Ashley Martin Named WAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO – NM State’s Ashley Martin has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 3-9.

Martin, a sophomore from Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS), allowed just one goal and made 11 saves to help NM State secure a road draw against UMKC on Sunday. In a match where the ‘Roos outshot the Aggies 34-6, Martin made five saves in the first half to help the Aggies stay within striking distance and closed the match with four saves in the first overtime. She also started in the Aggies’ win over Chicago State on Friday, making two saves and allowing no goals during her 45 minutes of action. Martin had a .929 save percentage on the week and her 82 saves on the season place her 19th in the nation.

NMSU Softball Sweeps First Weekend Of Fall Competition

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team had a great start to its fall ball this past weekend, sweeping both Western New Mexico and Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Aggies showed that last year’s record-breaking number of stolen bases was not a fluke this weekend as well, swiping a ridiculous 27 bags in the four games on top of their .446 team batting average.

In its first game of fall ball, the Aggies destroyed WNMU 18-2 behind a combined effort from Kayla Green and Fahren Glackin in the circle. Green tossed four innings and gave up just one earned run while Glackin finished the last three innings while giving up just one run as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Tennis Dominates Balloon Fiesta Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Led by junior Christofer Goncalves, the New Mexico State men’s tennis team concluded the Balloon Fiesta in dominating fashion on Sunday as the Aggies won 4-of-6 singles flights as well as the No. 1 doubles flight.

Goncalves and teammate Luis Flores picked up their eight-straight doubles victory en route to claiming their second doubles flight crown in as many tournaments.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Earns 1-1 Road Tie At UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - Despite being outshot 34-6 the entire game and 9-2 in overtime, the New Mexico State women’s soccer team was able to settle for a 1-1 draw against UMKC thanks to the stellar play of Ashley Martin and the Aggie defense.

The UMKC (4-7-3, 1-0-1 WAC) offense relentlessly attacked the NM State (4-9-1, 1-0-1 WAC) defense and tested Martin the entire first-half, outshooting the Aggies 14-3. In the 36th minute of the game, Gabby Campell’s shot was blocked by the Roos’ defense and led to their counter attack. Kelsey Mothershead took the first shot on the attack, but was denied by Martin. She then found herself in possession of the ball and connected with Ryann Burnett just to her right for the first goal of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tirado Header Gives Aggies 2-1 Win Over Chicago State In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With 88:19 left in regulation, Dominique Rivera booted the corner kick nearside for NM State as it sailed over every single player except freshman Tuti Tirado, who easily headed in the game-winner Friday afternoon. The goal lifted the Aggies past the Cougars, 2-1, minutes after the Chicago State knocked in the equalizer.

Oddly enough, soon after the match ended, Tirado and Rivera were being featured in the second episode of Aggie Profiles. A monthly student-athlete centric television show that gives fans an inside look and get to know the student-athletes here at New Mexico State beyond their sports.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Six NMSU Softball Players Named NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOUISVILLE, KY - Six NM State softball players have earned NFCA Easton Scholar-Athlete honors on Thursday.

Karysta Donisthorpe, Makayla McAdams, Brennalyn Nakamura, Haley Nakamura, Tatum Reedy and Brandi Wilke all received the award after posting a 3.5-or-better grade point average for the 2015-16 academic year.

Donisthorpe, McAdams, B. Nakamura, H. Nakamura and Reedy all earned Academic All-WAC honors as well this past season. On top of their academic success, Donisthorpe and Reedy tallied WAC All-Tournament and First-Team honors while McAdams picked up first-team honors.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Easton Scholar-Athlete honors go to all Division I softball players who post a 3.5 GPA or better for the previous academic year. This season a total of 1,240 players across the country reached that mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Honored With NSCAA Team Academic Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The 2015-16 New Mexico State women’s soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Thursday as the NSCAA announced its Team Academic Award.

To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA was determined by every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

New Mexico State checked in with a team GPA of 3.45 and was one of six schools in the Western Athletic Conference to earn the honor with Grand Canyon and UMKC earning the honor for both men’s and women’s.

New Mexico State opens WAC play this Friday, Oct. 7, at noon against Chicago State before flying to Kansas City to face off against UMKC at noon on Sunday, Oct. 9, on the WAC Digital Network.

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps I-10 Rival UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State (14-4, 4-0 WAC) notched their fourth-straight sweep over UTEP (3-13, 1-2 C-USA) with a 26-24, 25-23, 25-15 victory in front of a raucous crowd on Wednesday.

“It is always good to get wins in these rivalry matches,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “However, we made a lot of bad attack choices in the first two sets. We got out of system and they blocked some balls, plus we made too many errors and gave them points. In the third set, we only made three errors. That is really what it boiled down to.”   Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/04/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/04/16 You picked up a pair of wins on the road this past weekend at Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. You talked about Bakersfield being one of the most competitive teams in the WAC and I thought the Aggies played well particularly in closing out the sets.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, I challenged the team last week. Part of the growth process is learning how to compete. Sometimes we have a tendency to think Division I athletes are going to be competitive people all the time and that’s really not true. I think being competitive is something some of them have to learn. Many of them grew up the best player on their team and were never really challenged that much or come from backgrounds where nobody really challenged them that much. Learning how to compete is very important. I had a conversation with Don Ball our former tennis coach and Don said he thinks that those who grow up playing individual sports such as swimming or tennis, track and field, have a leg up in learning competitiveness early on. I think that’s true. I challenged them because I think the Bakersfield team is always excited to play and perform. They know that we’re a good team and they get up for us and I think they get up for everybody. I think they compete against everybody. They understand their deficiencies that they’re not real big but they play their butts off. They’re fun to watch. I think you can come out on top if you’re a super competitive group and win some games that maybe you’re playing against better talent. I challenged us to rise up to their competitive level or try and surpass it. I told them I’m not sure what I’m going to see but I’m looking forward to seeing something different from us. I think they took that as a challenge and did a good job with it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rodney Butler Named Sun Belt Defensive Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – New Mexico State’s Rodney Butler was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday morning as announced by the league after registering 18 tackles Saturday night against UL-Lafayette with six solo tackles as the Aggies defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns 37-31 in double overtime.

This is the second weekly conference honor for Butler this season and the third overall for the Aggies.

The NM State captain picked up his third-career interception in the second quarter when he stepped in front of Anthony Jenning’s pass. His last interception came in 2015, also against the Ragin’ Cajuns. The 6-1 linebacker also forced a fumbled in the first quarter, the fourth of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>