Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/21/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/21/15 Your thoughts on the wins over Utah Valley, Seattle and UTEP?
Mike Jordan: Utah Valley came in playing really well. I think they have a lot of confidence right now in what they’re doing. They’re a pretty balanced team so it’s not like you can avoid people. You have to work at stopping people a little bit. I thought it was a good match when we were low error. Seattle had been struggling a little bit but the talent is unquestionable. They’ve got the length you need, they serve it really tough. We had some issues in serve receive with Jordan Abalos having sprained her ankle in the Utah Valley match. We were a little limited from a passing standpoint and Bradley Nash stepped up in both of those matches and passed for us and settled us down in the Seattle match when we needed it. Seattle is a good solid ball club. I was expecting tough competition from both teams and we got it and obviously it made it a little bit harder with Abalos not being able to play and getting us that extra pair of forearms that are so important to us. UTEP is struggling. They’re just not a physical team right now. Any time you’re on your home court with a good-sized crowd and you’ve got a physical advantage you should win and we did. I wasn’t too pleased with the serving in the first set but we settled down after that and did a nice job. You had a little bit of trouble in the first set against Seattle serving as well. What was your assessment of the first set against Seattle and the first set against UTEP serving-wise?
MJ: We’re just not consistent and that’s something we have to keep working at. We have people who are missing a lot and that’s forcing their teammates to back off a little bit. You don’t want to miss two in a row or two out of three, that kind of thing. When your teammate misses in front of you, you tend to back off a little bit. That’s a struggle we have to work at avoiding. You have to go back and hit your tough serve and not think about the fact that your teammate missed. That’s difficult to do. Their whole lives they’ve been taught not to miss after a teammate but the reality is that at this level of volleyball you have to serve tough and misses are a part of that. Look at how well SeattleU serves. They’re at almost two aces per set, probably top ten in the country and they miss a lot. But that’s okay. When you’re serving lame or easy, the other team is going to side out quite a bit as it is. You’ve got to take those chances and go for it and we’ve got to do a better job of that ourselves.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Announces 2016 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Following a spectacular, record breaking season that featured a 14-1 conference record, the NM State softball program has set another challenging schedule for the 2016 season as announced by head coach Kathy Rodolph on Wednesday. The Western Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champion team opens the season on Feb. 12 and will face 27 non-conference opponents prior to league play.

"This is by far our most aggressive schedule in the last 13 years at least," said Rodolph. "We will play 10 games against teams with a top 20 RPI. We will play six games with a top 50 RPI. One of the highlights is attending the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. This is the most prestigious pre-playoff event for Division I softball. We are excited for the challenge."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UTEP 3-0 In Battle Of I-10

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State Volleyball Aggies cruised to a 3-0 sweep of rival UTEP in the Battle of I-10 on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies notched their 17th victory out of the last 18 meetings, third straight, with the 25-21, 25-14, 25-15 decision over the Miners.

“What we wanted in these matches was competition and competitiveness, maybe an opportunity to experiment a little bit. We did that a little,” Head Coach Mike Jordan said, “I think when nobody gets hurt in a nonconference game and you beat your rival, you have got to be happy with that outcome.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls At Georgia Southern 56-26

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STATESBORO, GA - Andrew Allen had a career-high 253 passing yards and threw for three touchdowns as the NM State football team fell 56-26 to Sun Belt Conference opponent Georgia Southern on Saturday night in Paulson Stadium.

Allen, who had just his second career start for NM State (0-6, 0-2), completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 253 yards. The sophomore completed a long pass of 61-yards to Royce Caldwell and had just one interception on the evening. Caldwell had a career-high 130 all-purpose yards.

Larry Rose III led the Aggies in both rushing and receiving as he collected 82 yards on 13 runs and chipped in 31 yards on five receptions. Joshua Bowen had 15 yards and a career-high two touchdowns on four receptions.

Derek Ibekwe led the Aggies’ defensive efforts with 14 tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss. Dalton Herrington chipped in seven tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies To Defeat Seattle, 3-2

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State volleyball extended its win streak to eight in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Seattle U. to close out the first half of the WAC schedule Saturday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies finished the first half of conference play undefeated with a 7-0 record, 17-5 overall. They go into the second of the WAC schedule with a two game lead in the conference after the 25-23, 22-25, 14-25, 25-18, 15-13 decision over the Redhawks (4-3, 12-8).

Senior Andrea Tauai led the way for NM State with 16 kills. “She stepped up big, took some big swings. I knew we could get her one-on-one in a couple of situations. She stepped up big and got herself some kills,” head coach Mike Jordan said of the Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga HS native.

Senior Bradley Nash, of Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley HS, also managed to rack up double digit kills in the match with 13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Routs Chicago State 5-1

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State women’s soccer team returned to the win column Friday afternoon at the Soccer Athletic Complex with a 5-1 victory over Chicago State.

The Aggies (4-11, 3-3 WAC) were aggressive on the offensive end from start to finish, outshooting the Cougars (0-15, 0-6 WAC) 33-5 to along with a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

“I think it was a good overall win for the team,” assistant coach Ben Parman said.

Sophomore Alexis Rienks opened up the scoring for NM State when she zipped past her defender and blasted a shot into the back of the net on a pass from Rebecca Mazzie just 2:07 minutes into the match.

Less than two minutes later, Amber Jones booted in the equalizer for Chicago State on a penalty kick.

Holly Abdelkader would regain the 2-1 lead for NM State when Aileen Galicia found Abdelkader up the middle for her fourth goal of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Utah Valley 3-1

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State grew its conference lead to two games with a win over Utah Valley Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies, whose record now stands at 16-5 and 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, notched their seventh straight win with the 25-19, 15-25, 25-12, 25-22 decision over the Wolverines (8-10, 4-2).

When asked what a win like this means wrapping up the first half of conference play, NM State head coach Mike Jordan said, "It give us a two match cushion, which is great. That's a big time deal."

Sophomore Tatyana Battle set the pace for the Aggies. The Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS native led the team with 15 kills and a .312 hitting percentage. All-America candidate Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS had 9 kills and a .300 hitting percentage, with 3 aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Basketball Media Day Interviews

Media Selects Aggies As Preseason Favorite, Siakam As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LAS VEGAS, NV - The Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to win the conference crown during the 2015-16 season and Aggie sophomore forward Pascal Siakam as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies received 13 first-place votes, earning 110 points. Grand Canyon was picked to finish second with 88 points, just ahead of Missouri-Kansas City in third with 87 points. CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish fourth with 76 points and one first-place vote, followed by Seattle U in fifth with 55 points. Utah Valley was picked to finish in sixth place with 37 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in seventh with 34 points and Chicago State in eighth with 17 points.

Reigning WAC Freshman of the Year Siakam was voted Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the Preseason All-WAC first team. Joining him on the first team are teammate Ian Baker, Aly Ahmed of CSU Bakersfield, DeWayne Russell of Grand Canyon and Martez Harrison of UMKC.

The Preseason All-WAC second team is comprised of Grand Canyon’s Joshua Braun, UT Rio Grande Valley’s Shaquille Hines, Kevin Mays of CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U’s William Powell and Deshaun Sunderhaus.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Coaches Select Aggie Men's Basketball As Preseason Favorites

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LAS VEGAS, NV - NM State is the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title in 2015-16, while Missouri-Kansas City junior Martez Harrison was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s eight head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies received 49 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Grand Canyon for top spot. The Antelopes captured second place with 39 points. CSU Bakersfield came in third with 36 points and the other first-place vote, edging out Missouri-Kansas City in fourth place with 35 points. Seattle U came in fifth place with 22 points, just ahead of Utah Valley in sixth with 20 points. UT Rio Grande Valley (13) and Chicago State (10) round out the poll.

Harrison, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining him on the first team are CSU Bakersfield’s Aly Ahmed, NM State’s Ian Baker and Pascal Siakam and Grand Canyon’s DeWayne Russell.

Second team selections include Joshua Braun (Grand Canyon), Hayes Garrity (Utah Valley), Shaquille Hines (UT Rio Grande Valley), Kevin Mays (CSU Bakersfield) and William Powell (Seattle U).  Continue Reading This Post >>