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).
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