It's another busy week for the Aggies with the volleyball team returning home (finally) and the football team taking on in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday. Menawhile, the soccer team travels to Lubbock to take on the Red Raiders in the final non-conference match of the regular season.
First off, Aggie volleyball finally returns to the friendly confines of the Pan Am. They've only played three matches at home this season and we're already two-thirds the way through September. The Aggies shook off some sluggishness against Seattle and then held off a game Idaho squad to return home at 2-0 in league play. Life on the road in conference play is never easy.
This week the Aggies host UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech, a pair of teams that played each other last week with the Mavericks besting the Lady Techsters.
With a conference title and return trip to the NCAA tournament set as goals for this season the Aggies must take care of business at home. One thing that was noted by head coach Mike Jordan in last week's interview was that the Aggies haven't lost to any "bad" teams this season and that, no disrespect to UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech, is something that the Aggies must continue to be able to boast. Losing to lower RPI teams (such as UTA, LA Tech, Seattle, etc) can quickly erase any positives built up by the solid non-confernece showing. The Aggies also really need the teams they beat in the non-conference to keep winning (and in some cases, start winning and at an accelerated rate, we're looking at you Cincinnati and North Dakota State).
A couple of weeks ago on the weekly podcast, we compared what the Aggie volleyball team did in terms of scheduling and winning with what Aggie baseball did with their schedule in the non-conference. The one thing that really helped the Aggie baseball team is that including going out and winning big games in non-conference, their opponents went on and had solid seasons and there were times when the Aggies lost and still either held steady or gained in RPI points just because of what their opponents were doing that same weekend.
The same is going to need to happen for Aggie volleyball because the WAC, just as with baseball, doesn't carry a ton of RPI points which makes winning in league (and not losing to bottom tier conference teams) that much more important.
Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal discusses the big, big game on Saturday.
Rick Wright also discusses the injury-laden Lobo secondary.
Rick Wright talks about the Lobos struggles on offense.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the Aggies' season could be determined with a win or loss on Saturday.
Teddy Feinberg also scouts the Lobos.
Kenn Rodriguez of The Mountain West Connection offers a quick look at the Aggies.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News interviews head coach Mike Jordan.
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