AggieVision :: NM State Sports Weekly :: 09/26/14

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon To Open Conference Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team began defense of its back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles by sweeping Grand Canyon, 25-20, 25-10, 25-17, on Thursday night inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies are now 1-0 in the WAC and have swept four-consecutive matches to move to 7-5 on the season. They have not lost a set after losing to Colorado State and BYU, two top-15 teams.

The NM State defense came up big again, holding the ‘Lopes to a negative hitting percentage during all three sets. Grand Canyon finished with a -.082 hitting percentage to the Aggies’ .240.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Tiger Q&A With The Times-Picayune's Jim Kleinpeter

Know The Foe :: LSU
This week the Aggie football team takes their 2-2 record south to Baton Rouge, LA where they will face an angry LSU Tiger football team. LSU is coming off a loss at home to Mississippi State and is looking to get right against an inferior Aggie squad. We've enlisted the help of LSU beat writer Jim Kleinpeter from The Times-Picayune to give Aggie fans a quick look at what to expect from the Tigers on Saturday.

LSU is coming off a loss to Mississippi State last week in which they fell behind early. Slow starts have been a little bit of a theme is three of the four games they’ve played this season. What has been the primary reason for the slow starts?
LSU's offensive line was supposed to be the strength of the team. The tackles have played well, the middle three not so much. Senior center Elliott Porter was suspended for the first two games and the lineup has been juggled. Porter will be playing his third game and the Tigers should show some improvement here. LSU is inexperienced at all three of the main skill positions. They aren't going to do much if the O-line struggles too.

LSU has two quarterbacks, sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. It sounds like Jennings will get the start but how quickly do you think we will see Harris, particularly given the spark he gave to the offense in the Mississippi State game?
LSU coach Les Miles has pledged that Jennings will start but Harris will play more. He played only 14 of 74 snaps last week and produced two touchdowns. Jennings is safer, he'll make fewer mistakes, but also fewer plays. Harris is a freshman who probably can't handle the burden of being the starter right now. I'm thinking Jennings will get the first two series, or the first quarter. Harris the 2nd quarter and they'll go from there. A 50-50 split is likely.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/23/14 You had a very good weekend in New Hampshire, maybe one of the more complete weekends that you’ve had win a while.
Mike Jordan: The competition was decent, it just wasn’t nationally ranked opponents. It was the Pac 12, that kind of thing. I thought we did some good things. We were physically dominant at times which was good to see. I thought we got a little bit better connection in the quick attack than we’ve gotten and we hit for better percentages there because of it. That’s a positive. And we continue to play good defense. We hold teams to low percentages and you’ll give yourself a chance to win when you do that. I’m fairly happy with the results. On the topic of defense, you swept all three matches and in only two of the nine sets did the opponent get past 20 points.
MJ: Yeah. We served well and got teams out of system and if you’re out of system against us because of how hard our defenders play, the fact that we block fairly well, it’s going to be tough to hit for a good percentage against us. We took some pretty decent transition swings. I was certainly happy with the fact that we were able to be dominant at times.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 09/23/14 A tough loss on Saturday. You were very competitive and it was a much different game than last year. What are your thoughts on the game?
Doug Martin: Yeah, it was a fantastic atmosphere first of all. Our fans and that stadium was just rocking and that’s the way you want to see it and that’s the way it can be around here every Saturday if we continue to make progress and win games. I’m really pleased with that.

I was really pleased with the effort of our players. I thought they battled and they battled for four quarters. We’ve come a long way in a year. We certainly had every chance to win the game. We just didn’t make key plays on both sides of the ball late in the game and that was the difference. In such a close game, as a coaching staff there are probably a lot of things you’re looking back at. If there were one or two things that if you could go back and do differently what would it have been?
DM: The last drive, there was a third and ten, we had them backed up in a third and ten situation which they’re not comfortable with and we knew they were going to throw a screen and they threw a jailbreak screen to a wide receiver and we had a player standing right there unblocked, he could have actually intercepted it, and just didn’t read it very well and then didn’t make the tackle. That was going to be key. That was the very last drive. If they’re in fourth and twelve, that’s a different deal. One other one was the dive that they handed off and scored earlier in the game that went untouched. We actually had a blitz and Jay Eakins our defensive end was supposed to close down on the dive and he was going to hit it for a negative two yard gain and he blew the assignment and came up the field instead of coming down and so that cost us. Then obviously the fake field goal. That’s on us coaching-wise. We didn’t do a good job of being prepared for that. Then offensively, Tyler had a couple of passes where we had people open in the endzone, Bowen was wide open on a flank route once. Then the first drive of the game on the interception, they showed a blitz and then dropped out and Tyler didn’t recognize they’d dropped out and he threw the interception there. There’s always some plays like that but we’ve got to make plays at the end.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 3-2 To UNLV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Jennae Cambra scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season, however, it wasn’t enough as New Mexico State dropped a 3-2 decision to UNLV Sunday afternoon at the Soccer Athletic Complex.

10 minutes into the opening half Holly Abdelkader drilled a shot from 20 yards out to give the Aggies an early 1-0 advantage.

However, at 22:53 Dakota Blazak hit a high-bending shot that sneaked into the net to tie it at 1-1. Five minutes later Denali Murnan scored on a free kick to give UNLV (5-2-1) a 2-1 lead.

Moments before halftime Kaila Brinkman received a beautiful pass from Isabella Delgado and fired a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced in and UNLV led 3-1 at intermission.

Behind a late offensive surge Cambra added a goal at 88:07 in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls 38-35 To UNM In Rio Grande Rivalry

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team fell to 2-2 on the season after losing the Rio Grande Rivalry 38-35 to the New Mexico Lobos, now 1-2 on the season, Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, N.M.

Aggie quarterback Tyler Rogers went 32-of-47 for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Teldrick Morgan had another big game for NM State, catching nine passes for 122 yards. Joseph Matthews added 79 yards on eight catches for the Aggies, with one touchdown. New Mexico threw for 67 yards and earned 412 yards on the ground, led by Crusoe Gongbay who had 134 yards on 15 carries. Xavier Hall led the Aggies in the ground game, recording 61 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps New Hampshire, Takes Home Holly Young Invitational Crown

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DURHAM, N.H. - The New Mexico State volleyball team capped off the Holly Young Invitational by sweeping host New Hampshire, 25-18, 26-24, 25-11 on Saturday night for their second win of the day.

The Aggies swept all three teams they faced this weekend, Rhode Island, Brown and New Hampshire, en route to winning the tournament. Gwen Murphy, Hannah Walker and Sasha-Lee Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

With the three dominating wins NM State jumps to 6-5 overall on the season. The Aggies outhit and outblocked every opponent this weekend to win nine-straight sets.

Junior setter Taylor Livoti collected her second double-double of the day, and team-leading fourth overall, after posting 28 assists and 10 digs versus New Hampshire.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Rhode Island

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DURHAM, N.H. - The New Mexico State volleyball team began play at the Holly Young Invitational on Friday afternoon by defeating the Rhode Island Rams in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, during the two teams’ first-ever meeting.

The Aggies gave the Rams a taste of their own medicine as Rhode Island had swept seven of its first 10 opponents this season. NM State improves its record to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in neutral courts while handing the Rams their second loss of the season (9-2).

NM State outhit Rhode Island .240 to .109 and had a season-high 10 service aces on the day. Freshman Jordan Abalos had four of those aces, a personal high and team high for the season, while junior setter Taylor Livoti added three more aces.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Podcast :: 09/19/14