Aggie Volleyball Downs Seattle In Four Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team made up for an earlier loss this season to Seattle U by defeating the Redhawks on Thursday night in four sets, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (13-9) now find themselves alone in second place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-3 record after Bakersfield lost to conference-leading Missouri-Kansas City on Thursday. Seattle (9-13), which entered only a half a game behind NM State in the WAC standings, falls to 5-4 in conference play.

In a matchup of the top-two blocking teams in the WAC, the Aggies outblocked the top blocking team in the conference 9-8, led by redshirt freshman middle blocker Sasha-Lee Thomas who finished with seven total blocks.

NM State also outhit the Redhawks .256 to .124 and had 57 kills to Seattle’s 40.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Luis Medina Named WAC Men's Golfer Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Luis Medina has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for October.

Medina, a sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico (Monteverde Academy), had the best scoring average of any WAC player during the month of October (68.8). Media led the Aggies to a pair of team wins, defending the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate and winning UTEP’s Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational. He won his first individual title during the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, tying with two teammates with a seven-under 206. He followed that up with the ninth-place finish at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational, carding a 10-under 206. He leads the WAC this season with a 70.46 scoring average. Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/29/14 Your team has hit a bit of a speed bump in the late middle of the year. What’s your assessment of what’s been the issue for the team?
Mike Jordan: I think our confidence is a little shaken mainly because of the inconsistent play. Our ability to score points in bunches has really been hampered by a lot of inconsistent play. Some of it you understand. When you’ve got five freshmen that are playing a lot, sometimes four on the floor at the same time, you’re going to have some skill issues. There’s some things with experience that they don’t know yet. Those problems you can work through, you understand them. The problems I’m most upset with, the things that drive us nuts as a coaching staff is the missed assignments, defensively in particular. At this stage, whether you’re a freshman or not you should understand what we’re doing defensively. You shouldn’t miss blocking assignments. You shouldn’t go the wrong way defensively. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy system. We change defenses a lot and very few teams do that. So it’s difficult to catch up but it’s been long enough now. I think what we have is a lack of effort from our team on understanding the systems and making it a priority to do the right things all the time. Communication between points is a big part of that. When you’re young you don’t do a very good job of that. No one does when they’re young. But our veteran players need to take a little more responsibility for it and do more work in that area. In between points they need to do a little more hand holding so to speak and get the rest of their teammates prepared for the next point.

We also have some issues with attacking. Offensively, a couple of our players when they make an error they back off and they’ll sort of half-a** the next swing and that’s frustrating. When you have a lot of athletic ability you should use it as often as you possibly can. That just shows a little bit of a lack of mental toughness and young players go through that. It’s just part of the learning curve, it’s something we have to work our way through. Unfortunately we have more young players playing than ever before so we’re dealing with it more often. We’re making more mistakes than we can. We wind up in a rotation where if everybody did their job defensively, we could score three, four, five points in a row, we end up getting just one. That sort of thing. We’ve got to work our way through it and there’s no overnight fix. We’ve just got to keep working.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 10/28/14 How was the bye week for the team?
Doug Martin: It was good. We got kids healthy first of all. All those freshmen playing on defense, their bodies aren’t ready to play a whole season of college football so this break came at a good time for them to get them healthy and revived. We spent a lot of time working with the quarterbacks so hopefully we’ll see a lot of progress there. How was the bye week for the coaching staff? We talked last week about how when you’re coaching a young team there’s a lot more coaching that’s involved than with a veteran team.
DM: It was good for our coaches to get a break too. We practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we gave players Friday and Saturday off and the coaches took Saturday off ourselves. It helped us catch up on some recruiting things and get away a bit and refresh ourselves too. You need that during this time. College football is a grind, especially when things aren’t going the way you want them to.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Crimson Tops White In Annual Men's Basketball Scrimmage

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - If the annual Crimson and White Scrimmage is any indication of the type of basketball that's going to be played by the Aggies this season, it’s going to be high energy, and extremely fun to watch.

Redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 18 points, and finished 8-for-11 from the field, as the Crimson dropped the White 59-56 Tuesday evening at the Pan American Center.

NM State head coach Marvin Menzies was pleased with the end product.

“I thought we did okay in some areas and when you’re playing yourself every good thing is a bad thing,” Menzies said following the scrimmage. “I do like the tempo and we have to learn how to play at this speed because they haven’t done it in a while. They’ll continue to adjust to it and it’s a matter of becoming comfortable playing this type of style.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls To Bakersfield 4-2

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - Layla Todd and Jennae Cambra each tallied a goal in the first half, however, the Aggies couldn’t overcome Bakersfield’s second-half rally and dropped a 4-2 decision Sunday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference.

It didn’t take long for the Aggies to find pay dirt. At 9:43 in the first half Cambra delivered a perfect pass to Todd, who was standing at the top of the box, and fired a shot past the Bakersfield goalkeeper to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.

However, less than one minute later Jess Moorehead scored to tie it at 1-1.

At 22:28 Alexys Brownell made a nice one-touch pass to Cambra who easily beat the goalkeeper and NM State went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls In Five Sets At Grand Canyon

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State volleyball team put itself in a 2-0 hole on Saturday afternoon but rallied to tie the match at two sets apiece versus Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, the Aggies could not finish off the comeback and lost to the ‘Lopes in five sets, 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11.

NM State, which was trying to win its first match of the season after losing the first set, moves to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in Western Athletic Conference play. Grand Canyon picks up its first-ever win versus the Aggies (1-6) to move to 14-9 and 4-6 in the WAC.

Just as the score, the stat sheet shows how evenly the match was played. Both teams finished with 63 kills, the Aggies won the dig battle 99-97 and the assist battle 61-57 while the ‘Lopes outhit NM State .176 to .157.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Holds Off Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Although at times it seemed in jeopardy in the final set, the New Mexico State volleyball team pulled off a four-set Western Athletic Conference win over Bakersfield, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 28-26, on Thursday night.

The Aggies and Roadrunners both came into the match at 5-2 and in a tie for second place in the WAC. With the win NM State, which is 12-8 overall, improves to 6-2 in conference play and not only holds a one-game lead over Bakersfield but also holds the tiebreaker after sweeping both matches this season over the Roadrunners who fall to 9-12 overall.

NM State, the conference leader in opponent’s hitting percentage, held Bakersfield to an overall hitting percentage of .198, including a .051 percentage in the first set and a .000 percentage in set number two. The Aggies also had a season-high 15 team blocks, led by middle blocker Sasha-Lee Thomas who finished with eight total blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State Sports Weekly :: 10/22/14 Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 10/21/14 Your thoughts on the Idaho game?
Doug Martin: Defensively we made progress again. We caused two turnovers again so we still continue to do that, we lead the conference in takeaways which is really positive. The two best things I saw about us defensively, we only gave up nine points in the second half and the touchdown we gave up was after a turnover and they got the ball on the 15 yard line. That’s not bad for your defense being in those situations. The other play I thought we grew up a lot on was the drive Idaho had, it was a 16 play drive that went all the way to the one yard line, 4th and 1 and we stopped them. That was a big character check to me. Most defenses would have rolled over and let them score at that point and our kids fought through it and they gave us a chance to win the football.

Offensively it’s still the same problem. We’re running the ball well and Larry Rose looked great but our quarterback position, Andrew had two turnovers and Tyler had two turnovers, that’s really can sum up our whole season to this point. We’ve just got to find a way to get these guys to take care of the ball. The two turnovers that Andrew had, one was an interception and one was a fumble on the sack. As far as the sacks, you’ve only given up five sacks this season but three of the sacks have resulted in fumbles. What do you feel like is the cause of that?
DM: Well that’s a tough situation that the quarterbacks are in. I really wouldn’t those on the quarterbacks as much as the tackles that gave up the sacks because when you get hit like that you don’t see it coming and the ball is going to be on the ground occasionally. Those were just really three bad plays by our tackles.  Continue Reading This Post >>