HONOLULU, HI - The New Mexico State volleyball team placed five players on the all-Western Athletic Conference team while head coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the year as the WAC office announced the 2008 all-WAC teams, Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Seniors Amber Simpson (Quincy, Ill.), Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, N.M.,) and Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) join junior Krista Altermatt on the first team, while freshman Jennah DeVries (Denver, Colo.) earned a spot on the all-freshman team. Head coach Mike Jordan says this proves that his team and his support staff have worked hard all season and continue to do so.
"I'm really proud of them and they have all worked hard so they are very deserving," Jordan said. "They represent NMSU and our conference very well," Jordan said.
This was the third time during the four years NMSU has been in the WAC coach Jordan has earned the Coach of the Year award after winning it in 2005 and 2006. Jordan has led his team to a 21-7 overall record and 15-1 conference record, while all losses have come at the hands of teams in the top 25 AVCA poll or teams that have been receiving votes all season long.
"I am honored to receive especially because there are so many great coaches in the WAC," Jordan said.
Yon earned her third WAC honor of the year as she was named WAC Player of the Week twice this season. This is the second first team all-WAC honor for Yon in as many years, averaging 3.86 kills per set in 2008, which is third best in the WAC. She also has 26 service aces and tallies 2.47 digs per set.
After earning WAC Player of the Week honors last week, Torres earned her third all-WAC honor in her four years of playing under Jordan. She was named second team all-WAC in 2006 and first team in 2007. Torres has been consistent leading the WAC in digs all season with 4.60
Simpson earned her third consecutive first team all-WAC honor of her career after hitting.326 heading into the conference tournament. She has also posted 244 kills while also breaking the all-time total blocks record at NMSU. Simpson is averaging 2.57 kills per set on the offensive side of the net, while posting a league best 1.37 blocks per set this year.
A second team all-WAC selection during her sophomore season, Altermatt stepped up her play to become a first team selection in 2008. Altermatt averages 2.46 kills per set and is second on the team in digs averaging 2.79 per set. She is also tied for the most service aces on the team with 26.
DeVries is one of two setters in the 6-2 offense the Aggies run, was named to the all-freshman team putting up 457 assists and averaging 1.70 digs per set. She is also tied for team high in service aces with 26 this season.
The Aggies face the winner of No. 9 seed Louisiana Tech and No. 8 seed Fresno State in the quarterfinals, Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The match will be aired on the radio at KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-by action. The match is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. (MDT).