Since last we met, the Aggies have been visited by Nevada, Hawaii La Tech and UNM. Out of all of those matches, I have to say that the UNM match was the one that has left me scratching my head. First off, it was the Dig Pink game and thanks to everyone who donned the pink and came out. It was a great atmosphere in the Pan Am when the Lobos came to town. (I'm still trying to figure out what in the world that big plastic thing that they brought with them. Had someone been selling sharp pointy objects that night, he would have made a killing.)
Coach Nelson is in his 3rd year in Lobo-land and, as much as I hate to admit it, he's brought that program a very long way. They came to win and win they did...much to the disappointment of a pretty shocked crowd. When I started following volleyball, UNM and UTEP were the '3 and done' matches. Not anymore. I'm not going to go back and look at the stats but suffice to say, we left the Pan Am wondering just what had happened.
Last weekend, the Aggies winged their way to paradise for their re-match with Hawaii. This would be an interesting match to say the least. Had Louisiana Tech been able to get to the islands the previous Thursday, that game would have been Coach Shoji's 1,000th win. But, obviously, that didn't happen. I was unable to listen/watch the match, thanks to my wonderful internet provider but from the accounts I've gotten from friends who were at the match, we were really on it in the 2nd and 3rd sets. With Hawaii now ranked #3 in the nation, I was really hoping that we'd either pull out a miracle or make them work seriously hard to get their win..and we made them work but, unfortunately they had our number.
Other accounts that I've gotten have really given Coach Jordan and the staff major kudos. After the game, the team had gone to the locker room. With Coach Shoji's 1,000 win of course there would be a post game celebration. Coach Jordan sent someone to the locker room and the team came back out. "Nothing but pure class as far as I'm concerned" is what I've been told repeatedly. My hat is off. I know it had to be hard sitting there watching the celebrations but to stay and watch was absolutely classy.
So what's coming up? We've got a big match this Thursday. Fresno State will be in town and the match will be shown in ESPNU. Make sure you write this down - the game doesn't start until 9pm.
Remember that - 9pm game start. For you Sideout Club members, the Side out gathering will be BEFORE the match with the Tailgaters. Coach Mike will do his Chalk Talk around 7:30pm.
Saturday is Homecoming and the match starts at 1pm vs. San Jose State. After this weekend, we only have 2 more home matches before the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. Please come and join in the fun - you'll be glad ya did!!