Written By: Janessa Maxilom, NMSU Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Like pieces of a puzzle junior middle hitters Erin Birmingham and Erin Lynn have transferred to New Mexico State University to better fit their needs, and by doing so they have added their talent and abilities to our Aggies.
NMSU is proud to welcome Birmingham and Lynn to the Aggies volleyball team this season. The two talented young ladies eagerly transferred to NMSU to play for a program they both consider to be ideal.
Birmingham hails from Riverside, Mo., and attended Park Hill South High School. She was named the 2005 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and was also a finalist for the 2005 Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
"I love volleyball. I like the challenges and its fast pace." Birmingham said. "I like the experiences such as traveling and competing for my school."
Birmingham explained that she talked with Head Coach Mike Jordan before she transferring to NMSU and liked everything she heard about the program. Birmingham also mentioned she had a good visit to Las Cruces and it seemed like the perfect fit.
"Las Cruces is smaller while my other school was in a big city," Birmingham said. "The other was a tech school, so the student body was a little different and things were technology based, where as NMSU has a broad spectrum and more diversity which I find interesting and fits me better."
Birmingham said that she has thought about her future in volleyball and wouldn't mind playing overseas professionally.
"If the opportunity came up I'd be really excited. But if it doesn't I will definitely be okay with moving on," she said.
During Birmingham's rookie season at Georgia Tech, she made 24 game appearances playing in 69 total sets. In 2007, she played in 16 games for a total of 44 sets and posted a season-high six kills against North Carolina State.
The second puzzle piece, Lynn, a native of Carlsbad, N.M. attended Carlsbad High School where she lettered four years while playing as both middle blocker and setter.
Lynn was an all-state selection for both positions and was named district player of the year as a senior.
"To me volleyball is one of the most addicting sports you can play." Lynn said. "I have been playing it since high school, and it runs in the family. It's something I can play and be aggressive and competitive in. I love it."
Lynn also said that she felt Tennessee Tech wasn't the right fit and wanted to come back to her home state.
"I called up coach [Jordan] to see if I could be part of the team and he said yes,"
Lynn said. "I definitely like the program. I like how competitive it is and how good it has been doing. I also love playing for coach Jordan."
Lynn is no stranger to the Aggie volleyball staff because she played on a club team for associate head coach Ashlee Hardee as a senior in high school.
"I loved it, and I loved playing for coach Hardee," Lynn said. "I know my old school was not going to get me anywhere with volleyball like I wanted it to."
Lynn discussed how the WAC is definitely much more competitive and that the volleyball program at NMSU has an amazing support system versus her prior school.
As a freshman, Lynn played in 106 games for the Golden Eagles, compiling
253 kills with an average of 2.39 per game. In 2007, she competed in 117 games at Tennessee Tech and recorded 224 kill for an average of 1.91 kills per game.
Lynn also recorded a season and career-high .517 attack percentage with eight kills on 14 attempts against Morehead State.
Jordan said he knew that besides being solid athletes they are also really good people.
"Both really love playing and competing," he said. "They have been great teammates, and very positive individuals. They are great to have as part of our program.
"I think the returning players took to them right away. They fit in really well. They are great, they make us better, it's been nothing but positive."
The pieces have fallen together and NMSU is glad that these two outstanding student-athletes are Aggies.