Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/25/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/25/16 The team picked up a couple of wins last week, a five set win over Utah Valley and then a sweep of Seattle.
Mike Jordan: To go on the road against two quality teams and get wins is great. Again, two different matches. A high error match with Utah Valley and then our outside hitters did a much better job against Seattle in making attack choices and we located it a little bit better and really did a good job defensively and at the service line in both matches. I saw a lot of really good things and any time you get two wins on the road to pad your lead a little bit down the stretch is great. Tatyana Battle had an outstanding night against Utah Valley with 26 kills and she was really dominant in that fourth set and even though you didn’t win that set she had nine kills and three more in the fifth and carried that over against Seattle. What did you see from her this past weekend?
MJ: She started the Utah Valley match and she made some pretty bad errors and then she got better quickly and that’s key. She didn’t struggle for long. I think after about the middle of the second set she was getting it going pretty good. Obviously we’d like to see somebody play well the whole match but I think the sign of really good players is that they make mistakes sporadically and not in bunches. I was happy to see her bounce back maybe a little quicker than she has sometimes. She made a lot of key plays for us and not just attacking it but at the service line and she made some good digs. She’s an improving player and her upside is pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NMSU Football Week Eight Press Conference

NMSU Women's Golf Finishes Wraps Up Play At Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOULDER CITY, NV - The Aggies completed the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after a final round of 292 (+4) which placed them in 17th. Team play was highlighted by shooting 112 holes for par and 25 birdies through 36 holes.

Pun Chanachai led the team through both rounds as she fired 72-70--140 (-2) and finished in a tie for 28th. Kristen Cline fired a 73 in both rounds to bring her total score to 146 (+2) which tied for 59th place.

Camille Orito matched Cline with a score of 73 in round two, a personal best, and she had a tournament score of 148 (+4) to tie for 70th. Chanachai, Cline and Orito accounted for 20 of NM State's 25 birdies.

Angela Xu competed in her first team event as an Aggie and carded a 77-76—153 (+9), as she tied for 95th. Rounding out the Aggies, Kennedie Montoya put up 78-76—154 (+10) which put her in a tie for 99th.  Continue Reading This Post >>

MacKinna Hauff Named WAC Diver Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s MacKinna Hauff has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Diver of the week for Oct. 24-30.

Hauff, a sophomore from Edmonton, Canada, won both events in NM State’s meet against CSU Pueblo. She scored a 284.80 in the 3-meter and a 286.0 in the 1-meter. Her score on the 1-meter is a new personal best, beating her previous best of 274.65.

Ariadnne Sierra Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior libero Ariadnne Sierra has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17-23. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The El Paso, Texas, native set two career highs and averaged 6.12 digs, 1.12 service aces and 1.12 assists per set as the Aggies picked up a pair of key road wins last week to remain the only unbeaten team in WAC play. Sierra opened the week with a career-high 31 digs in a five-set win over Utah Valley. She also added five assists and three service aces. In a sweep of Seattle U on Saturday, she finished with 18 digs, a career-high six service aces and four assists to give the Aggies their 23rd consecutive WAC victory and a three-match lead in the WAC standings. Sierra, who entered the week averaging 4.54 digs and 0.29 service aces per set, now ranks third in the WAC in both digs (4.68) and service aces (0.36) per set.

NMSU Women's Golf In 18th After First Round Of Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOULDER CITY, NV - Freshman Pun Chanachai leads the Aggies and is tied for 36th place heading into the second round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. As a team, the Aggies are in 18th, with 53 holes for par and 13 birdies, through 18 holes.

Chanchai shot even, 72, in the first round. Right behind, Kristen Cline scored a 73 (+1) and is tied for 48th. After the first round, the pair contributed seven birdies for the Aggies as Chanachai shot four and Cline had three of her own.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls 5-2 At Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The NM State women’s soccer team heads home for its final match of the regular-season after wrapping up its road trip on Sunday with a 5-2 loss to CSU Bakersfield at the Main Soccer Field.

The ‘Runners came after the NM State (4-12-2, 1-3-2 WAC) defense out of the gates, firing four shots at the goal before Sophie Freeman was able to find the back of the net to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Senior Gabby Campbell looked to equalize the match at the 5:05 mark when she put her laces on ball towards the goal, but CSUB’s (8-9-1, 4-2-0 WAC) Jen Padilla was able to get a hand on it to keep the Aggies down 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State (19-5, 9-0 WAC) was absolutely dominant in a 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 sweep of Seattle U (11-11, 4-5 WAC) on Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ first sweep of the Redhawks in the 10-match all-time series, which NM State leads 9-1.

“I like our efficiency on offense, we made better attack choices,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “It is tough to beat us when our outside hitters do their job out of system. I am pretty happy with the effort on defense. To get a win against a good team, who just got a big win themselves, says a lot about our improvement, and I’m pretty happy with the results.”

Two Aggies put up double digit kills in the win. Sophomore Tatyana Battle paced the squad with 13 kills and eight digs. Junior Jordan Abalos put up 16 kills and six digs. Junior libero Ariadnne Sierra racked up a career high six service aces to go along with her 18 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls To Georgia Southern 22-19

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State football team saw its lead heading into the fourth quarter slip away as the Aggies dropped a heart-breaking 22-19 decision to Georgia Southern on Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium for its Tough Enough to Wear Pink game.

“I’m heartbroken for our kids,” Aggie head coach Doug Martin said. “They played as hard as they could possibly play, on both sides. They played with a lot of passion and a lot of love for each other. They competed right down to the end, which is what you have to do.”

After a Georgia Southern opened with a field goal, Jaden Wright gave NM State its second-straight pick in the end zone on Saturday when he jumped in front of a Kevin Ellison pass, his third of the season. A 16-yard reception by Tyrian Taylor on the fourth play of the drive saw NM State get to their 41-yard line, but couldn’t convert and gave it back to the Eagles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/21/16 :: A By The Numbers Look At The New Mexico State vs. Georgia Southern Matchup

The Georgia Southern Eagles come into Las Cruces at 3-3, 2-1 in Sun Belt play. They’re averaging 30.3 points per game while holding their opponents to just 23.5 points per game. While Georgia Southern is trying to pass the ball more this season than in the past, they’re still primarily a running team with just over 75 percent of their play calls resulting in a run compared to 84 percent of their play calls last year being runs. The Eagles are averaging around 266 yards per game on the ground, nearly a 100 yards fewer than last season. However, Georgia Southern is averaging just over 155 yards per game through the air which is nearly 100 yards per game more than they were last year. Defensively the Eagles are allowing just 364 yards per game, 153 on the ground and 211 through the air.

A couple of numbers really stick out with Georgia Southern. First, they’re converting 50 percent of their third down situations which leads the Sun Belt. Second, they’ve converted 87.5 percent of their red zone trips into points (21 of 24) and lest you think that it’s just good fortune, they converted 87.5 percent of their red zone trips last season and just a shade over 88 percent of their trips in 2014.

Let’s take a closer look at Georgia Southern in our weekly deep dive. It’s not going to be too complicated to figure out what Georgia Southern is going to do based on our above observation of their play calling. On first down the Eagles will run the ball the majority of the time. They’ve run the ball 165 times on first down while gaining 843 yards, an average of 5.11 yards per carry. When they have decided to pass the ball on first down, they’ve only completed 18-of-37 passes (48.6 percent) for 174 yards, an average of 9.67 yards per completion.

As we mentioned, the Eagles are highly efficient on third down converting right at 50 percent. As one would expect, Georgia Southern is deadly on third and short (1 to 3 yards to gain) converting 20 of their 25 third and short situations with 19 of those conversions coming on the ground. When it’s third and short, expect the Eagles to run the ball and if you get a stop, consider it a huge win for the defense.

On third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards to gain) it’s a little dicier for the Eagles. They’ve faced that situation 24 times but converted just nine times, five times on the ground and four times through the air. They’ve run the ball 13 times while throwing it 11 times (completing five of those passes).

On third and long (7+ yards to gain) the Eagles have attempted to pick it up on the ground 21 times but have come away with just three first downs. They’ve had a bit more success through the air attempting 22 passes and converting 11 of the third and long situations. If the Aggies can get Georgia Southern into third and long situations, they should be able to get off the field more often than not.

Defensively on first down teams have tried to run the ball on the Eagles 65 percent of the time (111 attempts). Their defense is allowing 4.51 yards per carry on first down while allowing opponents to complete 35-of-61 pass attempts for an average of 16.8 yards per completion.

On third down, teams have not had as much success against the Eagles converting just 31 percent of the time (22-of-69) and it’s even worse if you’re a Sun Belt team. The Eagles have held Sun Belt foes to just a 24.3 percent conversion rate (9-of-37) in three games.

On third and short (1 to 3 yards to gain), teams have attempted 13 runs, they’ve picked up seven first downs. Surprisingly nobody has attempted to throw on Georgia Southern on third and short.

Third and intermediate (4 to 6 yards) is absolute death if you’re an opponent. Teams have tried to run the ball 12 times and have done so for -25 yards and have only picked up one first down. You’re not much better off throwing the ball either as teams have thrown on third and intermediate nine times completing five passes but picking up just four first downs. It would appear that the Eagles send extra defenders on third and intermediate based on the rushing numbers, although they’ve only recorded seven sacks on the season.

On third and long (7+ yards to gain) teams have basically avoided running against Georgia Southern. Just four rush attempts and no first down pickups. Teams have throws the ball 31 times completing 15 pass attempts while picking up just seven first downs, six of those first downs coming on third and between 7 and 9 yards to gain.

One final note. As bad as the Aggie defense has been they’ve not given up a run of more than 30 yards in conference play and just one of 20+ yards, although against Georgia Southern’s defense that will be tested. Georgia Southern on the other hand has given up six runs of 20+ yards and one each of 30+, 40+ and 50+ yards. There is the possibility that Larry Rose III could break a long run, something he has yet to do since his return to the Aggies.

The bottom line for today’s game, the Aggie offense is going to have to do some work. They’re going to have to sustain drives, try to stay out of third down situations when possible and try to get some explosion plays. For as good as Georgia Southern’s defense has been this season, they have been susceptible to giving up the big play. In Sun Belt play they’ve given up 14 pass completions of 20+ yards, seven completions of 30+ yards, two completions of 40+ yards, two completions of 50+ yards and one pass completion of 60+ yards. Compare that with the Aggies who have given up 12 completions of 20+ yards, six of 30+ yards, four of 40 plus yards, three of 50+ yards, two of 60+ yards and one of 70+ yards. The big difference is that the Aggies have given up a few more of the longer pass plays than has Georgia Southern. We know the defense will give up points, the question is, can the offense keep up?