The Aggie volleyball and soccer teams both had successful weekends. The Aggie volleyball team opened up their 2011 season with a 2-1 record falling to No. 5 Nebraska in five sets and sweeping South Florida and Nicholls State. Aggie freshman outside hitter Meredith Hays made a big splash in her debut weekend finishing with 46 kills and 18 digs in the three matches and averaged 4.14 kills/set. Aggie senior setter Jennah DeVries is also off to a strong start with 110 assists and 41 digs recording double-doubles (assists and digs) in each of the first three matches.
It wasn't all good news on the weekend as standout freshman Bradley Nash went down with a knee injury that could be season ending. The freshman will have an MRI today. Aggie senior setter Brynja Rodgers also did not play this weekend after suffering a sprained ankle in practice on Thursday.
One other very big bright spot out of the weekend is the play of sophomore outside hitter Deirdre Pajares who stepped in to Nash's spot after the injury. Pajares finished the weekend with 19 kills on 38 swings with just three attack errors posting a .421 hitting percentage playing the opposite hitter position (right). Pajares had five block assists on the weekend and if she continues her strong play it will certainly lessen the impact of the loss of Nash.
Overall the Aggies are looking good. Two of the key areas the Aggies worked on, blocking and serving, are both improved through the first weekend. The Aggies have 10 service aces and are serving tougher (Hays, DeVries, Stephanie Ziegler and Kelsi Phillips give the Aggies four tough servers in the rotation) and the Aggies are averaging 2.00 blocks per set which is double what they averaged last season. True to form, Michlle Kuester leads the way for the Aggies in the blocking department with 13 block assists and two solo blocks after the first weekend.
Up next for the Aggies is their home tournament in which they'll host Grambling and Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday and then LSU on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies and LSU have play five set thrillers in their last two meetings, once in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and last season in LSU's home tournament.
The Aggie soccer team picked up a pair of victories this weekend and pitched two shutouts in the process. The Aggies defeated Prairie View A&M 4-0 on Friday night and then defeated Houston Baptist 2-0 yesterday.
The Aggies' six goals were scored by six different players with four freshmen accounting for the scoring on Friday night and yesterday's two goals coming from sophomore Mary Kate Koziol and junior Courtney Irwin.
Aggie sophomore goal keeper Erin Wosick continues to be solid as she's not allowed a goal in over 256 minutes of play (just over two and a half games).
Up next for the Aggies is a road trip to face Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech in a tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
Last but most certainly not least, football is back! The Aggie football team opens up the 2011 campaign on Saturday as they host MAC power Ohio. The Bobcats are under the direction of former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich and have been to bowl games in three of the past four seasons under Solich.
The Aggies are looking to get their season off on the right track and a win over a very solid Ohio team would do just that.
Not only will the Aggie football team have a new look on offense this season but a couple of game day items will be new as well. Look for a new inflatable helmet that the Aggie football team will run through at the start of the game as well as a new paint scheme in the endzones.
The Aggies and Bobcats kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
On to today's links...
The Nicholls State athletic website recaps the Aggies' sweep.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' home opening victory (subscription required)
KOB.com previews the Aggie football team (video)
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews the Aggie defensive line.
The Houston Baptist athletic website recaps the Aggies' 2-0 win.
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