Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UT Rio Grande Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State got a solid performance on the floor Saturday afternoon as the Aggies opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 victory over the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

NM State (10-5, 1-0) swept the Vaqueros (7-8, 0-1) 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies were led by the powerful play of senior Nathalie Castellanos of Vado, N.M./Gadsden, who tallied 10 kills with a .429 hitting percentage and two blocks.

“They physically just couldn’t deal with her,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “Nathalie has that kind of presence. She’s a great player. She made a lot of plays.”

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union, hit an amazing .727 in the match, with eight kills on 11 attempts. Murphy also led the Aggies with three total blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Announces 2015-16 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State Aggies announced the 2015-16 Women's Basketball Schedule, featuring 17 home contests on the 32-game schedule.

Coach Mark Trakh's Aggies return all five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's 22-8 team that won their first WAC Championship with a 13-1 league mark, won the first WAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.

The 2015-16 slate features five postseason participants from last year in non-conference play (Northwestern State, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Fordham and New Mexico) along with traditional powers Vanderbilt and Arizona.

Then it's on to WAC play, where two more postseason participants join in CSU Bakersfield and UTRGV.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/22/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/22/15 Your thoughts on this past weekend?
Mike Jordan: Obviously I was very happy with a lot of the things that we did. To take Arizona and Texas to the brink I think says a lot about the level that we’re capable of playing at. I think I was much happier with the Texas match than I was the Arizona match. I felt like against Arizona we didn’t pass the ball very well. They aced us nine times in the four sets and that’s just to many. Our littles, as I like to call them, have to produce better numbers passing serve receive and had they done that I think we could have gotten a win there. That was a very winnable match.

The Texas match, obviously their talent level is tremendous. The number two ranked team in the country for a reason. We did a much better job passing and serving than we did against Arizona and we were actually able to level the playing field a little bit because of it. I thought our littles played exceptionally well against Texas. Moving forward we just need them to be consistent. We had just as many kills as Texas, we had as many blocks, we out dug them. They were just a little bit more late set savvy is the best way to describe it. They went to their big guns and they sided out a little bit more efficiently when they needed to late in sets. We were right there. We were two sets from going up 2-1 on Texas and we did a lot of very, very good things. One thing the team was able to do in the Texas match that you weren’t able to do in the Arizona match is you were able to get out to good starts and even though the team got down you were able to fight back and in the set you won you were able to fight back from a six or seven point deficit.
MJ: Yeah, I like that about us. I keep saying we have a lot of fight in the dog which is great. Mostly, we’re a physical team and we attack it well and we’re hard to figure out. Teams have a difficult time dealing with us. We’re capable of setting away from the big guns and other people producing offensively and I think you see that a lot with our team. We’re pretty balanced and we’re balanced with good kill percentages and that’s a good thing.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. UTEP Football Highlights

Aggie Soccer Falls 4-1 At Prairie View A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies closed non-conference action Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 road loss to Prairie View A&M at Lady Panther Field.

The Aggies fell to 1-8-0 with the loss, while the Panthers raised their overall mark to 3-3-1.

"It was a very physical game today and we were out muscled and out physicaled," said NM State Head Coach Freddy Delgado. "Prairie View was the aggressor. We let them control tempo and didn't play to our strength."

The Panthers opened the scoring in the 18th minute when PVAMU's Ashley Virgil headed the ball in off a pass from Khalisha Bond for a 1-0 lead.

NM State provided an equalizer in the 33rd minute when Sabrina Ruiz scored from 15-yards out off a pass from from Audrey Chavez to even the score at 1-all. Ruiz collected her second goal of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls In Overtime To UTEP, 50-47

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a game that saw 97 points and over 1,000 yards of total offense, the NM State football team dropped a heartbreaking 50-47 overtime loss to Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

UTEP (1-2) won the coin toss in overtime and chose to defend the first possession. After Larry Rose III rushed for nine yards, Parker Davidson made a 44-yard field goal to give NM State (0-3) a 47-44 advantage. On their drive, Miner quarterback Ryan Metz completed a six-yard pass to Cedrick Lang to give the visitors a 50-47 win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Battles No. 2 Texas, Falls In Four Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies gave the second-ranked Texas all it wanted in the final day of the Wildcat Classic, but the Longhorns held on against the scrappy Aggies to win 3-1 at the McKale Center.

NM State (9-5) battled in every set to No. 2 Texas (10-1) before falling 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-25.

"It was a tough one," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "I was happy with the way we played. We had the chance to go up two sets on the No. 2 team in the country."

"The difference was they're ability to score running the slide."

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union had another strong match, leading all hitters with 16 kills and two blocks, while senior Nathalie Castellanos of Vado, N.M./Gadsden added 13 kills with four blocks. Sophomore Jordan Abelos of Safford, Ariz. Chipped in 12 kills as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Breezes Past Savannah State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies had no problem on Friday evening at the McKale Center against Savannah State, winning 3-0 in their second match in the Wildcat Classic.

NM State (9-4) trounced the winless Tigers (0-14) 25-9, 25-14, 25-13.

"We're glad everyone got a chance to play and for the most part, played well," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "We needed to get that."

The Aggies got stellar performances from Arizonans Gwen Murphy and Jordan Abelos.

Murphy, a senior from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union, collected eight kills, hit .800 for the match and collected five blocks.

Abelos, a sophomore from Safford, Ariz., also recorded eight kills to go with 12 digs and five assists.

The Aggies hit .333 as a team in the three set match, and force SSU to hit minus .105. Five Aggies recorded at least four kills in the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 2-0 At Texas State

Written By; NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN MARCOS, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies played a strong, physical game on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium, but Texas State scored twice in three minutes late in the contest for a 2-0 win.

The Aggies (1-7) held the Bobcats (5-2) scoreless through 76 minutes, before the home team broke the tie.

In the 77th minute, Texas State’s Rachel Grout got an opening from 15 yards out on a pass from Maddie Nichols to make it 1-0.

Almost exactly three minutes later, Clarissa Leon scored off a corner kick from Taylor Allen to give the Bobcats their second goal of the game.

“We had the run of play for the first 25 minutes of the second half,” said NM State Head Coach Freddy Delgado. “We just made two errors and that turned into two goals.”

But freshman goalkeeper Ashley Martin of Rio Rancho, N.M./Cleveland was the Aggie star.

She recorded 11 save, chalking up eight saves at the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. No. 16 Arizona Match Photos