NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State (19-5, 9-0 WAC) was absolutely dominant in a 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 sweep of Seattle U (11-11, 4-5 WAC) on Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ first sweep of the Redhawks in the 10-match all-time series, which NM State leads 9-1.

“I like our efficiency on offense, we made better attack choices,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “It is tough to beat us when our outside hitters do their job out of system. I am pretty happy with the effort on defense. To get a win against a good team, who just got a big win themselves, says a lot about our improvement, and I’m pretty happy with the results.”

Two Aggies put up double digit kills in the win. Sophomore Tatyana Battle paced the squad with 13 kills and eight digs. Junior Jordan Abalos put up 16 kills and six digs. Junior libero Ariadnne Sierra racked up a career high six service aces to go along with her 18 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls To Georgia Southern 22-19

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State football team saw its lead heading into the fourth quarter slip away as the Aggies dropped a heart-breaking 22-19 decision to Georgia Southern on Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium for its Tough Enough to Wear Pink game.

“I’m heartbroken for our kids,” Aggie head coach Doug Martin said. “They played as hard as they could possibly play, on both sides. They played with a lot of passion and a lot of love for each other. They competed right down to the end, which is what you have to do.”

After a Georgia Southern opened with a field goal, Jaden Wright gave NM State its second-straight pick in the end zone on Saturday when he jumped in front of a Kevin Ellison pass, his third of the season. A 16-yard reception by Tyrian Taylor on the fourth play of the drive saw NM State get to their 41-yard line, but couldn’t convert and gave it back to the Eagles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/21/16 :: A By The Numbers Look At The New Mexico State vs. Georgia Southern Matchup

The Georgia Southern Eagles come into Las Cruces at 3-3, 2-1 in Sun Belt play. They’re averaging 30.3 points per game while holding their opponents to just 23.5 points per game. While Georgia Southern is trying to pass the ball more this season than in the past, they’re still primarily a running team with just over 75 percent of their play calls resulting in a run compared to 84 percent of their play calls last year being runs. The Eagles are averaging around 266 yards per game on the ground, nearly a 100 yards fewer than last season. However, Georgia Southern is averaging just over 155 yards per game through the air which is nearly 100 yards per game more than they were last year. Defensively the Eagles are allowing just 364 yards per game, 153 on the ground and 211 through the air.

A couple of numbers really stick out with Georgia Southern. First, they’re converting 50 percent of their third down situations which leads the Sun Belt. Second, they’ve converted 87.5 percent of their red zone trips into points (21 of 24) and lest you think that it’s just good fortune, they converted 87.5 percent of their red zone trips last season and just a shade over 88 percent of their trips in 2014.

Let’s take a closer look at Georgia Southern in our weekly deep dive. It’s not going to be too complicated to figure out what Georgia Southern is going to do based on our above observation of their play calling. On first down the Eagles will run the ball the majority of the time. They’ve run the ball 165 times on first down while gaining 843 yards, an average of 5.11 yards per carry. When they have decided to pass the ball on first down, they’ve only completed 18-of-37 passes (48.6 percent) for 174 yards, an average of 9.67 yards per completion.

As we mentioned, the Eagles are highly efficient on third down converting right at 50 percent. As one would expect, Georgia Southern is deadly on third and short (1 to 3 yards to gain) converting 20 of their 25 third and short situations with 19 of those conversions coming on the ground. When it’s third and short, expect the Eagles to run the ball and if you get a stop, consider it a huge win for the defense.

On third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards to gain) it’s a little dicier for the Eagles. They’ve faced that situation 24 times but converted just nine times, five times on the ground and four times through the air. They’ve run the ball 13 times while throwing it 11 times (completing five of those passes).

On third and long (7+ yards to gain) the Eagles have attempted to pick it up on the ground 21 times but have come away with just three first downs. They’ve had a bit more success through the air attempting 22 passes and converting 11 of the third and long situations. If the Aggies can get Georgia Southern into third and long situations, they should be able to get off the field more often than not.

Defensively on first down teams have tried to run the ball on the Eagles 65 percent of the time (111 attempts). Their defense is allowing 4.51 yards per carry on first down while allowing opponents to complete 35-of-61 pass attempts for an average of 16.8 yards per completion.

On third down, teams have not had as much success against the Eagles converting just 31 percent of the time (22-of-69) and it’s even worse if you’re a Sun Belt team. The Eagles have held Sun Belt foes to just a 24.3 percent conversion rate (9-of-37) in three games.

On third and short (1 to 3 yards to gain), teams have attempted 13 runs, they’ve picked up seven first downs. Surprisingly nobody has attempted to throw on Georgia Southern on third and short.

Third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards) is absolute death if you’re an opponent. Teams have tried to run the ball 12 times and have done so for -25 yards and have only picked up one first down. You’re not much better off throwing the ball either as teams have thrown on third and intermediate nine times completing five passes but picking up just four first downs. It would appear that the Eagles send extra defenders on third and intermediate based on the rushing numbers, although they’ve only recorded seven sacks on the season.

On third and long (7+ yards to gain) teams have basically avoided running against Georgia Southern. Just four rush attempts and no first down pickups. Teams have throws the ball 31 times completing 15 pass attempts while picking up just seven first downs, six of those first downs coming on third and between 7 and 9 yards to gain.

One final note. As bad as the Aggie defense has been they’ve not given up a run of more than 30 yards in conference play and just one of 20+ yards, although against Georgia Southern’s defense that will be tested. Georgia Southern on the other hand has given up six runs of 20+ yards and one each of 30+, 40+ and 50+ yards. There is the possibility that Larry Rose III could break a long run, something he has yet to do since his return to the Aggies.

The bottom line for today’s game, the Aggie offense is going to have to do some work. They’re going to have to sustain drives, try to stay out of third down situations when possible and try to get some explosion plays. For as good as Georgia Southern’s defense has been this season, they have been susceptible to giving up the big play. In Sun Belt play they’ve given up 14 pass completions of 20+ yards, seven completions of 30+ yards, two completions of 40+ yards, two completions of 50+ yards and one pass completion of 60+ yards. Compare that with the Aggies who have given up 12 completions of 20+ yards, six of 30+ yards, four of 40 plus yards, three of 50+ yards, two of 60+ yards and one of 70+ yards. The big difference is that the Aggies have given up a few more of the longer pass plays than has Georgia Southern. We know the defense will give up points, the question is, can the offense keep up?

NMSU Soccer Falls 5-0 At GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept

PHOENIX – The NM State women’s soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to Grand Canyon on Friday at GCU Stadium.

Early on in the first half, GCU kept attacking the Aggie defense and broke through in the 10th minute on the foot of Milla Benedetti – the GCU leader in points. The Lopes continued to pressure NM State and kept the defense on its heels the entire first half.

Grand Canyon added another goal in the 38th minute on a through ball into the box. The Aggies didn’t register its first shot of the game until the 37:27 mark when Audriana Chavez blasted a shot that was just wide of the far post. Reilly Marks gave New Mexico State its only other shot of the half in the 44th minute.

The Aggie defense was again faced with constant pressure from the GCU front line in the second half as the Lopes tacked on two goals by the 64th minute before adding another at the 76:19 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Road Test At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Sophomore Tatyana Battle had arguably the best match of her career on Thursday, as she led New Mexico State (18-5, 8-0 WAC) to a 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-28, 15-7 victory over Utah Valley (9-12, 5-3 WAC). With the win, the Aggies extend their conference win streak to 22 matches.

“I like the persistence of our team,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We bounced back from our worst serving match with our best serving match of the year, and that was key. When our outside hitters start making good attack choices more often, stop hitting low into blocks and our block starts jumping bigger and stuffing balls to the floor, we are just those things away from being a great team. I’m proud of our effort, especially with three freshmen on the floor at times. I’m proud of the effort and happy we came out with the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Karianna Knezevich And Katlynn Crine Named UEC Riders Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - Sophomore Karianna Knezevich and senior Katlynn Crine have been named United Equestrian Conference Riders of the Month for September, the organization announced on Tuesday. This is Knezevich's second such honor this season for equitation over fences, after receiving the same recognition from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association earlier this month. This is Crine's first honor of the season for co-horsemanship.

A product of Katy, Texas, Knezevich posted a sterling 3-0 record in equitation over fences in September, including wins against Top-10 ranked opponents Baylor and Fresno State. She was named MVP at the Willis Invitational for her 83-82 victory over Alex Dirickson of Fresno State. During the month of September, Knezevich averaged a score of 80.33 and defeated opponents by an average margin of 7.67.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NMSU Football Week Seven Press Conference

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/18/16

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/18/16

bleedCrimson.net: Your team picked up two wins last week against UMKC and Chicago State but lost at UNM. In the UMKC match you were playing out of system due to an injury to setter Crash Parker. How do you feel your team handled that situation?
Mike Jordan: It was a difficult adjustment. This team is not built for a 5-1, we’re built for a 6-2. We’ll scrimmage every once in a while with the setters in the front row but offensively we’re not really built for a 5-1. It was difficult at times but we got better as the match went on. We figured a few things out. Adapting to injuries is part of what athletes and teams have to do and we did an okay job of it. I don’t think we played great, I don’t think we were as sharp as we needed to be but I thought we made plays when we needed to.

bc.net: How do you think Brianna played with having to play all six rotations and having to play in the front row with the additional playing time from playing full time and playing a five set match?
MJ: She’s in pretty good shape and I think she handled it physically fine. It changes your decision making so that was a difficult adjustment but I thought she got better as the match went on and made some good plays for us.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Falls In Four Sets At UNM

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After taking the opening set, New Mexico State (17-5, 7-0 WAC) dropped the next three sets to New Mexico (11-11, 1-7 MW) in a 25-20, 26-28, 17-25, 23-25 loss in the Battle of I-25. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Aggies.

Three Aggies logged double digit kills in the defeat. Junior Sasha-Lee Thomas put up 15 kills and a season-high seven blocks. Juniors Jordan Abalos and Kassandra Tohm posted 14 and 10 kills apiece, respectively.

NM State looked prepared as they opened on a 3-0 run. This quickly devolved into a point-for-point shootout, as both teams traded points most of the set. The Aggies finally broke away at 20-19, and eventually took their only set 25-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At Idaho 55-23

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MOSCOW, ID - The New Mexico State football team got the start it wanted against Idaho but couldn’t sustain it for four quarters as it fell to the Vandals on Saturday, 55-23, at the Kibbie Dome.

Jared Phipps gave the Aggies (2-4, 1-2 SBC) a great start to the game when he got a hold of the ball off a deflection in the end zone. Three players later, Tyler Rogers found Izaiah Lottie down the right side of the field as the redshirt freshman tight-roped the sideline and dodged a couple Vandals (4-3, 2-1 SBC) for the 68-yard touchdown.

Idaho responded and scored on the following play as Matt Linehan put UI on top 7-6 after finding Deon Watson on the fade route to the far right corner. Rogers and company didn’t back down and marched down the field on their ensuing possession thanks to a 49-yard bomb to Tyrian Taylor that led to a 10-yard TD catch by Clayton Granch – his second in as many games.  Continue Reading This Post >>