Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced Wednesday, March 19 that former Georgia Tech middle hitter Erin Burmingham will transfer to play and attended school at New Mexico State University next fall.

Birmingham, a 6-1 middle hitter out of Riverside, Missouri, played in 44 games for the Yellow Jackets in 2007 and came up with 45 kills and 34 total blocks at the middle hitter position. Head coach Mike Jordan knows she will fit well in the NMSU volleyball program with her athleticism.

"We're excited to bring her in because she is such a gifted athlete and a fantastic person," Jordan said. "She is exceptionally quick laterally and is a big jump."

Birmingham made 24 match appearances and played in 69 total games in 2006 as a freshman. In her first collegiate match against Mississippi (9/6/06) she hit .500 with seven kills while she recorded four block assists. Against Sam Houston State (9/16/06) she posted a career-high four service aces while she threw down six kills, before she put up a season high nine total blocks against Florida State (9/29/06).

"She could be one of the better closing middles we've had and with the quickness she has, she will fit well into our transition game," Jordan said. "She'll be a great teammate to the rest of the players on the team, and she has a great personality. She is the kind of person we want in our program."

In high school, Birmingham helped lead her team to back-to-back state championship semifinal appearances in Missouri, where she was the team captain at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City. While she played volleyball there she was named Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005.

Not only was Birmingham an athlete, but she also graduated No. 1 in her class with a 4.00 GPA and was part of the National Honor Society. Other honors for her include being named to the VolleyBall Magazine "Fab 50" in 2005, Prepvolleyball.com Top 100 Senior Aces in 2005, along with being named a Prepvolleyball.com All-American in 2004 and 2005. Birmingham earned 12 letters in four sports and set 11 school records in four sports. She made the all-state team in volleyball, the 300 meter hurdles (2004), the 4 x 400 relay (2005), the high jump (2004, 2005, 2006) and diving (2003).

Birmingham will make the move from the ACC, where she tallied 48 kills in conference play, to the Western Athletic Conference, where she will help the Aggies in the fall of 2008.