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Aggie Volleyball Signs Three In Early Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head volleyball coach Mike Jordan recently announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play volleyball at New Mexico State University next fall.

Jordan Abalos, of Safford, Ariz., Kassandra Tohm, from Toronto, Ontario, and Ashlyn Brown, from Fort Meyers, Fla., will be a part of the defending Western Athletic Conference championship team in the fall of 2014.

“This is another great group of athletes that have the potential to make an immediate impact on our team,” said head coach Mike Jordan.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Aggie Volleyball To Face Arizona In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

On Sunday night the New Mexico State volleyball team learned their first round opponent for the NCAA Tournament. The WAC's regular season and tournament champions will head to San Diego to face regional rival Arizona (20-12) from the Pac-12 on Friday, December 6, 2013 with the match time set for 5:00 p.m. (MT).

With a 22-10 record overall, the Aggies will be making their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and the seventh overall in program history. The Aggies have one prior win in the NCAA tournament, a 3-1 victory over St. Mary's (CA) in 2008. The Wildcats are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

The two teams have faced each on thirteen occasions with Arizona winning all thirteen matchups with the latest coming in the 2010 season, a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 26-24) sweep by Arizona.

The winner of the match will face the winner of the No. 9 seed San Diego/UC- Santa Barbara match. The Aggies faced UCSB earlier this season in Berkeley, Calif. at the Cal Molten Classic. The Aggies lost the match in five sets, 25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 13-15.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Desiree Scott Named WAC Player Of The Year, Jordan Named Coach Of The Year; Scott And Murphy Named First Team All-WAC

Written By: WAC Media Relations

PHOENIX, AZ - The 2013 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s nine head coaches, were announced today. New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Player of the Year, while Seattle U’s Iris Ivanis was named Freshman of the Year. New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Six of the nine schools were represented on the teams, led by Bakersfield and Utah Valley with two players each on the first team and one apiece on the second team. Top-seeded New Mexico State had two players on the first team.

Scott earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the conference in WAC matches in blocks (1.38), third in hitting percentage (.401), fifth in points (3.69) and ninth in kills (2.78). She hit .300 or better in 11 of 16 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Scott ranks 40th nationally in blocks per set (1.29).

Ivanis earned Freshman of the Year honors after ranking third in the league in WAC play in kills (3.53), fourth in points (3.96) and ninth in service aces (0.27). She also averaged 2.06 digs per set in WAC play, had 10 or more kills in 11 of the 13 WAC matches in which she played and had four double-doubles in WAC play.

Jordan led his team to its second WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 league record and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the third time in his career he’s earned the honor (2006, 2008, 2013).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Desiree Scott Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 11-17. This is her second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of her career.

The Tucson, Ariz., native led the Aggies to a win over rival UTEP with a rare kills-blocks double-double, the first double-double of her career. Scott posted 11 kills and 11 blocks, including seven solo, in New Mexico State’s four-set win over UTEP. For the week, Scott averaged WAC bests of 5.00 points and 2.75 blocks to go along with 2.75 kills on .348 hitting.

Inspiring A Culture

09/23/2013: NMSU volleyball coach Mike Jordan, volleyball player Bradley Nash, American Indian Program director Justin McHorse, AIP staff member Michael Ray, and members of the NMSU American Indian student population pose for a group photograph at the Pan Am Center. (NMSU Photo)
09/23/2013: NMSU volleyball coach Mike Jordan, volleyball player Bradley Nash, American Indian Program director Justin McHorse, AIP staff member Michael Ray, and members of the NMSU American Indian student population pose for a group photograph at the Pan Am Center. (NMSU Photo)

By Gabby Munoz, For NM State Athletic Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Bradley Nash, of the New Mexico State Volleyball team, was honored at a banquet, Monday, Sept. 24, by the American Indian program and the Indian Resource Development program.

Originally from Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, Nash was recognized for her hard work and the positive aspect she brings to the American Indian community.

“It’s nice to see someone from the community doing well and starting for a collegiate team,” American Indian Program director Justin McHorse said. “The excitement of knowing that there is a representative playing at this level is something to be proud of.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Tops Preseason Coaches Poll; Loerch And Scott Named Preseason All-WAC

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2013. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Idaho junior middle blocker Alyssa Schultz was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received seven of the first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 62 total points, followed by Idaho with 58. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 44 points, followed by Seattle U in fourth with 39 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 38 and Kansas City in sixth with 35 points. Texas-Pan American, Grand Canyon and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 21, 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Idaho placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with three, while Bakersfield, New Mexico State and Utah Valley had two apiece. Joining Schultz on the preseason team are teammates Katelyn Peterson and Taylor Wilkinson, Bakersfield’s Debora Araujo and Fernanda Gonçalves, New Mexico State’s Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Utah Valley’s Brookelyn Hall and Lauren Stringham, Emma Hagedorn of Kansas City, Mackenzie Phelps of Grand Canyon, and Martina Samadan of Seattle U.

The 2013 season begins the weekend of Aug. 30 with all nine teams in action. The 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Grand Canyon, will be held Nov. 25-27, at GCU Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., and will include the top six eligible teams in the regular-season standings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jordan Adds Ben Wallis As Assistant Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he has added Ben Wallis to his staff as an assistant coach starting immediately.

Wallis returns to NM State after coaching at the University of New Mexico for the past two years. His primary responsibilities with the Aggies include scouting, defensive games plans while also assisting with recruiting, camps and on-court coaching.

“We’re excited that Ben is an Aggie again,” Jordan said. “He’ll help a great deal on the court, do a lot of the video work and help a great deal with recruiting as well.”

Wallis, who is now in his second stint with NM State, brings more than a decade of coaching experience with him to the program. He was an assistant under Jordan from 2006-08.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Announces 2013 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the 2013 volleyball schedule that features 16 home matches, a home tournament and a trip to Honolulu. The 2013 season starts with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 before the regular season starts, Aug. 30 at a tournament hosted by California.

The 16 matches at home are the second most ever played in Las Cruces, but is the highest number of matches played in the Pan American Center. There were 17 home matches in 2006, although the majority of those matches were played in the Las Cruces High School Gym.

NM State warm up for the season with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 in the Pan Am Center then immediately heads out on the road playing in two different tournaments. Two of the six teams the Aggies play in those two weeks finished in the top 15 nationally in 2012 according to the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Meredith Hays Earns AVCA West Regional Honorable Mention

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - New Mexico State sophomore Meredith Hays has earned honorable mention honors on the 2012 All-West Region team that was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Tuesday, Dec. 4. She is one of three WAC volleyball players to be selected to the team.

The outside hitter and native of Hereford, Texas joins Utah State's Shay Sorenson as an honorable mention honoree, while UTSA's McKenzie Adams was selected to the team.

Hays, the reigning West Region Freshman of the Year, was named MVP of the WAC Tournament after leading the fourth-seeded Aggies to the title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She ranked third in the WAC in kills (3.92) and points (4.48) and fifth in service aces (0.28) per set. A first team All-WAC selection, she was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.