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 >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (17-4, 7-0 WAC) came away with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 sweep over Chicago State (3-18, 1-6 WAC) on Saturday to close out the four-match homestand and the first part of the Western Athletic Conference schedule.

“I am pleased for the most part with how we played today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I don’t know if we are capable of hitting for a big percentage very often, because of how error prone we are. Our kill numbers are good, and we played pretty good defense most of the time. Our blocking could be better, but that is a work in progress. I think it is a matter of cleaning up the errors. Chicago State was a little shorthanded today, with their best attacker not being able to play. We took advantage of that a little, and played well enough to win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/14/16 :: A By The Numbers Look At The New Mexico State vs. Idaho Matchup

It’s time for this week’s deep dive into the numbers in this week’s matchup between the Idaho Vandals (3-3) and the Aggies (2-3). This is a pivotal game for both clubs as the two teams try to inch their way toward bowl eligibility. For Idaho, a win would put them within two wins of that magical six-win threshold with five games remaining. An Aggie win would put them halfway there with half the schedule remaining. It goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway, this is a matchup between two historically bad football programs. How bad? This is just the second time (the first since the very first matchup in 1971) that both teams come into the head-to-head meeting coming off a win in their previous game. The next 21 times these two teams have met, at least one of the two (usually both) have lost their previous game.

A cursory look at Idaho’s statistics makes you wonder how they’re 3-3. They’re averaging just 20 points per game while allowing 37.8. They average just 3.96 yards per rushing attempt and have thrown for just 1,151 yards in six games (191.83 yards per game). They’ve turned the ball over 15 times while forcing just nine turnovers and their third down conversion rate is just over 31 percent. That begs the question, what is Idaho doing to win these games? All three of their wins have been by a field goal — 20-17 over Montana State, 33-30 at UNLV and 34-31 last week at UL Monroe on a last-second field goal. Their three losses have been blowouts but their three losses have also come against teams with a combined record of 13-3.

So what can we expect from the Vandals? When they have the ball on first down, they’re nearly as likely to throw it as they are to run it. They’ve run 172 first down plays, 95 have been runs and 77 passes. Of those 172, just 21 have been “explosion” plays (runs of 10+ yards or more and passes of 15+ yards or more), the Aggies have been slightly better with 32 explosion plays on first down out of 178 plays. Those numbers break down to Idaho having a gain of 10+ yards one out of every eight plays they run while the Aggies have a gain of 10+ yards one out of every five plays they run. Defensively both teams are not good in terms of those same explosion plays with Idaho surrendering 10+ yard games 23 percent of the time while the Aggies are giving up 10+ yards on a play 24 percent of the time.

When Idaho is faced with third down and short (1 to 3 yards for a first down) they, just like most teams, will try to run the ball. Idaho has faced 22 such instances and run the ball 16 times while throwing six times. They’ve converted 11 of the 22 third and short situations, nine first downs on the ground and two through the air.

When Idaho is faced with a third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards to gain a first down) they are much ore likely to throw the ball. They’ve faced that situation 16 times and have thrown it 12 times, completing seven passes and converting six first downs through the air and one on the ground (6 of 16 on third and intermediate — a 37.5 percent conversion rate).

When Idaho is faced with a third and long (7 or more yards to gain a first down) they surprisingly have run the ball nearly as many times as they’ve opted to throw it. They’ve had 50 third and longs and they’ve thrown it 29 times and run it 21 times. They’re just 10 of 29 passing converting five first downs while they converted four first downs on the ground (9 of 50 on third and long — an 18 percent conversion rate).

If the Aggies can get Idaho into third and intermediate to long, they’ve got a really good shot at getting off the field.

Defensively when the Aggies have the ball, teams have been just as likely to run the ball as pass the ball on first down against Idaho. Teams have rushed 106 times for 605 yards (5.71 yards per attempt) and thrown the ball 99 times completing 65 times for 820 yards. They’ve surrendered 46 first downs and as we eluded to earlier, teams are having pretty good success gaining large chunks of yardage against Idaho, particularly on first down. The Vandals have surrendered 49 explosion plays (again, 10+ yard gains) out of the 205 1st down plays they’ve defended — a 24 percent clip. Not good.

When the Aggies are faced with third down they’ve been moderately successful with a 40.4 percent conversion rate. Idaho’s opponents are converting nearly 46 percent of their third downs (by way of gain and penalty).

When Idaho’s opponents face a third and short (1 to 3 yards to gain) they’ve had success both on the ground and through the air converting eight first downs on the ground (out of 13 runs) and five times through the air on 6 of 9 passing — a conversion rate of 59 percent (13 of 22).

When Idaho gets teams into a third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards to gain) they’re having a little bit more success stopping them, they’ve allowed 10 of 23 (43.4 percent) conversions. Teams have run the ball seven times getting three first downs and thrown it 16 times completing nine passes while converting seven first downs.

Where Idaho’s defense has stood tall is on third and long (7 or more yards to gain). They’ve forced 40 third and longs with teams converting just 13 times (32.5 percent). Teams have run the ball 12 times on third and long gaining three first downs while passing it 28 times, completing 17 of those with 13 going for first downs.

One other interesting stat to point out. Opposing teams have snapped 271 plays from their own 40 yard line or better compared to just 171 plays inside their own 40 (39 yard line to their own endzone). Teams are spending a LOT of time on the plus side of the field against Idaho. Offensively Idaho has not spent a ton of time on the plus side of the field. They’ve snapped the ball 180 times from inside their own 39 yard line and just 182 from their own 40 yard line to the opponent’s redzone.

One thing Idaho does do fairly well is score given the opportunity. They’re 15-of-20 (75 percent) when they get to the redzone and they’ve converted 12-of-14 field goal attempts. The Aggies have not faired quite as well in the scoring department with scoring just 17-of-24 times they’ve been in the redzone (70.8 percent) and are just 6-of-9 in the field goal department.

Bottom line here is that on paper the Aggies have the offense to put a lot of points on the board in this game. Whether or not they do so will depend a lot on what kind of day Larry Rose III has. In two games against Idaho he has run the ball 42 times for 367 yards (8.7 yards per carry) with six touchdowns. Granted, four of those touchdowns and over 200 of those yards came in last year’s wild come-from-behind victory but the fact of the matter is he is a one man wrecking crew almost regardless of who he is playing against and it would be wise for the Aggies to go to him early and often.

Tyler Rogers did not play against the Vandals last season due to injury and in 2014 against Idaho had a game to forget. He came in late, threw five passes, two of them were picked off as the Aggies lost 29-17.

For whatever reason the Aggies have really struggled against Idaho in Moscow. The last win there came in 2002 and the Aggies have gone into Moscow with teams that on paper should have beaten Idaho only to lose.

On paper this feels like a game the Aggies should win fairly easily but as we just noted, that hasn’t been the outcome the Aggies have gotten particularly at Idaho.

NMSU Volleyball Rallies For Five Set Win Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After being down 2-0, New Mexico State (16-4, 6-0 WAC) rallied all the way back to take the last three sets from UMKC (10-9, 3-3 WAC) and steal the 23-25, 24-26, 25-17, 27-25, 15-12 victory. With the win, the Aggies extend their regular season Western Athletic Conference win streak to an impressive 20 straight.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Karianna Knezevich Named NCEA Rider Of The Month For September

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - Sophomore Karianna Knezevich of the New Mexico State equestrian team was tabbed the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month for September on Wednesday.

Knezevich, a Katy, Texas, native posted a perfect 3-0 mark in equitation over the fences in three contests – including victories over top-10 opponents from Baylor and Fresno State. In the team’s opening weekend at the Willis Invitational, Knezevich garnered MVP honors with a tight 83-82 win over Fresno State’s Alex Dirickson to give the Aggies a 313-302 edge in the equitation over the fences event.

Through three matches in September, she’s averaging a score of 80.33 and has defeated her opponents by an average of four points.

The Aggies travel to Columbia, S.C., next Friday, Oct. 21, as they square off against South Carolina.

NMSU Men's Basketball Picked To Win WAC; Ian Baker Named First Team Preseason All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - A new era of basketball has begun in Las Cruces, but New Mexico State men's basketball will keep chugging along full steam ahead according to league coaches and its media as the Aggies were picked to win the Western Athletic Conference in both polls.

In the coaches' poll, NM State tallied four first-place votes to Grand Canyon's three to take the top spot by a narrow margin of 45-44. The slim margin was also echoed in the media poll with the Aggies picking up nine first-place votes to GCU's eight gives them a 167-165 edge. CSU Bakersfield took third in both polls while Utah Valley and Seattle U flip flopped spots in each of the polls for fourth and fifth. UMKC, UT Rio Grande Valley and Chicago State rounded out the rest of the polls in the same order.

Senior Ian Baker also garnered preseason first-team honors in both the coaches' and media polls. The Aggie floor general averaged 13.8 points and 3.7 assists last season to go with his 4.6 boards per game. He also led the Aggies in scoring four different times and scored 20-plus points five times.

The Washington, D.C., native started in all 34 games last season and shot a .425 clip on the year. Baker made headlines on Jan. 23 when he hit the game-winning 3-pointer at CSU Bakersfield in the second overtime period.

Grand Canyon's Joshua Braun was the 2016-17 preseason player of the year pick in both polls while Baker, Dedrick Basile (CSUB), Martez Harrison (UMKC) and Brandon Westendorf join him on All-WAC Preseason First-Team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC; Mack, Freeman, Salas Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The NM State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced on Wednesday. Shawnte’ Goff of UT Rio Grande Valley was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Senior guard Moriah Mack was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. The Texas native earned First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive team honors in 2015-16 after she averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with her 50 assists, 40 steals, and 46.2 field goal percentage.

In the head coaches poll, NM State tallied 7-of-8 possible first-place votes for a total of 49 points. UTRGV came in second with 42 points and the remaining first-place vote as Grand Canyon garnered 34 points for third. CSU Bakersfield tallied 29 points while UMKC (26), Utah Valley (23), Seattle U. (13) and Chicago State (8) rounded out the rest of the league.

In the media poll, the Aggies earned six first place votes to total 90 points which just beat out UTRGV, who earned five first place votes to finish with 88 points. The media poll was quite similar to that of the coaches poll except Utah Valley was predicted to finish fifth and UMKC in sixth. CSU Bakersfield received the only other first place vote.

Joining Mack on the preseason first-team list is senior Brianna Freeman in the coaches poll. NM State led the pack with two players selected while Grand Canyon, UTRGV and Utah Valley each received one.

In the media poll, Freeman and Brooke Salas earned second-team honors. The Aggies also tied with UTRGV for the lead with three honorees in the media poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/16

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/16

bleedCrimson.net: You picked up a pair of wins last week, a sweep against UTEP and a sweep against UTRGV. The UTEP match was a lot of the same stuff we’ve talked about the last two or three weeks where you have a huge advantage in kills but are playing close sets and then the UTRGV match you have a match where the kill numbers are close but the set scores look more like what you would have expected from the UTEP box score.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, they were two completely different matches. Both were sweeps but the UTEP match was a lot of the same for a couple sets which is us scoring our points and theirs for them as well and making it closer than it needed to be until the third set. Again, it’s not an overnight fix. We’re not going to go from one week to the next and show huge improvement. We’re just hoping to limit the number of sets in which we get high error. I think if you start seeing us go from nine or ten errors a set to six and seven more often, if that’s our high watermark, then we’re making progress. We do that some sets. We can have as few as two or three unforced errors but it’s consistency throughout a match that we’re looking for and we just haven’t reached that yet.

UTRGV we did a lot of things right for two sets and they were a little bit more high error than normal. We did a good job of defending them and giving ourselves transition opportunities to score. I think a few of our players offensively played well and I think pretty much everyone played well defensively. I was happy with that effort. The third set they made a switch which kind of threw us for a loop for a little bit. We finally got it figured out and made the adjustments we needed to make but I think it was a pretty good performance. Not unbelievable. We had a couple of players struggle offensively but I think we did what we needed to to get a win against a good team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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