Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/08/14 You opened up conference play two weeks ago with a sweep, then you won two five set matches where you had to come from behind at 2-1, then you went up to Seattle, fell behind 2-1 but weren’t able to rally this time and the third set you lost 29-27 and if you win that set, it’s probably an entirely different match.
Mike Jordan: It’s frustrating when you’ve got a 24-20 lead and a good rotation to side out in and you don’t get it done. We missed a couple of defensive assignments. We just didn’t play assertively enough or aggressively enough. Part of that is youth, part of that is getting the ball to our experienced players. You’ve just got to make the right plays at crunch time and Seattle, you give them credit, they stayed aggressive. They were taking big swings when they needed to and we played patty-cake with a couple balls we should have hit. We missed those defensive assignments and it cost us. The fourth set, it was 20-all and the referee blows a call, it cost us a point and it shifts momentum but you still have a lot of time as a team to recover and make plays and we just didn’t do that. Again, we got a few good opportunities and we tipped balls we should have hit. We walked out after a timeout after being told to take aggressive swings and we tipped the next ball. I think we got what we deserved in that match. But hopefully we’ll learn from it and if we don’t you’re not paying attention. I’ve seen a lot of good things. I think when we’re playing well, which certainly isn’t consistently enough, but when we are playing well, it’s the best volleyball in the conference. We can beat anybody and unfortunately we just have to develop that consistency. We haven’t done that yet and that’s the goal right now is to put it together, play well in long stretches, miss fewer assignments, make the right decisions at crunch time and become the team we’re capable of becoming. It’s harder this year because we are young. We’re probably the youngest team in the conference. We’re in a 6-2 and we’ve got a rotation of 10 or 11 player we use on a consistent basis, really 12, and five or six of them can be freshmen. I’ve looked out on the floor quite a few times in the last few weeks and seen four freshmen on the floor at the same time. It’s not an overnight fix. It’s going to take us a little while but as long as we keep working and paying attention, we’ll get there.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 10/07/14 Obviously not the result you were hoping for against Georgia Southern, you did a lot of good things in the game but the turnovers continue to be an issue for the team.
Doug Martin: Yeah they really do. We won every statistical area in the game. Total yards, third downs, first downs, everything except the turnovers and that’s a shame because right now our defense has more takeaways than any defense in the Sun Belt Conference. We have 13. But we have 16 turnovers. Until our offensive kids buy into taking care of the football, we’re going to struggle. You mentioned winning all of the statistical battles except for the turnovers and obviously the score but your team overall seems to be improving from week to week and at the very least that has to be very encouraging for you.
DM: Well it it and it’s frustrating at the same time. We’re right there on the edge of breaking through and we’ve got to find a way to kick the door in and start winning games because you’re right, we have improved on both sides of the ball. We’re really balanced on offense, we’re running the ball well, we’re throwing it well at times. We just need to break through and get some wins.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hab Rubio Named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior cross country runner Hab Rubio was named the Western Athletic Conference men’s Athlete of the Week for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 after his performance at the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Rubio took second place overall at the classic in Lawrence, Kan. with a time of 24:37.80 averaging a 4:57.3 mile.

Rubio has finished first for the Aggies for five consecutive meets that they have competed in: Texas Tech Triangular, Lobo Invite, the Kachina Classic, Lori Fitzgerald and the most recent Rim Rock Farm Classic.
“Rubio has put in a lot of hard work in this season and throughout the summer,” assistant coach Chris Huff said. “ It’s nice to see all the hard word he has committed is starting to pay off and come to fruition.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Elizabeth Solomon Named Equitation Over Fences Rider Of Month

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WACO, TX - Elizabeth Solomon has been named Equitation Over Fences Rider of Month for September, as determined by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and its selection committee honoring standout performances from the opening month of collegiate equestrian.

Solomon, a senior from Midland, Pa., posted a 2-0 record in Equitation Over Fences for the month of September, with both victories coming on the road. In Solomon’s win against her opponent from then-No. 5 Kansas State, she achieved a new personal-best score of 86 and earned MVP honors.

The Aggies return to action Friday, Oct. 17 and welcome Tennessee Martin to town.

Aggie Soccer Snaps Skid, Rout Chicago State 6-1

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CHICAGO, IL - Seniors Jennae Cambra and Layla Todd scored two goals apiece and the New Mexico State soccer team found its offensive groove and dominated Chicago State, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Kroc Stadium.

It was the Aggies first Western Athletic Conference win of the season.

“It’s huge to earn our first conference win and it should help our confidence as the season progresses,” NM State head coach Freddy Delgado said. “When we play our attacking style it gives us a chance to succeed on offense and today it came to fruition.”

At 6:20 in the first period Todd received a pass from Cambra and buried it home and 15 minutes later Cambra found the back of the net and the Aggies led 2-0.

Moments before the 40-minute mark Stephanie Petre and Michaela Haley netted their first goals of the season and the Aggies entered intermission with a commanding 4-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To Georgia Southern 36-28

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference, Saturday, Oct. 4, after losing 36-28 to conference opponent Georgia Southern at Aggie Memorial Stadium in the Tough Enough to Wear Pink game.

Tyler Rogers recorded 329 yards through the air on 34-of-48 passing with three interceptions. Rogers also had a productive night on the ground, going for 49 yards on ten attempts. Brandon Betancourt led the Aggies with 65 yards on the ground on 11 carries, recording two touchdowns.

Larry Rose III and Xavier Hall had a combine 65 yards rushing and a touchdown each. Teldrick Morgan led all receivers with 100 yards on ten catches. Joshua Bowen added 92-yards and Jerrel Brown had 73-yards as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 4-2 At UMKC

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KANSAS CITY, MO - Katie Smith and Darien Faulkner each found the back of the net, but New Mexico State didn’t have an answer for the Kansas City offense and dropped a 4-2 decision Friday evening in Western Athletic Conference action at Durwood Stadium.

It didn’t take long for UNKC to find pay dirt. At 2:31 in the first period Hannah Chadick scored to put the ‘Roos up 1-0.

The Aggies responded at 21:04 when Alexys Brownwell passed it to Smith who launched a shot from 40 yards out to tie it at 1-all.

However, less than a minute later Alyssa Elver scored and UMKC (5-3-2, 1-0 WAC) reclaimed a one-goal lead. At 42:12 Whitney Lucas added a goal and the ‘Roos entered halftime with a 3-1 advantage.
Faulker scored at 59:05 when Layla Todd found her on a one-touch pass and buried it home in front of the goalkeeper.

Four minutes later Lucas added her second goal of the game to put the match out of reach.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies Past Utah Valley

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OREM, UT - For the second time in as many matches the New Mexico State volleyball team defeated a Western Athletic Conference foe in thrilling five-set fashion as the Aggies outlasted Utah Valley 25-19, 25-27, 16-25, 25-15, 15-11 on Thursday night.

As on Saturday versus Bakersfield in Las Cruces, NM State came back from a two sets to one deficit to keep its conference-games winning streak alive. The streak now stands at 11-consecutive WAC wins dating back to last season.

The Aggies are now 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the WAC and are on a six-match winning streak, including four-straight wins on the road. The Wolverines fall to 6-10 and .500 at 1-1 in WAC play.

Junior Bradley Nash led the way for NM State with her third double-double of the season after marking a season-high 15 kills and adding 12 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twelve Aggie Softball Players Earn NFCA Scholar Athlete Honors

Aggie softball players Haley Ann Nakamura, Morgan Lambert, Nicole Diaz, Devon Thomey, Misty Hoohuli, Tatum Reedy, Karysta Donisthorpe, Savannah Washington, Brennalyn Nakamura, Taylor Lewallen, Kristi Covarrubia and Chelsea Dohrwardt all earned 2014 NFCA Scholar Athlete honors for the 2013-14 academic year.

To receive the NFCA honor, the student-athlete must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Camille Orito Named WAC Golfer Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the WAC Golfers of the Month with sophomore Camille Orito earning the honor for the month of September.

Orito, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS), competed in two tournaments during the month, finishing in the top-10 in both. She opened September winning the Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah with a 1-over par 143 (70-73). Orito helped the Aggies to a first place finish in the 12-team field that included three other WAC schools.

“She played really solid at BYU and she has just been hitting her tee shots and iron shots really well on a consistent basis,” said head coach Jackie Booth. “We are really working on her putting for the upcoming tournament that we are hosting next week. She had a hole-in-one on No. 6 here at NMSU and she had a bogey free round during qualifying recently.”  Continue Reading This Post >>