Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/23/10 Your thoughts on the alumni weekend?
Mike Jordan:: It was a blast. So much fun to see so many players from the past and their families. It takes you down memory lane. It's a really neat deal to see Annika Donaldson-Williams and her kids and her husband who I'd known a little bit, it was really nice because we haven't had a chance to see her too often. She was a junior when I took over, it's been quite a while since she finished playing. It's been a decade. It was great to see them come back and enjoy playing and seeing the team and interacting with them and touring the facilities. I like the look in their eye knowing that they had a hand in building what we have now. How did some of the new players do in the match against the alumni?
MJ: Freshmen and sophomores that haven't played much or at all tend to be a little nervous. We saw a little bit of that early but once they loosened up they played pretty well. I was really impressed with Rocio Gutierrez. She did a good job on the left and passed great serve receive which we were hoping for out of whoever plays that spot. She played real well.

The transfer middle, Michelle Kuester, her shoulder is getting stronger and she gets a little bit better every day. She didn't play all spring and played sparingly in the fall because of the arm. Her progress, we've got to bring her along slowly but we think we're going to see a player that can help us.

Desiree Scott is such a phenomenal athlete but she's got a lot to learn still but she's competing hard. The two of them are going to see some time at that other middle spot.

Shelby Tamura and Ellen Miks did a good job at libero and defensive specialist. They passed the ball pretty well, made some good defensive plays, gave us good energy. Ellen in particular served the ball real well which is great because we weren't satisfied with her serve last year, we thought it was too easy. We worked at it and she's made really good strides there. All in all I like what I saw from the new players and the youngsters. As long as our veteran players play well I think we've got a shot at being pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Adds Tom Lewis To Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has hired Tom Lewis as the team’s new coordinator of player development. Lewis joins the Aggies with a wealth of experience at the professional, college and high school levels.

"Adding Tom Lewis was a huge coup for us," Menzies said. "Tom brings an extensive breadth of knowledge to the program. He has worked with training NBA players such as Tyson Chandler. We’re very pleased and appreciative that Tom was wanted to come back to the college level with the Aggies."

In the 2009-10 season, Lewis was an assistant coach for the Cal State Los Angeles men’s basketball team. He spent the previous five years, from 2003-08, as the head boy’s basketball coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., following a stint as a women’s assistant coach at Rutgers in 2002-03.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/23/10

The Aggie women's soccer team got a second chance to officially kicked off the 2010 season and they did so earning a tie against Montana. The Aggies went down 1-0 in the 11th minute when Montana's Kaitlyn Heinsohn scored an unassisted goal. The Aggies would go into halftime trailing 1-0 but came out in the second half and put together an aggressive half. For all the talk that we've done about the new players for the Aggies, in the end it was a pair of familiar faces who came through for the team. In the 68th minute, Crystal Burns delivered a ball to Yollie McMillion who was able to put it in the back of the net. It was a role familiar to both players as Burns tied for the team lead in assists last season and McMillion developed the reputation for being clutch with all three of her goals last season being game winners.

McMillion nearly delivered a golden goal at the end of the first overtime but her header hit the crossbar. Montana raced down the field and nearly had a golden goal of their own but a great save by redshirt freshman Mikaela Bitner, the second one of the overtime period, sent the game to double overtime.

To illustrate just how aggressive the Aggies were in the second half and overtime periods, Montana had outshot the Aggies 7-3 in the first half. In the second half and both overtime periods, the Aggies outshot the Grizzlies 15-6.

Up next for the Aggies is another first, their first home tournament as they host Jacksonville State and Prairie View A&M on Friday and Sunday.

Be sure to check out the photos from yesterday's game as well.

The Aggie volleyball team also gets their season underway this weekend as they open up on the road in Tallahassee, FL on Friday at 10:00 a.m. MT against defending Sun Belt champion Florida International. Later in the day the Aggies will take on No. 15 Florida State at 5:00 p.m. MT.

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NM State vs. Montana Match Photos

NM State vs. Montana Match Photos

Aggies Tie Montana In Season Opener 1-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For only the second time in school history, the New Mexico State soccer team ended a match tied after 110 minutes. The Aggies posted a 1-1 tied with Montana after double overtime in NM State’s 2010 season opener.

“I think it was better than on Friday, and this is a work in progress,” head coach Michael Needham said. “As far as our kids’ battle and resolve, to go from 1-0 down to come back and make it 1-1, I was very proud of them for that.”

Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match at 1-1 in the 67th minute when sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns found her in the middle of the box. Both the score and assist were the first of the season.

The Aggies trailed 1-0 after Montana’s senior forward Kaitlyn Heinsohn found her own rebound in the middle of the box and scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/22/10

The Aggie volleyball team swept the alumni 3-0 last night but needed to come from behind to do so. Be sure to check out the photos from last night's match.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium when they attempt to officially kick off the soccer season. The Aggies' opponent today, Montana, played in Albuquerque on Friday night and got drilled by the Lobos 7-0, it was 3-0 within the first 22 minutes of the match.

As you know, the Aggies' season opener against UTEP was cancelled due to bad weather so they haven't officially played a match yet. However, the Montana match tonight provides sort of a "do-over" for the Aggies. They know some of what they needed to work on from Friday night's first half and we expect that the Aggies will come out ready again tonight.

The match can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the exciting action. The match can also be heard online via Aggie Access (subscription required) with streaming video also available.

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NM State Volleyball Alumni Match Photos

NM State Volleyball Alumni Match Photos

Aggies Break Away From Alumni To Pull Off Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team swept the Alumni in the Annual Alumni Match at the Pan American Center, Saturday, Aug. 21.

Led by senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens, who posted 20 kills, the Aggies were able to pull away from the Alums to get the sweep. Head coach Mike Jordan was pleas with the challenge the alumni presented and got a feel of where his team stands.

"I was pleased with a lot of things we did tonight and alumni played great, hitting very few errors, which put a lot of pressure on us," Jordan said. "The veterans played well and did a good job of leading when the games were close. We got a lot of young players on the team, but they did well for us tonight."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

NM State vs. UTEP Match Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 08/21/10

For the Aggie soccer team last season was a season of firsts every time they took the field. This season however, they notched another first. Their first no-contest. The continuation of the Aggie/Miner rivalry will have to wait as a severe storm halted play after the teams went in for halftime. UTEP was leading 1-0 on a corner kick by Katie Dorman in the 14th minute. The Aggies had a few good chances to score as did UTEP but for the most part, the defenses did pretty well. Since the game resulted in a no-contest, none of the statistics are official. Sadly, the attendance is not official either as there were estimates of a crowd of over 2,000 people.

That being said, yesterday's statistics at halftime are as follows:
Shots: UTEP 15, NM State 7
Saves: NM State 7, UTEP 4
Fouls: UTEP 6, NM State 5
Corner Kicks: UTEP 6, NM State 3

No word on whether or not the match will be rescheduled but as we noted in last night's article, if the match is reschedule, it must be played in it's entirety, the full 90 minutes.

The Aggie volleyball team will take on the alumni tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Pan Am. Jason Groves has the alumni roster list in his preview.

And as you may have noticed, we posted our 2010 Aggie Volleyball Preview (See? When we promise something, we deliver, sometimes even earlier than we promised!)

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