NM State Athletics Looks to Continue Success It Had In The Fall

Written By: Kyle Purcell, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University Athletics thrived in both competition and the classroom during the 2010 fall semester with awards won, good grades and records broken.

Women's Golf was quite possibly the most successful in both areas. It posted the highest grade point average among all athletic teams with a 3.59 team GPA. Along with its high GPA, the women's golf team also won the 2010 Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M. to close the fall season. Freshman Demi Mak led the way for the Aggies as she finished second on the individual leaderboard. Men's Golf was also very good on the course this past semester. Senior Ross Prachar won the Cactus Thaw in Silver Cityn N.M. and junior Joon Lee earned WAC player of the month for October.

"We are all proud of the accomplishments our student-athletes have achieved,"NM State President, Dr. Barbara Couture said. "With the men's basketball team improving in academics and the women's golf team having the highest GPA of all teams, it shows that our student-athletes are making progress on the academic side as well as in their athletic endeavors. The student-athletes are also learning time management techniques and other skills that will prepare them for life after graduation."

The Aggie football program received seven Preseason All-WAC selections headlined by senior cornerback Davon House. At the end of season both House and kick returner Taveon Rogers were selected as first team All-WAC and second team All-WAC respectively.

House has also been selected to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is a chance for college football players to showcase their skills for NFL scouts joining other seniors from across the country.

Volleyball, which had an impressive 12-4 record against WAC teams, received four All-WAC selections at the end of the season. Senior outside Hitter Kayliegh Giddens, middle hitter Kelsey Brennan, and junior setter Jennah DeVries were first team All-WAC while senior outside hitter Whitney Woods was given second team honors.

Giddens became the single season leader in kills with 542. She was also named to COBRA magazine's first team All-National Team.

Also, Giddens and DeVries were both named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association all region teams. DerVires also earned honorable mention for the AVCA All-American team for the second consecutive year.

Courtney Schultz of the cross-country team received many individual honors this past season. She received the WAC individual cross-country title, women's WAC Athlete of the Year, and also first team All-WAC for the second year in a row.

"Both cross country teams finished in the top three at the WAC Championship and I feel they have laid a solid foundation for the future," NM State Athletic Director Dr. McKinley Boston said.

Sophomore forward Crystal Burns of the women's soccer team was awarder second team All-WAC. It was the third All-WAC selection in Aggie soccer history.

The NM State Athletics department is quite busy with spring season well underway as both the men's and women's basketball teams are in the middle of league play, while swimming and diving has just one more meet before the WAC Championships. Women's track and field has started their indoor track season, while men's and women's tennis have also started their spring season. Men's and women's golf, along with baseball and softball start their seasons in February.