NMSU Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late In 75-56 Win Over Rival UNM

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - “I’ve seen it in his face that he (Jans) really wanted this game and we really wanted the game for him,” senior guard Zach Lofton commented. “We like him a lot and to get this win for him, it’s lovely man.”

That was the sentiment by both Lofton and sophomore Sidy N’Dir in the postgame presser Friday night after the New Mexico State men’s basketball team pounded Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 75-56 in the Pan American Center.

Lofton and N’Dir led the way in former Aggie head coach Paul Weir’s return with 28 points and 14 points, respectively. The graduate transfer poured in 23 of his 28 points in a dominant second-half performance where he was 7-of-11 from the field – including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball To Bakersfield Falls In WAC Tournament Semifinals

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EDINBURG, TX - The top-seeded New Mexico State volleyball team was defeated by No.4 seeded CSU Bakersfield in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals at the UTRGV Fieldhouse on Friday. The Aggies fell to the Roadrunners 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 17-25 ending their run in the WAC Tournament.

“First off, I have to give credit to CSU Bakersfield. They served the ball exceptionally well. We did a terrible job at serving and passing the ball in stretches and it really cost us. Our blocking was very poor as well,” head coach Michael Jordan said. “We hit for a decent percentage but our opponents hit way too high of a percentage. We just couldn’t overcome our mistakes.”

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Kaylee Neal Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

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LAS CRUCES, N.M - New Mexico State volleyball senior Kaylee Neal was named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-District VII honors on Thursday. This is the first time she has received the award.

Neal becomes the first Aggie since Kelsey Brennan to earn all-district honors (2010) and the first player since Jordan Bostic (2006-07) to earn first-team accolades. The senior libero currently boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average in accounting and is just the fourth Aggie to earn first-team all-district honors and eighth NM State player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District recognitions.

The Gilbert, Ariz., product started in 9-of-28 matches this season playing primarily as a defensive specialist. Neal has tallied 10 service aces this season while registering 147 digs. The senior also posted nine assists during the regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tohm Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Year, Sierra Named Libero Of The Year, Jordan Named Coach Of The Year

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EDINBURG, TX - The Western Athletic Conference announced the volleyball postseason awards as voted on by the leagues head coaches on Wednesday night. Five Aggie players received accolades including Kassandra Tohm, who received the prized Player of the Year award and Ariadnne Sierra, who earned her second-straight Libero of the Year honor. Head Coach Mike Jordan was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

“We are very proud of everyone and what they’ve accomplished this season,” Jordan said. “They’ve worked hard at improving and are very deserving of their award.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Atkinson Notches First Career Coaching Victory As NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UT Permian Basin

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball hosted UT Permian Basin in the team’s second game of the 2017-18 season at the Pan American Center on Tuesday night. After going on a 16-0 run early in the first quarter, the team kept its foot on the gas to cruise to an 85-58 victory over the Falcons.

The Aggies grabbed their first win of the season and first of head coach Brooke Atkinson’s career. After the big win Atkinson said, “I’m just happy we won. The kids played well and executed our game plan tonight. I’m pleased with what they did overall.”

After UTPB (0-3) opened the contest with the first basket of the night, NM State (1-1) proceeded to take over and go on a 16-0 run to lead the Falcons 16-3 at the 4:22 mark of the opening quarter. This run led the team to a 28-11 lead after 10 minutes of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/14/17

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bleedCrimson.net: Picked up a couple of wins last week and were able to win the regular season title. In the win at Grand Canyon you picked up your first five set win of the season. What were your thoughts about that win?
Mike Jordan: We were a little Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We really made some silly mistakes. Grand Canyon was pretty consistent throughout, dug a lot of balls, extended a lot of rallies and I thought served it pretty well. It's tough to win on the road. Teams play so much better at home in this league than they do on the road. We were inconsistent but we found ways in the end to make it happen. I was really disappointed in the fourth set. We had 20 kills in the set and lost. That's hard to do. I don't know that that's ever happened in my time here. We had five more kills than they did but we netted twice, we got called for two ball handling errors, just all these unforced errors came out of nowhere. We didn't serve it very efficiently. That fourth set was really the one where I was shaking my head when I was looking at the numbers at the end of it. I felt like it was a set we maybe should have dominated but fortunately we played well in the fifth, other than missing a couple of serves a little past the midway point. I think we missed back-to-back. That was frustrating but we were able to finish them off in the end.

bc.net: You had 10 kills and only one attack error in the fifth set. Fifth sets that you've played this year, you've had leads or been close in all of them and not been able to close out down the stretch of those sets. What was different in this one?
MJ: You're right, I was a little nervous about it and like I mentioned the serving, we had a lead and then we go back and miss a couple of serves and I really felt like, uh oh, here we go again. We've got to manage this game and not start making errors and fortunately I don't know that we made an error past that point, maybe just one. I was pretty happy with how efficient we were and we scored consistently in a couple of spots and that was a big deal.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At No. 21/22 St. Mary's 92-74

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MORAGA, CA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team kept within striking distance of No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s Monday night at the McKeon Pavilion, but just couldn’t keep up with the Gaels in the second half and fell 92-74.

“In the second half, we just kind of wore out a little bit,” Jans said. “To beat Saint Mary’s, with as well coached as they are and as well schooled as they are, you are going to have to play really, really good. We felt good about it going into the game. We felt like we had a chance. They were just too much in the end.”

New Mexico State (1-1) got the jitters all out of its system last Friday, as it exchanged blow-for-blow with No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s (2-0) the entire first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls In Season Opener To Western Michigan

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosted Western Michigan in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at the Pan American Center. In a game full of runs and momentum swings the Aggies fell behind in the fourth quarter and dropped the season opening contest, 64-55.

Following the loss head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on the team’s opener saying, “I challenge the team to form an identity defensively and I think we did that really well tonight, but we just didn’t have a great shooting night and a few consecutive possessions put us behind.”

The game began with little scoring from either side which kept the game close in the opening 10 minutes. The Aggies saw six players contribute to the scoring and the team trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Bracket Set

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 16-18 at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas.

NM State is the top seed after winning its third straight WAC regular-season title. The Aggies are led by Kassandra Tohm, who leads the conference in WAC matches in kills per set (3.98) and points per set (4.20), and Tatyana Battle, who ranks seventh in the WAC in kills per set (3.40) and fifth in points per set (3.95). Libero Ariadnne Sierra ranks third in WAC matches with 5.08 digs per set.

Host UT Rio Grande Valley is the No. 2 seed after earning a sweep at Grand Canyon on Saturday. Junior Ragni Steen Knudsen leads the Vaqueros with 3.68 kills per set in WAC matches, while Bojana Mitrovic had a WAC-best 10 double-doubles in league play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield To Close Out WAC Regular Season

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State volleyball swept CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies took down CSUB 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 to close out the regular season.

"Other than the bad start in the third set, we managed the game pretty well. I wasn't really happy with the ball control. We need to pass and set it better than we did today," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We worked hard and served it really well in stretches, that was a real positive. I'd obviously like to see better balance from us. At the end of the day, I'm proud of this group for going on the run we are on and being WAC Champions this season."

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