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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/16/14 Another weekend of tough competition for your team, two really good teams in Colorado State and BYU. I thought your team played really well against Colorado State and had some unfortunate luck at the end of the first two sets in trying to close them out.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, we served it terrible in the beginning of the game. We missed six in the set and that cost us. It was a really close match all the way through but if you get that first set win then you get that confidence starting to brew a little bit and we unfortunately shot ourselves in the foot at the service line early in the set. Colorado State’s got a tremendous team obviously and they have a more veteran presence than we do and they were just better at making plays when they needed to. When you look at the numbers you would think that we won, if you look at the box score. We outhit them by 40 points and out blocked them almost 2-to-1, the digs were similar. We just made some unfortunate errors when we couldn’t make errors and made some bad choices and you just can’t do that against a great team like Colorado State. The good thing is that I think we’re going to learn from this type of thing. It’s great fuel for the fire in practice. You can show them the video and say look, here’s where we went wrong, here’s the bad choices that we made. Here’s where we were unprepared and it cost us and you can hold it over their head to prepare better in practice every day and stay more focused and pay more attention to scouting reports and things like that. It was a very, very good match with two really good teams and I saw a lot of things that I was pleased with as well.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 09/16/14 A tough loss down at UTEP on Saturday night. The game felt a lot like the game last year where you were in it late but UTEP ground the game out with their run game.
Doug Martin: Yeah, it was just disappointing that we didn’t finish the game. We had chances on both sides of the ball and we just did not make plays at critical times. To start the second half our defense got a turnover and we could have made it a 21-17 game and our offense does nothing with the ball. Then the fourth quarter our offense scores two touchdowns and our defense gives up three. We’ve just got to play better as a team for 60 minutes. There were a lot of other similarities between the game this year and last year, even in getting the turnover coming out of halftime and then had the turnover in the endzone in last year’s game where you weren’t able to turn it into points.
DM: Yeah. I’m just really disappointed that we’re not making progress as a whole team right now. We need to be improving a lot more than what I’m seeing so far and a lot of that goes back to the way our guys practice. I didn’t like the way we practiced last week. I didn’t think it was intense enough. I didn’t think our players were buying into how important practice was and it showed up in the game. That’s the challenge or our guys this week is to mature, grow up, learn from it and go out and practice as well as we can this week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls At UTEP 42-24

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies suffered a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, September 13. NM State falls to 2-1 on the season, while falling to 35-55-2 in the overall series with UTEP, having lost the last six meetings between the two teams.

The Aggies showed signs of coming to life, but could never really get the run game going, having to relay fully on their passing attack. Head Coach Doug Martin said, “The third downs; when you can’t run the ball you are going to have a lot of third downs. A lot of third and longs and couldn’t convert. We also dropped a lot of passes that I thought hurt us. Overall, offensively we were just very ineffective.”   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls To No. 9 BYU

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive day, the New Mexico State volleyball team lost to a top-15 team, this time losing to the ninth-ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, during final match of the NM State/UTEP Tournament inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies fall to 3-5 after losing to No. 14 Colorado State on Friday and the Cougars on Saturday.

NM State could only muster a .017 hitting percentage as BYU, one of the best blocking teams in the country, finished with 20 total blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Abalos led the Aggies after finishing with her third double-double only three weeks into her Aggie career. Abalos was the only NM State player to finish with double-digit kills, finishing with 11 kills while adding 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>