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Volleyball News

NMSU Volleyball Picked To Win WAC In Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected NM State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2016. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Aggie junior middle hitter Sasha-Lee Thomas was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

NM State received six of the first-place votes and 48 total points to earn the top spot in the poll. CSU Bakersfield earned one first-place vote and 38 total points, followed by Seattle U with one first-place vote and 34 points in third place. UMKC was picked to finish fourth with 31 points, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 27 points. UT Rio Grande Valley was picked sixth with 24 points, while Grand Canyon and Chicago State round out the poll with 15 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Media Day Quotes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan and a group of players met with members of the media on Tuesday for NM State Volleyball Media Day as a part of the beginning of preseason practice to start the 2016 season.

The squad began practice on Monday and will continue with two-a-day practices over the next two weeks leading up to the Crimson and White Scrimmage scheduled for August 20 at 4 p.m. in the Pan American Center.

The Aggies will open up the 2016 campaign on the road as they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for a tournament hosted by UNLV, and will face off against Albany on Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.

Head Coach Mike Jordan

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Jordan Announces 2016 NMSU Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The reigning Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State volleyball program has set a challenging 2016 schedule, which will feature two 2015 NCAA Tournament participants.

In total, the Aggies will play 30 matches, and will host 11 of those at the Pan American Center. NM State will co-host the Borderland Invitational with UTEP in Las Cruces and travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Troy, Ala. and Providence, R.I. for three additional tournaments.

Season tickets will go on sale July 26 at 10 a.m. General admission season tickets are only $50, with NM State faculty and staff season tickets priced at just $25.

The Aggies are set to play 14 matches against WAC opponents. Additionally, NM State will host the WAC Tournament on Nov. 17-20. This will mark the first time NM State has hosted the tournament since 2007.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named 2015-16 Joe Kearney Award Winner

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State volleyball player Gwen Murphy is the 2015-16 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winner. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

The 2015 WAC Player of the Year, Murphy was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American, just the seventh player in NM State history to earn the honor. She was also named AVCA first team All-Region, first team All-WAC, was the MVP of the 2015 WAC Tournament and was a three-time WAC Player of the Week. Murphy finished the season ranked 10th nationally with a .421 hitting percentage, the third-highest single-season mark in WAC history.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 New Mexico State Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce the three distinguished former student-athletes selected as this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 includes baseball All-American Billy Becher, and volleyball All-Americans Stevi Adams Maytubby and Kim Oguh Nield.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Feb. 20 men’s basketball game when the Aggies close their home schedule against Seattle U at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Eighteen Aggies Earn All-WAC Academic Fall Sport Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2015 academic all-WAC men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball teams have been announced for the fall. A total of 258 student-athletes including 18 New Mexico State student-athletes representing men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball, were named to the list for the fall. To be eligible, 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. The following is a list of the Aggies' fall sport honorees:

Men's Cross Country
Ricardo De Santiago, Jr.
Brett Finton, So.
Stephen Wallace, Jr.

Women's Cross Country
Cristina Amberg, So.
Sofia Bali, So.
Jacqueline DuBois, So.
Mikayla Pulliam, So.
Sydney Salas, So.

Women's Soccer
Gabrielle Campbell, Jr.
Mikaela Haley, Sr.
Micaela Milavec, So.
Alexis Rienks, So.

Volleyball
Nathalie Castellanos, Sr.
Taylor Livoti, Sr.
Bradley Nash, Sr.
Kaylee Neal, So.
Andrea Tauai, Sr.
Kassandra Tohm, So.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LEXINGTON, KY – NM State senior Gwen Murphy has been named a 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American. This marks the first year all Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee, as previously players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn't make one of the three teams.

The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Murphy averaged 3.29 kills on .421 hitting, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 digs per set. A three-time WAC Player of the Week during the season, she was named AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy also broke the WAC record for hitting percentage in a match when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a .933 hitting percentage against Robert Morris. The previous record was .889.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; South Region: Karen Weatherington, UNC Charlotte; East Region: Alma Kovaci, Army; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Ryan Baker, Colgate; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, Colorado; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Jill Kramer, TCU.

Gwen Murphy Named To AVCA All-Midwest Region Team

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LEXINGTON, KY - NM State senior Gwen Murphy has been named to the 2015 All-Midwest Region team, announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Murphy averaged 3.29 kills on .421 hitting, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 digs per set. A three-time WAC Player of the Week during the season, she was named AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy also broke the WAC record for hitting percentage in a match when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a .933 hitting percentage against Robert Morris. The previous record was .889.

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

Aggie Volleyball To Face No. 8 National Seed Stanford In NCAA Tournament

The New Mexico State volleyball team learned their destination in the 2015 NCAA Vollyeball Tournament on Sunday night as the 64-team field was unveiled on ESPNU. The Aggies were placed in the San Diego Regional and will face No. 8 national seed Stanford at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., home of the Cardinal, on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. MT.

The Cardinal (22-6) finished in 2nd place in the Pac 12 behind regular season co-champions USC and Washington, the No. 1 and No. 5 national seeds respectively.

The Aggies and Cardinal have met three times with Stanford holding a 3-0 advantage with the last meeting coming in 2008, a 3-0 sweep by Stanford.

The two teams had three common opponents during the 2015 season -- Texas A&M (the No. 10 national seed), Arizona and Arizona State, all three of whom are in the championship field. The Aggies took both the Texas Aggies and Sun Devils to five sets before falling 3-2 and dropped a four-setter at Arizona. Stanford swept Texas A&M in their season opener, swept the two conference meetings with Arizona (W 3-2, W 3-1) while splitting their two conference meetings with Arizona State (L 3-1, W 3-0).

The Cardinal are hitting .277 as a team while holding opponents to a .207 hitting percentage. The Cardinal average 1.1 service aces per set and average 2.8 blocks per set which is Top 20 in the nation.

Stanford is led offensively by freshman outside hitter Hayley Hodson who is averaging 3.85 kills per set and is hitting .261 for the season. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz and senior outside hitter Brittany Howard are averaging 3.18 and 3.06 kills per set while hitting .386 and .305 respectively.

The Aggies' strong non-conference schedule should help prepare them for this first round matchup with seven of the Aggies' opponents making the 64-team field. Texas (L 3-1) earned the No. 2 national seed, Texas A&M (L 3-2) the No. 10 national seed while Arizona (L 3-1), Arizona State (L 3-2), Denver (W 3-2), Wichita State (W 3-2) and Robert Morris (W 3-0) all making the field.

The Aggies will be looking for their second NCAA Tournament victory having last won in 2008 when they defeated St. Mary's (CA) 3-1 before falling to Cal 3-1. The Aggies' match is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. MT and will follow the first matchup of the pod which will see Colorado State (26-3) face off against Loyola Marymount (22-8).

Tickets for the first and second rounds will be available online at www.GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.  Continue Reading This Post >>