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The Daily Aggie :: 10/31/09 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 10/31/09

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Trick or Treat? Let's hope Saturday brings more treats than tricks for the Aggies.

The Aggie men's and women's cross country teams are in Reno, Nev. for the 2009 WAC Cross Country Championship Meet. The Aggie women were picked to win the meet by the league's coaches. The men's team was picked to finish fifth but the Aggie coaching staff has their sights set on a Top 4 or even Top 3 finish.

We asked assistant coach Paul Harkins if the teams were going to change any of their preparation heading into the conference championships and other than dropping down the mileage just a little bit he said there would not be too many big changes to their routine. "We've tried to make sure they're a little bit more calm. The clock never lies. It's just a matter of running as fast as you can and beating your competitors to the line." He added, "The ladies are confident especially after that win at Santa Clara. They know what they're capable of. They're confident. If they run with the confidence that they ran with at the Bronco meet they will hopefully come out on top."

The men's 8K will start at 10:00 a.m. PT and the women's 5K race will start at 10:45 a.m.

Vanessa NovellaThe Aggie soccer team lost a heartbreaker last night on Senior Night. Aggie goal keeper Katie Graul and defender Cristianna Smith played in their final home match. The Aggies played well but couldn't quite come out with the victory. The Aggies have now played in four consecutive overtime matches with three of the four reaching double-overtime. The Aggies are 4-2-1 in league play and with 13 points they are tied with Utah State, their final regular season opponent, for second place in the league. A win by the Aggies would give them the No. 2 seed and an automatic bye into the WAC semifinals. Coach Needham talked with us last night about the possibilities of earning that first round bye. "I think there are benefits both ways. If you get a bye through the first round a lot of times you're not as sharp on Friday. At the same time if you get a bye you only have to play two to win the conference tournament whereas the other way you could potentially play three games in four days which is pretty challenging."

Should the Aggies and Aggies tie there is the possibility that they could both be surpassed in the standing by Boise State and Nevada if both of those teams were to be victorious on Sunday. Boise State and Nevada sit at 12 points each with the potential to reach 15 points. We're not 100% sure that being the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th seed means much as all six tournament qualifiers have proven the ability to beat any of the other teams on any given night.

Jeff FlemingThe Aggie football team might need to break out some tricks today against Ohio State as they visit Ohio Stadium. The Aggies are ranked 120th out of 120 teams in offensive production and face a daunting task of facing an angry BCS club. The chances of Ohio State sleepwalking through this game are slim as OSU head coach Jim Tressel stated in the press this week that the Buckeyes were planning to come out with both barrels firing.

The Aggie defense has been pretty solid this season, however, they have been prone to giving up big yards on the ground which could mean a big day for dual threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Aggie offense will really need to control time of possession if they want to keep this one close. Seth Smith has been a workhorse for the Aggies all season long and it will be interesting to see what he can do against a top flight defense.

Today's game is scheduled to start at 10:00 p.m. MT. Fans can see the game on the Big Ten Network and can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network while streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team will also be looking for some treats tonight as they face Utah State in a battle of the Aggies. New Mexico State is coming off a tough loss at Idaho on Thursday night. The Aggies had a tough night at the service line on Thursday registering 15 service errors to just three service aces.

The Aggies will need to be better than that from the service line if they hope to stay in a tie for second place with Idaho. Utah State went five sets against the Vandals two weeks ago and are 13-11 on the season, 4-7 in WAC play but 6-2 at home. Utah State is hitting .208 on the season and is led by sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur with 369 kills on the season. McArthur is hitting .186 this season and is averaging 3.84 kills per set. Sophomore opposite hitter Emily Kortsen is averaging 2.14 kills per set and is hitting .232. Leading the way for Utah State in hitting percentage is middle blocker Katie Astle. Astle is hitting .308 on the season and is averaging 1.51 kills per set. The Aggies averaging 1.14 service aces per set. Defensively Utah State is led by libero Christine Morrill who is averaging 4.55 digs per set. Utah State is averaging 2.38 blocks per set and is led in that category by Shantell Durrant who is averaging 1.18 blocks per set.

For New Mexico State they are led by outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens followed by Whitney Woods and Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies as we mentioned before will need to serve tough at the service line and limit their hitting errors. The Aggies dominated the kills category against Idaho on Thursday night earning 18 more kills than the Vandals but they committed 13 more errors than the Vandals did and that combined with the 15 service errors led to the loss.

Tonight's match is scheduled for first serve at 7:00 p.m. MT. There is no radio coverage for tonight's match however, there will be Live Stats available.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
The Associated Press previews today's game.

Cincinnati.com writes that the Buckeyes aren't looking past the Aggies today.

Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch talks about the duo the Aggies will need to protect the quarterbacks from.

The Columbus Dispatch has several stories at their Gameday+ page.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Jeff Fleming will get the start at quarterback for the Aggies.

Teddy Feinberg talks about the Aggie defense getting ready to face Terrelle Pryor.

Aggie Volleyball
Sammy Hislop of the Logan Herald Journal previews the battle of the Aggies.

The Utah State athletic website previews today's match.

Aggie Soccer
The Nevada athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss to the Wolf Pack.

Aggie Men's Basketball Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs about Bandja Sy.

Rush The Court takes a look at the impact players in the southwest.

Aggie Swimming and Diving
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' meet against Northern Colorado.

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