NMSU Volleyball Sweeps UMKC

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KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced Kansas City at the Swinney Recreation Center in a Western Athletic Conference clash on Thursday night. The Aggies swept the Roos 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 for their first road victory of conference play.

"I’m really proud of the team. With all the injuries we have, we played really well tonight” head coach Mike Jordan said. “I thought we won the serve and pass game. We did a good job blocking the ball. I was also impressed with what we were doing offensively in the middle of the floor.”

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NMSU Softball Earns NFCA Academic Honors

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LOUISVILLE, KY - The New Mexico State softball team was named a Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Team the organization announced on Wednesday. Additionally, four Aggies received Easton/NFCA Scholar Athlete recognition.

Victoria Castro, Stefani Duran, Rachel Rodriguez and Caity Szczesny earned the academic accolade after posting impressive grade-point averages during the 2017-18 season. Not only were Castro and Rodriguez recognized for their academic accomplishments following the banner season in 2018, the duo received All-WAC honors and Rodriguez was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Tournament team.

The four Aggies were among 1.311 individual NCAA Division I honorees who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. The New Mexico State squad was among 107 NCAA Division I programs recognized for its accomplishments in the classroom.

NMSU Women's Tennis Sweeps Monthly WAC Honors

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women’s tennis team swept the first set of month awards the league announced late Tuesday morning. Freshman Chloe Gavino was named the singles player of the month while the duo of Lindsay Harlas and Harsha Challa claimed doubles team of the month.

Gavino, a Tucson, Ariz., product had a great debut in the Crimson & White, going 4-0 in the White singles flight in 2018 Aggie Invitational. The freshman first took down rival UNM’s Madelyn Chavez 6-4, 6-0 before taking down her foe from UT Permian Basin 6-1, 6-2. Gavino then took down UTEP’s Rine Nozaki with ease 6-2, 6-0 prior to best teammate Quinty Janssen in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 for the title.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Stijn de Haan Named WAC Men's Singles Tennis Player Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - Senior Stijn de Haan of the men’s tennis team was named the Western Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Month on Tuesday by the league.

A native of Veldhoven, Netherlands, the 6-1 righty picked up the first honor of the year after going 7-1 in the month of September.

He first went 5-0 in the 2018 Aggie Invitational at home to kick off the season in route to his third-straight singles flight championship in the tournament. During that run, de Haan knocked out a pair of fellow teammates in the quarterfinal and finals.

The following week, the senior went 2-1 at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona. He opened the tournament with a three-set thriller over San Diego State’s Arnaud Restifo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 before having to retire due to injury in his quarterfinal match. However, de Haan was able to bounce back with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over BYU’s Mateo Vereau.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike McGilton Named WAC Men's Golfer Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the golfers of the month for September on Tuesday morning. After a strong pair of opening tournaments, New Mexico State men’s golfer Mike McGilton was named the WAC Golfer of the Month.

McGilton averaged an under-par 71.67 strokes through six rounds for the Aggies. In the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, he fired a 5-under, 211, to tie for third among 92 golfers. The senior golfer shot a 5-under-par, 67, in the second round that is tied for second in the WAC for low rounds on the month.

In the second tournament, McGilton rattled off a consistent scorecard at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, firing three straight rounds of 73 (+1) to finish tied for 32nd at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The Chandler, Ariz. natives 71.67 stroke average in the month of September is over three strokes better than his career average of 74.94.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon

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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 >>