NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team hosted Grand Canyon in a Western Athletic Conference match at the Pan American Center on Saturday. The Aggies swept the Lopes 25-15. 25-23, 25-16 for their 18th straight victory at home.

"I thought we won the serve and pass battle today. We did a good job blocking for most of the match," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We worked hard defensively for the second-straight match, which was huge for us. We had better contributions from our right-side players and our middles offensively and that's big as well."

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NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 To Utah Valley

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team dropped its Western Athletic Conference opener 3-0 to Utah Valley at the Soccer Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon.

“We’re still trying to find that right combination of formation that gives us a good, solid backline while at the same time it allows us to be offensive minded,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “The change that we made today to try and adjust to something, I think we just had a hard time figuring that out and when we stopped figuring that out we lost our offense. I try to explain to the players that the reality is don’t overthink it, we will be set to get our offense back we just have to make sure that we get our back line squared up.”

Both sides came out firing with Katie Martinez getting a shot off just 20 seconds that went high while Ashley Martin made a save on a chance from UVU’s Sadie Brockbank in the 2nd minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Adds Pam Stone As Assistant Coach

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head softball coach Kathy Rodolph announced the promotion of Pam Stone to assistant coach on Tuesday. Stone served as a volunteer coach during the Aggies' 2018 campaign.

"We are excited to add Pam to the staff." Rodolph said. "Her knowledge, experience and passion for the game makes her the ideal candidate for Aggie Softball."

During NM State's banner season in 2018, Stone served as a volunteer coach, primarily working with the Aggie pitchers. She helped mentor Kayla Green last year and the pitcher was named to the First Team All-WAC after an impressive season in the circle. Green posted a squad-best 2.42 ERA during league play, tallying a 5-1 record against Western Athletic Conference opponents.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls At UTEP 4-1

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team conceded an early goal and never recovered as it dropped a 4-1 decision at UTEP in the Battle of I 10 Sunday night.

“That was an unfortunate performance,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “I think the first half our team came and just didn’t compete, didn’t see what was coming. UTEP plays a very direct, over the top game and it took us the entire first half to figure that out and at this level you just can’t take that long. You have to come to the game knowing this is essentially a cross-town rivalry and it’s a fight. It’s a fight first, a game will break out second and we didn’t come to fight, they took over the game and that’s how it happened.”

UTEP started the scoring early when April Pate found Natalie Valentine in the box who buried it to take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Downs UTEP 27-20 In Battle Of I-10

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State football team renewed the 96th meeting with Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night at Sun Bowl Stadium. A much-anticipated game did not disappoint with strong play on both sides of the ball and turnovers proved crucial with the Aggies taking down the rival Miners, 27-20.

In a back-and-forth opening half, the first drive of the game set the tone for what turned out to be an eventful first two quarters. NM State (1-4) forced a three-and-out on the opening drive and as UTEP (0-4) elected to punt, the Aggies decided to avoid the return. Christian Gibson shot around the corner to block the punt and Izaiah Lottie recovered the ball that he took back for a 19-yard score to put the Crimson & White ahead 7-0 just 1:55 into the contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Drops Five Set Match At CSU Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to the Roadrunners 25-18, 21-25, 12-25, 25-15, 6-15 for their second-straight loss in Western Athletic Conference play.

How it Happened

NM State (10-5, (0-2 WAC) started the match going back-and-forth, but following a three-point rally that started with a kill by Megan Hart, the Aggies led CSUB (8-6, 2-0 WAC) 10-7. With Natalie Mikels serving, New Mexico State expanded their lead to six but the 'Runner did not go away easy and closed in on NM State, turning the lead to just three. Down the stretch, the Aggies had all the momentum, leading 17-10, when CSU Bakersfield called its second timeout. Despite a late four-score run by CSU Bakersfield, New Mexico State remained in control, taking the opening set 25-18.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Drops WAC Opener At Cal Baptist

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RIVERSIDE, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team opened Western Athletic Conference play with a five-set thriller against California Baptist at the Van Dyne Gym on Thursday night. The Aggies fell to the Lancers 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 11-15 in their first league contest.

How it Happened

NM State (10-4) got off to a slow start, trailing CBU (10-3) by five early in the opening set. The Aggies clawed their way back to come within a pair down the stretch but quickly fell behind 17-13. With Halle Razo serving, New Mexico State rallied, coming within a point of the Lancers before California Baptist called a timeout to stop NM State's momentum. Despite tying the set at 23-23, the Aggies couldn't find their rhythm and fell 25-23 in the first set.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls 3-0 To South Dakota

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team conceded an own goal early and dropped a 3-0 decision to South Dakota in its final non-conference home game on Friday evening.

“That was a tough one,” said head coach Rob Baarts. “I think it was one of those games where we were battling and battling and playing great ball and that was our one game that honestly I’m not sure anything was going to go right for us. You start the game off with an own goal right at the start and then your sideways and it’s hard to pull that back in.”

The Aggies, playing without leading scorer Aileen Galicia, got off to a slow start when an attempt to clear a Coyote cross in the box ricocheted off an Aggie and past Ashley Martin to give USD the 1-0 lead in the first minute.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps UT Martin

TUCSON, AZ - New Mexico State volleyball swept UT Martin at the McKale Center in the team's Wildcat Classic finale on Saturday. The Aggies defeated the Skyhawks 25-14, 25-12, 27-25 for the tournament victory.

"We played pretty efficiently today. I thought we served the ball pretty well in stretches, which was great," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We played good team defense and gave ourselves extra opportunities to score in transition. Overall, going 2-1 this weekend is not bad for this team. As young as we are to be 10-3, I'm fairly happy with that."

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NMSU Football Falls To Rival UNM 42-25

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team renewed the 109th meeting of the Battle of I-25 against in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday night at Aggie Memorial Stadium. After going up by a pair of scores in the first five minutes of the game, NM State saw numerous flags and turnovers plague the team for the remainder of the contest as it fell to UNM, 42-25.

The game opened with quick scoring for NM State (0-4) beginning on the first drive of the game. New Mexico (2-1) lined up for a 3rd & 5 when Roy Lopez batted the pass out of the air and Terrill Hanks recorded the interception that he returned 28-yards to the end zone for a 7-0 Aggie lead just 1:02 into the contest.

Then after forcing the Lobos to punt, the Aggies orchestrated a six-play drive that spanned 57-yards. This ended with a two-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Matt Romero to put NM State ahead of UNM, 14-0 at the 10:50 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>