Aggies Release 2010 Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced 2010 schedule, Wednesday, June 2, which features matches against nine teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, including two matches with a Final Four team.

The Aggies will once again face Hawai'i in league play after the Wahine made it to the final four last season, while also facing powerhouses such as Arizona and Florida State.

"We are excited about the schedule. It's loaded with really good teams once again and we're looking forward to the challenge," Jordan said. "All three of the tournaments we are in this year are tough and we'll be on the road a little more than usual but it'll hopefully toughen us up and make it worthwhile when it comes to selection time for the NCAA Tournament."

The Aggies would love for fans to be a part of all the action when playing in the Pan American Center as NM State ranked in the top-20 once again in attendance last year and will not disappoint fans when playing at home this year.

"We've been in the top 20 nationally in home attendance and we're hoping to continue that growth," Jordan said. "We're looking forward to the big crowds in the Pan American Center and a fun environment at each and every home match."

After the Annual Alumni Match on August 21, NM State opens its regular season at the Florida State Tournament, August 27-28, taking on Florida International, Florida State and Florida A&M, all teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Florida State came to Las Cruces last season defeating the Aggies in the Hotel Encanto Invitational. FIU had a great season in 2009 finishing the regular season with a 31-3 record.

After the Florida State Tournament, NM State opens its home schedule hosting CSU-Bakersfield, September 1, before I-10 Rival UTEP takes on the Aggies September 3. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m. (MT). The Aggies will then take on UTEP, September 7 in El Paso, before heading out to Baton Rouge, La. for the Louisiana State University Tournament. The Aggies will challenge Rice on September 10, then take on North Carolina and LSU, September 10. Rice and LSU both made the NCAA Tournament last season, while it was the Tiger's are fresh off a SEC title. The Aggies took on LSU in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

NM State then takes on the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Sept. 14 in a rematch after the Lobos broke the Aggie winning-streak of 10 matches, which dated back to 2003. After the in-state battle with the Lobos, NM State will be traveling to Tucson, Ariz. for the University of Arizona Tournament, Sept. 17-18. The Aggies confront Pepperdine and Texas State, Sept. 17 then take on host team Arizona, Sept. 18. Texas State and U. of A are both 2009 NCAA Tournament participants, while Texas State fell to national runner-up Texas in round one.

"We are especially looking forward to the match-up with Arizona home and away," Jordan said. "I think it's something we're going to try to do every year with them."

The Aggies take on the Wildcats again October 3, taking a break from Western Athletic Conference play, which starts, September 23 when NM State travels to Ruston, La. The Lady Techsters head to the Pan American Center, September 25 before defending WAC Champion Hawai'i comes to Las Cruces for a much anticipated match between the top-two teams in the league.

"We return a lot of starters and if we're healthy, we've got a chance to be as good as we were in 2008 when we tied with Hawai'i for the WAC title," Jordan said. "We played a lot of younger players in tournaments this spring and we think that experience will pay off as well."

NM State travels to San Jose State and Fresno State October 7-9 before returning home to host Boise State, Idaho and Nevada October 14-17. The Aggies then return to the road facing Nevada, October 21 in Reno, Nev., then taking on Utah State in Logan, Utah, October 23. The Aggies then go into the Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i on Halloween night where they will face the Wahine in front of a crowd that is usually over 8,000 strong.

The Aggies host SJSU and Fresno State in the Pan Am Center, November 4-6 before traveling to Idaho to deal with the University of Idaho and Boise State November 11-13. The final match of the season will be Senior Night, when the Aggies host Utah State, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. (MT); although, there is a possibility of NM State adding a match on Thanksgiving Day.