCAA Tournament where the Aggies nearly upset No. 5 Auburn in the waning moments of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joey Ortiz Drafted In Fourth Round Of MLB Draft By Baltimore Orioles

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SECAUCUS, N.J. - New Mexico State baseball All-American shortstop Joey Ortiz became the highest Aggie to ever be drafted after being selected in the fourth round (108th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday afternoon in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity and the chance that the Orioles organization took on me,” Ortiz said from his home with family. “I truly trust in God’s plan for me and I truly have been blessed. The real work begins now!”

With his selection, Ortiz became the 80th overall Aggie to be drafted and the seventh player from NM State to be drafted by the Orioles. Former lefty Tyler Erwin was selected by the Orioles organization in 2016.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Aggie Baseball Ends Season With Extra-Innings Loss To Sacramento State

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MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team took on Sacramento State in a Western Athletic Conference elimination game on Saturday at Hohokam Stadium. After giving up a one-run lead in the sixth, the Aggies carried a tie ballgame into extra innings and fell to the Hornets in the 10th, 6-4.

To open the contest, each side was working early tossing a pair of scoreless innings before NM State (38-17) got on the board in the bottom of the third putting Sacramento State behind (37-23). Back-to-back singles up the middle opened the home half, including one for Joey Ortiz to tie the program single-season hit record with 105. The pair of base knocks left runner son the corners for Nick Gonzales who sent a sacrifice fly deep to left to plate the first run of the ballgame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Loses To GCU 8-3, Faces Elimination Game Against Sacramento State

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MESA, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team took on rival Grand Canyon in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night at Hohokam Stadium. After taking a lead in the seventh, the Aggies gave up six runs over the final two innings and lost to the Lopes 8-3.

Much like the night prior, the tournament clash for NM State (38-16) opened with some great early pitching. The teams combined to retire the first nine batters of the night before Grand Canyon (36-22) struck first in the bottom of the second.

A leadoff grounder was misplayed for the Lopes to get the first baserunner of the game on. Two batters later, GCU saw a two-run home run sent over the fence in right field that put the Aggies in a 2-0 hole into the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>