WAC Coaches Select NMSU Women's Basketball To Win WAC; Salas Picked Preseason Player Of The Year

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DENVER, CO - NM State is the favorite to win the 2018-19 Western Athletic Conference women's basketball title and the Aggies' Brooke Salas was selected WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league's nine head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies, who won their fourth-straight WAC regular season title last season, received 62 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason poll. CSU Bakersfield picked up the remaining first two votes for a total of 56 points. Defending tournament champion Seattle U was picked third with 49 points and Grand Canyon took fourth with 45 points. Kansas City and UT Rio Grande Valley tied for fifth with 33 points each. California Baptist was selected seventh in its inaugural WAC season, followed by Utah Valley and Chicago State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Juliana Salanoa Named WAC Volleyball Defensive Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore middle blocker Julianna Salanoa has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7. This is the first-ever honor for Salanoa.

Salanoa, an Olympia, Wash. native, led the WAC with 2.67 blocks per set, almost one block per set more than any other player, as the Aggies swept a pair of road matches last week. Against Kansas City, she tallied a career-high nine blocks and was one shy of posting her first career double-double as she also had 10 kills in the match. On Saturday at Chicago State, Salanoa finished with a match-high seven blocks. She also recorded a pair of digs on the weekend.

NMSU Football Defeats Liberty 49-41

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team welcomed fellow independent Liberty to Aggie Memorial Stadium for homecoming on Saturday night in the first of two matchups between the two independents during the 2018 season. An offensive shootout saw the Aggies only trail in the first quarter and have six different players score en route to a 49-41 victory over the Flames.

Liberty (2-3) opened the game with a commanding opening drive. After six plays for the Flames saw the team gain 53-yards, the opposition finished the series off with a 22-yard rush for an early score to put NM State (2-4) behind 7-0 just 2:17 into the contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL – The New Mexico State volleyball team took on Chicago State at the Johnson Convocation Center in a Western Athletic Conference match on Saturday. The Aggies swept the Cougars 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 for their fourth-straight win.

"I'm happy to have gone 2-0 on this road trip," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were fairly consistent but in that third set we lost our focus a bit. Overall, we did what we needed to do and now we get ready for next week."

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NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 At Cal Baptist

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RIVERSIDE, CA - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Western Athletic Conference foe California Baptist on Friday afternoon in Riverside.

“It was a good first half, we played well until the breakdown to finish the half which has been one of our problems, finishing out halves,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “Second half, had a little bit of a fight in us but we just keep giving up that mistake goal where we don’t mark and we have to figure that out. Until we figure that out we’re going to have a hard time.”

The Lancers (9-2-1, 2-1 WAC) had a few chances to take an early lead, most notably on a shot from Miranda Hald that hit the post and bounced out in the 6th minute. Then, the Aggies (1-11, 0-2 WAC) had two opportunities for the opening goal but shots by Jess McDow in the 10th minute and Kelly Burton in the 11th minute were both saved by Carissa Christensen.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps UMKC

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KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced Kansas City at the Swinney Recreation Center in a Western Athletic Conference clash on Thursday night. The Aggies swept the Roos 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 for their first road victory of conference play.

"I’m really proud of the team. With all the injuries we have, we played really well tonight” head coach Mike Jordan said. “I thought we won the serve and pass game. We did a good job blocking the ball. I was also impressed with what we were doing offensively in the middle of the floor.”

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NMSU Softball Earns NFCA Academic Honors

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LOUISVILLE, KY - The New Mexico State softball team was named a Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Team the organization announced on Wednesday. Additionally, four Aggies received Easton/NFCA Scholar Athlete recognition.

Victoria Castro, Stefani Duran, Rachel Rodriguez and Caity Szczesny earned the academic accolade after posting impressive grade-point averages during the 2017-18 season. Not only were Castro and Rodriguez recognized for their academic accomplishments following the banner season in 2018, the duo received All-WAC honors and Rodriguez was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Tournament team.

The four Aggies were among 1.311 individual NCAA Division I honorees who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. The New Mexico State squad was among 107 NCAA Division I programs recognized for its accomplishments in the classroom.

NMSU Women's Tennis Sweeps Monthly WAC Honors

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women’s tennis team swept the first set of month awards the league announced late Tuesday morning. Freshman Chloe Gavino was named the singles player of the month while the duo of Lindsay Harlas and Harsha Challa claimed doubles team of the month.

Gavino, a Tucson, Ariz., product had a great debut in the Crimson & White, going 4-0 in the White singles flight in 2018 Aggie Invitational. The freshman first took down rival UNM’s Madelyn Chavez 6-4, 6-0 before taking down her foe from UT Permian Basin 6-1, 6-2. Gavino then took down UTEP’s Rine Nozaki with ease 6-2, 6-0 prior to best teammate Quinty Janssen in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 for the title.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Stijn de Haan Named WAC Men's Singles Tennis Player Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - Senior Stijn de Haan of the men’s tennis team was named the Western Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Month on Tuesday by the league.

A native of Veldhoven, Netherlands, the 6-1 righty picked up the first honor of the year after going 7-1 in the month of September.

He first went 5-0 in the 2018 Aggie Invitational at home to kick off the season in route to his third-straight singles flight championship in the tournament. During that run, de Haan knocked out a pair of fellow teammates in the quarterfinal and finals.

The following week, the senior went 2-1 at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona. He opened the tournament with a three-set thriller over San Diego State’s Arnaud Restifo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 before having to retire due to injury in his quarterfinal match. However, de Haan was able to bounce back with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over BYU’s Mateo Vereau.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike McGilton Named WAC Men's Golfer Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the golfers of the month for September on Tuesday morning. After a strong pair of opening tournaments, New Mexico State men’s golfer Mike McGilton was named the WAC Golfer of the Month.

McGilton averaged an under-par 71.67 strokes through six rounds for the Aggies. In the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, he fired a 5-under, 211, to tie for third among 92 golfers. The senior golfer shot a 5-under-par, 67, in the second round that is tied for second in the WAC for low rounds on the month.

In the second tournament, McGilton rattled off a consistent scorecard at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, firing three straight rounds of 73 (+1) to finish tied for 32nd at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The Chandler, Ariz. natives 71.67 stroke average in the month of September is over three strokes better than his career average of 74.94.  Continue Reading This Post >>