Aggie Volleyball Signs Three For 2011 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced that three recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play at New Mexico State University.

Meredith Hays of Hereford, Texas, Jocelyn Leichner of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Bradley Nash of Kayenta, Ariz. have all signed with the Aggies to play next fall. All three are listed as outside hitters but are versatile enough to play other positions. Head coach Mike Jordan and his staff are excited to see what these three players can do for the program when they arrive to NM State.

"To say we're excited about this recruiting class is a huge understatement," Jordan said. "They're all great athletes and even better people."

Hays is a 5-11 outside hitter from Hereford High School. She led her team to a state championship in 2008 as they posted a 43-2 record that year. Winning four varsity letters, Hays was named the 3-4A Newcomer of the Year in 2007, the Amarillo Globe News honorable mention team in 2008, and to the 4A All-State Texas Girls Association Team in 2009. She was also the Seminole Tournament Most Valuable Player that season.

"Meredith (Hays) jumps well, has a powerful arm swing and the athletic ability to be a great all around player," Jordan said. "She's competitive and a great teammate. She s fun to watch."

She also earned the Hereford High School Casey Smith Award, while earned the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Player of the Month this past October. She was on the Canyon/Randall all-tournament team the Byron-Nelson all-tournament team and the Seminole all-tournament team this past season. Mays is an Under Armor All-American nominee this year and could add more awards to her belt. She also works hard in the classroom as she has been in the top 5% of her class for academics from 2007-10 and was in the top 10 of her class in 2010.

Leichner is a 6-0 outside hitter from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Desert Mountain is the same school current Aggie libero Kelsi Phillips attended. Leichner led her team to consecutive state runner-up finishes as her team went 20-6 in 2009 and 26-9 in 2010.

"Jocelyn can really hit with power," Jordan said. "She hits a heavy ball and she reminds me a lot of Stevi Adams. She needs to polish her ball control skills but she can score and could play the left or right."

Leichner was the 2009 Northeast Valley Player of the Year, the 2009 Desert Valley Region MVP and named to the 2009 City of Scottsdale all-city team, while earning four varsity letters.

Nash will join the Aggies after graduating from Monument Valley High School. Not only is she athletic, but she is in the top 10 of her class academically and is the National Honor Society Co-President at her school.

She has played volleyball under Lucinda Nash from 2008-10. Nash led her team to a 40-8 record in 2010 and led the way to four state championships. She is a two-time 3A North Player of the Year, while being named to the Arizona Republic all-state team and a four-time all-conference selection. Nash wrapped up her career with a 159-4-3 record in high school.

"Bradley's a winner. She comes from a great volleyball family and has the skills you'd expect from someone who's played her whole life," Jordan said. "She jumps well, she's got a great arm and great court sense. I'd be surprised if she's not a four-year starter for us."

The Aggies are wrapping up the 2010 season with the final regular-season match, Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. The match will be televised by Aggie Vision and can be seen live on Comcast throughout the state of New Mexico.