Brynja Rodgers is a setter for the 2008 NMSU Aggies volleyball team. Brynja finished second on the team in both assists (612) and assists per game (6.06) in 2007. Brynja will be a sophomore this fall and is majoring in Bio-Chemistry and she'll be filing entries in the Aggie Volleyball Diary throughout the 2008 season giving fans a taste of life on the volleyball team.
This past Friday and Saturday (April 11th and 12th) we played at the Texas Tornadoes Training Facility College Spring Tournament. This tournament was jam packed with amazing teams, some top ranked volleyball teams along with some up and coming in the rankings. The University of Southern California, Texas, UTEP, University of New Orleans, Southern Methodist University, Texas State, Wichita State University and the defending national championship team Penn State were just a few of the teams on the tournament team list. At this tournament we played and conquered Oklahoma, Tulane, Arkansas, Baylor and last year's Elite Eight qualifier, the Texas Longhorns.
The girls had a lot of fun finally getting to play again after a long spring of practicing. Whitney Woods had one of the best weekends of everyone on the team! Nearly every ball she hit was a kill and everyone's outside hitters had problems getting past her what seems to be a ten-foot block.
Amber Simpson's veteran experience really shined through as well. Hitting almost 1.000 (same as a batting average in baseball - AMAZING), not even the tall blockers of Texas could stop Simpson.
Krystal Torres stepped up to the plate this weekend without a doubt! Our young team is having a tough time replacing the much-needed leadership of last year's seniors Bri Akrie and Jordan Bostic but Torres is finding herself in that role and fitting into it nicely. She keeps us accountable for our mistakes, helps to pull us through the tough times and is always enthusiastic when good plays are made.
The weekend was a great success for us and we all had a great deal of fun playing other wonderful teams with good competition. We will continue to tune up all our weapons on the team for the remainder of spring practice in preparation for this upcoming fall. GO AGGIES!