bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 10/21/14

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Idaho game?
Doug Martin: Defensively we made progress again. We caused two turnovers again so we still continue to do that, we lead the conference in takeaways which is really positive. The two best things I saw about us defensively, we only gave up nine points in the second half and the touchdown we gave up was after a turnover and they got the ball on the 15 yard line. That’s not bad for your defense being in those situations. The other play I thought we grew up a lot on was the drive Idaho had, it was a 16 play drive that went all the way to the one yard line, 4th and 1 and we stopped them. That was a big character check to me. Most defenses would have rolled over and let them score at that point and our kids fought through it and they gave us a chance to win the football.

Offensively it’s still the same problem. We’re running the ball well and Larry Rose looked great but our quarterback position, Andrew had two turnovers and Tyler had two turnovers, that’s really can sum up our whole season to this point. We’ve just got to find a way to get these guys to take care of the ball.

bc.net: The two turnovers that Andrew had, one was an interception and one was a fumble on the sack. As far as the sacks, you’ve only given up five sacks this season but three of the sacks have resulted in fumbles. What do you feel like is the cause of that?
DM: Well that’s a tough situation that the quarterbacks are in. I really wouldn’t those on the quarterbacks as much as the tackles that gave up the sacks because when you get hit like that you don’t see it coming and the ball is going to be on the ground occasionally. Those were just really three bad plays by our tackles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Swept By Rival Lobos

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team lost in straight sets to state rival New Mexico on Thursday, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20, inside the Johnson Center on the UNM campus.

A couple of days after hitting at their highest percentage all season versus Chicago State (.398), the Aggies (11-8) were held to their second-lowest percentage of the season after finishing with a .058 hitting percentage. The Lobos (12-9), meanwhile, finished with a .227 percentage.

For the one of the few times all season, NM State was also outblocked in a match after UNM won the blocking game 10.5 to nine.

Freshman Jordan Abalos led the Aggie attack with seven kills while setters Taylor Livoti and Ashlyn Brown both finished with double-digit assists for the second-straight match, Livoti with 17 and Brown with 10.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls To Vandals 29-17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MOSCOW, ID - The New Mexico State football team fell 29-17 to Idaho in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Kibbie Dome, falling to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Vandals picked up their first win of the year and are now 1-6 and 1-4 in SBC play.

Once again turnovers play a role in the outcome of the game for the Aggies with NM State throwing three interceptions and losing one fumble. Freshman quarterback Andrew Allen got his first career start and ended the game going 6-of-11 passing for 88 yards and one interception. Tyler Rogers, who made an appearance late in the game, recorded 3-of-5 passing for 12 yards and two interceptions.

The Vandals recorded two turnovers to the Aggies four. More importantly, Idaho scored 16 points off turnovers, missing a two point conversion on one score. The Aggies scored three points off the Vandal interception.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Equestrian Edges Fresno State 10-8

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State equestrian team edged Fresno State 10-8 Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies improve to 2-2 on the season.

NM State dominated the reining portion of the meet. Hailey Newkirk, Brynn Larson, Marissa Bartmann and Jaimie Story helped lead the Aggies to a 4-1 win. Newkirk and Larson each scored a 70.5 to lead the Aggies.

The Aggies narrowly dodged the Bulldogs in equitation over fences portion of the meet, winning 3-2.

Remington Wilkie, Cori Cromwell and Elizabeth Solomon each picked up wins. Solomon scored a meet-high 84.

The MOP for the equitation on the flat was Solomon and the MOP for the reining was Bartmann.

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State volleyball team got its third home sweep of a Western Athletic Conference opponent this season after defeating Chicago State, 25-13, 25-19, 25-15, on Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies pick up their 11th win of the season (11-7) and move to 5-2 in WAC play. The Cougars remain winless in conference play at 0-7 and fall to 6-15 overall.

As has been the case all season, defense was once again served for NM State. The Aggies held Chicago State to a .034 hitting percentage, the fifth time this season the conference leader in the category has held an opponent under a .100 hitting percentage. NM State, meanwhile, hit at a season-high .398 hitting percentage. The Aggies also outblocked the Cougars 7-3.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls To Seattle 6-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior forward Jennae Cambra scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season, however, the Aggie soccer team couldn’t overcome Seattle U’s fast start and dropped a 6-1 decision Friday afternoon.

“For the first five minutes we came out and went toe-to-toe with them,” NM State assistant coach Niki Brooks said. “Seattle U is a great team and they have great chemistry. I think the girls learned a lot from this game and we just need to continue to work hard and get ready for our next opponent.”

The Redhawks feature one of the top goal-scorers in the Western Athletic Conference in Stephanie Verdoia. The senior made her presence known early.

Verdoia opened up the scoring at 6:42 in the first half and less than a minute later Natasha Howe drilled a shot from 20 yards out to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Drops Five Set Match Against UMKC

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team jumped ahead early against Western Athletic Conference leader Missouri-Kansas City but could not hold a two-set lead, eventually losing to the ‘Roos in a five-set thriller, 17-25, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-13, on Thursday night inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies, who lost their first WAC match at home in 12 matches, a streak that dates back to 2012, fall to 4-2 in WAC play and 10-7 overall while UMKC remains perfect at 5-0 in the WAC and improve to 17-3 overall with its 13th-consecutive win of the season.

Junior Bradley Nash led the NM State attack with a match-high 15 kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Fellow juniors Gwen Murphy and Nathalie Castellanos also had double-digit kills as each finished with 10 kills.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Add Former Kentucky Star Mike Brown To Baseball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green recently announced that former Kentucky standout and assistant coach Mike Brown has been hired as the newest member of the NM State coaching staff.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the Aggie baseball family,” Green said. “I had the pleasure of working alongside Mike while he was at Kentucky and I immediately knew that he would be a great fit with the Aggies. Mike has an infectious personality, a passion for the game and improving student-athletes. His energy, enthusiasm and ability to connect with our players will be a crucial part of the development of our program.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joel Mangrum Hired As New NM State Pitching Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University baseball head coach Brian Green recently announced that Joel Mangrum is the new pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Aggies and has already started working with the team.

Mangrum’s pitching experience and expertise could finally elevate the NM State pitching staff to their full potential, building on lasts year’s success. The Aggies lost most of their starting pitchers from 2014, and will be with a lot of new faces to start the 2015 season. NM State is looking to build on their young talent and capitalize on last year’s performances under Mangrum.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/15/14

bleedCrimson.net: You had the one match last week, you were able to get a sweep over UT Pan American. They played you tough in the first set which I’m sure you probably expected. What did you see from your team in the bounce back win?
Mike Jordan: We’re physically better than UTPA so we thought if we played clean, minimized the errors, we’d win. I think we did that from an offensive standpoint. Where we made too many errors was in the blocking. They run a slower slide tempo and we were early. We had trouble on the timing of it. They kept catching us on the way down. We’re just used to playing a faster tempo slide and so we had trouble adjusting. Give them credit. They did a good job but our timing on the block, we never did really adjust at all. We were early pretty much the whole match. They got some kills that you wouldn’t expect them to get normally. I just expected us to block more balls. At the same time, we sided out fairly efficiently and the quality of dig was decent. We served it okay. There were positives.

bc.net: You got a lot of playing time for Ari Sierra in the match. What did you think about her play?
MJ: We wanted to give Hannah a little rest. Hannah throws her body around every day and she’s starting to get a little beat up and we felt like it was a match where we could win without her and that also Ari does a lot of good things and as a freshman we want to get a little bit more playing time. We think she’s a candidate to be our libero next year so we want to get her as much experience as possible. She’s got a great motor, she plays super hard. She’s very quick, she sees the floor very well and she does a lot of good things for a freshman. She did a solid job.  Continue Reading This Post >>