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Aggie Volleyball Signs Four

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2015 season on Thursday, including two players from the state of New Mexico.

Tatyana Battle, Briana Ainsworth, Bryn Popovich and Megan Hart have all signed on to begin playing for Jordan and the Aggies beginning next season.

“It’s an athletic class filled with a lot of size, which is something we need,” Jordan said. “They all come from winning backgrounds and they’re all great young women, we’re excited to have them all.”

Battle just finished her volleyball career at Cibola High School in Albuquerque by leading the Cougars to the 6A state championship. The 6-0 outside hitter led her team to a straight-set win in the championship match over No. 1 Rio Rancho after posting a match-high 21 kills.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four Aggies Earn All-WAC Volleyball Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team picked up four individual conference awards on Wednesday as the Western Athletic Conference announced its All-WAC and All-Freshman teams along with the WAC Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year.

Aggie juniors Gwen Murphy and Nathalie Castellanos picked up All-WAC second team honors while middle blocker Sasha-Lee Thomas and outside hitter Jordan Abalos were placed on the WAC All-Freshman team.

“Well deserved congratulations to all four players,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “They’ve all worked hard and are deserving of their honors. We’re very proud of them and their work ethic.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Picked To Win League; Three Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

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 2014. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Utah Valley junior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received six of the first-place votes with Seattle U earning the other two. The Aggies earned 48 total points, followed by Seattle U with 43. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 35 points, followed by Missouri-Kansas City in fourth with 27 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 26 and Grand Canyon in sixth with 22 points. Texas-Pan American and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 16 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2014 Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan recently released the 2014 Aggie volleyball schedule that includes four teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.

The Aggies start the season with the annual alumni game on August 23 before opening the regular season on the road at a tournament hosted by Utah, Aug. 29-30. NM State faces Missouri State, Montana State and Utah during the two days of play. The Aggies then return home to host the NM State Tournament, which brings North Dakota State, Radford, Grambling and California to the Pan American Center.

Radford is a 2013 NCAA Tournament participant and Cal is at the top of the PAC-12 standings year-in and year-out.

“We’re looking forward to playing some great competition this fall,” said Jordan. “We’ll get tested immediately and we’ll have to play really well in order to get a lot of wins in the non-conference schedule.”

The 2014 non-conference schedule continues with the 2014 NM State/UTEP Tournament, Sept. 12-13. The Aggies will take on Colorado State, a 2013 top-25 team and NCAA Tournament competitor, on Sept. 12 before facing BYU, another 2013 top-25 team and NCAA Tournament participant, Saturday, Sept. 13.

After one more tournament on the road hosted by New Hampshire, which includes Brown University and Rhode Island, on Sept. 19-20, the Aggies open up the 2014 Western Athletic Conference season at home against Grand Canyon, Sept. 25, before facing Bakersfield Sept. 27. NM State plays its first league road match at Utah Valley, Oct. 2 and then heads to Seattle, Wash., Oct. 4 to face Seattle U.

NM State returns for a three-match home slate taking on Texas-Pan American, Oct. 11, Kansas City, Oct. 16 and Chicago State, Oct. 18. The Aggies then head north to face in-state rival New Mexico in a non-conference match, Oct. 20 before returning to WAC action.

The Aggies are on the road against Bakersfield, Oct. 23 and head over to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon for the second time on Oct. 25. NM State then hosts Seattle U, Oct. 30 and Utah Valley, Nov. 11, before wrapping up the season with three road matches; Texas-Pan American, Nov. 8, Chicago State, Nov. 13, and Kansas City, Nov. 15.

The 2014 WAC Tournament is hosted by Bakersfield and will be played in Bakersfield, Calif., Nov. 21-23. NM State faces UTEP in a single match after the WAC Tournament, Nov. 28 in El Paso, Texas.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Adds JUCO Transfer To 2014 Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan recently announced that Andy Tauai as signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball and attend school at NM State starting in August.

Tauai a 5-10 outside hitter who is originally from Tauranga, New Zealand, joins the Aggies after playing at Hillsborough Community College. She was a first team Junior College All-American last year after hitting .372 for HCC as an outside hitter.

“Andy is a tremendous volleyball player and she has a lot to offer,” said Coach Jordan. “She’s a very good back row player and has a great arm. She loves to compete and we know she’ll have a great impact on our team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

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.