The Daily Aggie :: 10/22/07

The Aggies are headed for Hawai'i this week. Both the football team and the 18th (and probably higher after the polls are released today) volleyball team face off against Hawai'i this weekend as part of Homecoming for Hawai'i. The volleyball team plays Hawai'i on Friday night. For the girls it's a chance to get some payback for the match in Las Cruces in which the Aggies had something like six match points in the deciding game five only to come up short and lose the match. It's also a chance for the Aggies to finally notch a win on the islands. They've been close two of the past three seasons taking Hawai'i to five games in 2004 and 2005 and then losing in four games last season. The Aggies narrowly avoided the trap against Nevada, winning in five games after leading the match 2-0 and being up 27-21 in game three. Then on Saturday they showed no signs of looking ahead as they dominated San Jose State, winning in a sweep.

The football team will participate in their third homecoming game in as many weeks. Two weeks ago they were in Ruston for Louisiana Tech's homecoming, last weekend was our homecoming and this week it's Hawaii's homecoming. We have no idea how often that's happened but we're guessing it's not very often.

The Aggies will face Hawai'i shorthanded once again, this time they'll be without standout wide receiver Chris Williams who according to reports, has a fractured collarbone. This is obviously a huge blow to the Aggie offense but given the fact that they've been playing with key players injured the past several games, it should help with the adjustment. The Aggies still have several big-time receivers in A.J. Harris, Derek Dubois and Nick Cleaver and Kenneth Buckley stepped up his game against Idaho filling in for Chris.

In related news, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team got beat by the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers yesterday. If you're one of those fans who believes in judging teams based on common opponents, the results fair well for the Aggies. Hawai'i lost in a sweep, as did the Aggies, however the Rainbow Wahine lost 30-22, 30-16, 30-24. When the Aggies played the Huskers, they lost 30-17, 30-25, 30-22. Based on the scores, the Aggie volleyball team did slightly better against Nebraska than did Hawai'i. The Aggies also played Nebraska much earlier in the season which worked against NMSU because they had several new players for Coach Jordan to integrate into the system. Does it mean the Aggies will defeat Hawai'i on Friday night? We'll see.

Before we get into today's links, be sure to check out our new 2007/2008 Aggie Women's Basketball Schedule Desktop Wallpaper as well as the pictures from Saturday's volleyball match against San Jose State and the pictures from the football game against Idaho.

Also, don't forget to stop by and vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Voting closes next Monday, let's see if we can tally 2500 votes for Chase before Monday.

On to today's links...

Jason Staley of the Albuquerque Tribune writes on his blog that the 2007 season has not been kind to Albuquerque area football players injury-wise. Chris Williams is the latest former ABQ high school player to find his name on the infirmary list.

Ann Miller of the Honolulu Advertiser recaps last night's match between Friday's opponent Hawai'i and top-ranked Nebraska.

Steve Takabi of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin also recaps last night's match

Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser writes that the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl is holding off giving homestanding Hawai'i an invite to see if they make a BCS bowl.

The Associated Press reports that despite being idle, the Hawai'i Warrior football team moved up to 17th place in the latest BCS standings released on Sunday.

Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser writes that Hawaii's struggles with San Jose State are still fresh in the voters minds and Hawai'i needs to make an example of NMSU.

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