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Volleyball News

Pierce, Nohara, Cottrell To Enter NMSU Athletics Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletic Department will induct Jimmy Cottrell, Hoku Nohara and Alane (Pierce) Stutzman into its 2018 US Bank/NM State Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday, Feb. 23. The 6 p.m. (MT) event is open to the public and will take place in the Danny Villanueva Victory Club on the third floor of the Stan Fulton Athletic Center.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling Nicole Gomez at 575-646-8050 or via email at nicolemg@nmsu.edu. Deadline to purchase tickets for the event is Wednesday, Feb. 21.  Continue Reading This Post >>

27 Aggies Earn Fall WAC All-Academic Honors

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2017 Academic All-WAC honorees from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

A total of 263 student-athletes were named to the list. Of the first and second team All-WAC selections from the fall sports, 66 percent were also honored as Academic All-WAC honorees. Utah Valley had the most honorees with 44, followed by Seattle U with 35, Kansas City with 34 and Grand Canyon with 33. Of the sports, women’s soccer had the most honorees with 91.

Women’s Cross Country
Meghan Aguilera, So.
Crissey Amberg, Sr.
Cassey Amberg, Sr.
Nichole Gomez, Jr.
Corinne Hanson, So.
Elana Kresl, So.
Sydney Salas, Sr.
Leah Salazar, So.
Julia Yescas, So.

Women’s Soccer
Samantha Afonso, Jr.
Cristina Bertoldo, Sr.
Kelly Burton, So.
Audriana Chavez, Jr.
Aileen Galicia, Jr.
Amy Gulczynski, Jr.
Rebecca Mazzie, Jr.
Jessica McDow, So.
Micaela Milavec, Sr.
Alexandria Otero, Jr.
Danielle Smith, Sr.
Sarina Stockton, Jr.

Volleyball
Jordan Abalos, Sr.
Briana Ainsworth, Jr.
Megan Hart, Jr.
Brigette Lowe, So.
Kaylee Neal, Sr.
Kassandra Tohm, Sr.

NMSU Volleyball Signs Three For 2018

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan constructed another spectacular signing class for the 2018 season. The three athletes join an elite Aggie squad that posted a 21-8 record in 2017, which included NM State's third-straight Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.

"This class adds exceptionally athletic and versatile athletes. We needed to add players that we won't have to substitute out of the game for ball control purposes. All of them are six rotation attackers and defenders and they'll make us more versatile," Jordan said. "They're all really great people as well, everyone close to these athletes raves about how hard they work and what great teammates they are."

Krysten Garrison
Outside Hitter/Setter
Piedmont, Mo. | Dexter HS  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kassandra Tohm Named AVCA All-Midwest Region

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - NM State senior outside hitter Kassandra Tohm has been named to the 2017 All-Midwest Region honorable mention team, announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

The WAC Player of the Year and a first team All-WAC honoree, Tohm led the league in kills (3.98) and points (4.20) and ranked seventh in hitting percentage (.283) in WAC matches. Tohm recorded a career-high 24 kills on .378 hitting at Utah Valley on Oct. 7 and earned her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor this season. She was named to the Golden Dome Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 4.00 points, 3.64 kills and 0.73 blocks per set over the three matches.

Those named to the all-region teams are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced next week during the AVCA Convention.

Kaylee Neal Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M - New Mexico State volleyball senior Kaylee Neal was named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-District VII honors on Thursday. This is the first time she has received the award.

Neal becomes the first Aggie since Kelsey Brennan to earn all-district honors (2010) and the first player since Jordan Bostic (2006-07) to earn first-team accolades. The senior libero currently boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average in accounting and is just the fourth Aggie to earn first-team all-district honors and eighth NM State player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District recognitions.

The Gilbert, Ariz., product started in 9-of-28 matches this season playing primarily as a defensive specialist. Neal has tallied 10 service aces this season while registering 147 digs. The senior also posted nine assists during the regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tohm Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Year, Sierra Named Libero Of The Year, Jordan Named Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The Western Athletic Conference announced the volleyball postseason awards as voted on by the leagues head coaches on Wednesday night. Five Aggie players received accolades including Kassandra Tohm, who received the prized Player of the Year award and Ariadnne Sierra, who earned her second-straight Libero of the Year honor. Head Coach Mike Jordan was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

“We are very proud of everyone and what they’ve accomplished this season,” Jordan said. “They’ve worked hard at improving and are very deserving of their award.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/14/17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

bleedCrimson.net: Picked up a couple of wins last week and were able to win the regular season title. In the win at Grand Canyon you picked up your first five set win of the season. What were your thoughts about that win?
Mike Jordan: We were a little Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We really made some silly mistakes. Grand Canyon was pretty consistent throughout, dug a lot of balls, extended a lot of rallies and I thought served it pretty well. It's tough to win on the road. Teams play so much better at home in this league than they do on the road. We were inconsistent but we found ways in the end to make it happen. I was really disappointed in the fourth set. We had 20 kills in the set and lost. That's hard to do. I don't know that that's ever happened in my time here. We had five more kills than they did but we netted twice, we got called for two ball handling errors, just all these unforced errors came out of nowhere. We didn't serve it very efficiently. That fourth set was really the one where I was shaking my head when I was looking at the numbers at the end of it. I felt like it was a set we maybe should have dominated but fortunately we played well in the fifth, other than missing a couple of serves a little past the midway point. I think we missed back-to-back. That was frustrating but we were able to finish them off in the end.

bc.net: You had 10 kills and only one attack error in the fifth set. Fifth sets that you've played this year, you've had leads or been close in all of them and not been able to close out down the stretch of those sets. What was different in this one?
MJ: You're right, I was a little nervous about it and like I mentioned the serving, we had a lead and then we go back and miss a couple of serves and I really felt like, uh oh, here we go again. We've got to manage this game and not start making errors and fortunately I don't know that we made an error past that point, maybe just one. I was pretty happy with how efficient we were and we scored consistently in a couple of spots and that was a big deal.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Bracket Set

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 16-18 at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas.

NM State is the top seed after winning its third straight WAC regular-season title. The Aggies are led by Kassandra Tohm, who leads the conference in WAC matches in kills per set (3.98) and points per set (4.20), and Tatyana Battle, who ranks seventh in the WAC in kills per set (3.40) and fifth in points per set (3.95). Libero Ariadnne Sierra ranks third in WAC matches with 5.08 digs per set.

Host UT Rio Grande Valley is the No. 2 seed after earning a sweep at Grand Canyon on Saturday. Junior Ragni Steen Knudsen leads the Vaqueros with 3.68 kills per set in WAC matches, while Bojana Mitrovic had a WAC-best 10 double-doubles in league play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/06/17

bleedCrimson.net: You picked up a pair of wins over the weekend and it was the best offensive performance you've had from your middles all season and I'm sure something you've been waiting to see for quite a while.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, we're working hard at point scoring in other spots besides Sasha and our outside hitters. When Brielle Sterns was in the lineup before she got hurt and obviously Jordan Abalos before she got hurt, we had five players right away that could score points. We knew Lia Mosher would eventually get to that point this season where she could score more for us and that's starting to happen. But obviously you want as many players in the lineup that can score as possible. It just makes life so much easier. To our players' credit, they're all working hard at adjusting their games and making themselves more available, especially in transition in the middle. We're finding them and they're doing good things.

bc.net: Megan Hart had arguably the best back-to-back games that she's had maybe in her entire time at NMSU. What allowed her to have, I don't know if you want to call it a breakout but certainly her best weekend overall?
MJ: It's been part of the goal of this group, to make everyone a little bit better offensively, to do a little bit more. She's working harder at attacking with more pace and she's put some heat on the ball and she's done very well. There's a reason we recruited her. She's 6-4, 6-5 and she has arm speed. She's just got to be more aggressive and make herself more available more often and she can score. We're happy to see some progress. I'm hopeful that it'll continue.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tatyana Battle Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER – NM State junior outside hitter Tatyana Battle has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. This is her first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career.

The Albuquerque, N.M. native led the Aggies to 2-0 record last week, averaging 5.08 points, 4.17 digs, 4.00 kills, 0.83 blocks and 0.50 service aces per set. Battle posted back-to-back double-doubles to double her season total. She opened the week with 10 kills, 15 digs and two blocks in a sweep of Utah Valley. Battle then followed it up with a match-high 14 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and a match-high three service aces in a sweep of Seattle U to keep the Aggies in sole possession of first place in the WAC standings with one week left in the regular season. She currently ranks ninth in the WAC in kills (3.13) and 10th in points (3.54).