The Daily Aggie :: 10/17/10

The Aggie volleyball rallied from an 0-2 deficit against Idaho for a 3-2 victory to improve to 6-1 in WAC play. In a weekend that sees the Aggies play three matches in four nights, back-to-back five set matches were probably not what the Aggies were hoping for but what's most important is that the Aggies keep winning.

For the second straight match the Aggies had a set with a 100 percent sideout percentage. The Aggies sided out nine out of nine times in the deciding fifth set and if you recall, the Aggies sided out 12-of-12 times in the third set against Boise State Thursday night. The Aggies also sided out 81 percent (13-of-16) in the fourth set against Idaho. The Aggies committed just two errors in the final two sets last night while forcing the Vandals into 25 attack errors in the final three sets after the Vandals had just two in the first two sets. The Aggies also had 11 total team blocks in the final three sets after recording just one in the first two sets.

The Aggies wrap up "hell weekend" tonight as they host Nevada, the third place team in the league. The Wolf Pack are 4-2 in conference play. If the Aggies can get a victory tonight, it will give them a little breathing room between them and the rest of the league as the Aggies try to track down Hawai'i who remains unbeaten in the WAC. A loss would drop the Aggies into a tie with Nevada for second so this is a huge opportunity for the Aggies.

The Wolf Pack are led by outside hitter Kylie Harrington who is averaging 3.32 kills per set this season. Middle blocker Lindsay Baldwin is averaging 2.49 kills per set for the Pack and is hitting .280.

The Wolf Pack are also averaging 2.06 blocks per set as a team but don't have any players averaging over one block per set.

Tonight's match will be televised on AggieVision and streaming video will be available via ESPN3.com. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve.

The Aggie football team lost 33-10 last night in Fresno but despite the loss there were a few positives from the game. For the second straight week the Aggies recovered a fumble on special teams. The Aggie ground game duo of Seth Smith and Kenny Turner had their best game of the season combining for 170 yards on 26 carries with Smith rushing for 91 and Turner rushing for 79. Both backs had excellent yards per run averages and Smith averaged 8.3 yards per rush and Turner averaged 5.3 yards per rush and broke a 19-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Freshman quarterback Andrew Manley got the start but only lasted four series geting sacked twice and fumbling twice (losing one). He gave way to Matt Christian who returned from his shoulder injury.

The Aggie defense gave up three big runs and a big pass play in the first half which resulted in the Aggies' 30-3 halftime deficit but the Aggie defense played well in the second half and held Fresno State to just three points. The Aggies turned in their best 3rd down defense against a good offense as the Bulldogs were just 3-of-12 on third downs.

The Aggies will head to Moscow this Saturday to face a struggling Idaho Vandal squad. Idaho lost to Louisiana Tech 48-35 yesterday in Ruston to fall to 3-3 and 0-1 in league play.

The Aggie soccer team returns to the pitch today to take on San Jose State. The Aggies are looking to notch back-to-back wins after defeating Fresno State on Friday night. San Jose State has scored 25 goals on the season but has also given up 21 goals. The Spartans have scored 15 goals in the second half but have also allowed 15 goals in the second half including four against the Lady Techsters this past Friday.

Kelsey Lord leads the Spartans with seven goals and five assists. Kayla Santacruz has scored four goals and also has five assists while Katie Knopp and Jessica Ingram each have three goals while Knopp has added three assists.

The kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m MT and streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required)

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
The Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's loss to Fresno State.

The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

Daniel Lyght of the Fresno Bee recaps the loss.

Bryant-Jon Anteola talks about the Fresno State offensive struggles in the second half.

Matt James of the Fresno Bee talks about the bottom of the WAC.

Aggie Volleyball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' comeback.

The Idaho athletic website recaps the Aggies' comeback.

Ann Miller of the Honolulu Star Advertiser talks about the middle of the WAC.

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