Jordan Bostic's Aggie Volleyball Diary :: September 1st, 2006

Jordan Bostic is a member of the 2006 NMSU Aggies Volleyball team. Jordan led the team in both digs (463) and digs per game (4.72) and was named second team All-WAC. Jordan is currently a junior majoring in Journalism/Mass Communication and she'll be filing entries in the Aggie Volleyball Diary throughout the 2006 season, giving fans a taste of life on the volleyball team.

Tonight is our first home match at our home-away-from home, Las Cruces High. We’re taking on Florida A&M in two matches this weekend.

Everyone on the team is feeling good coming off a 4-0 start last weekend at the UTEP tournament. I was really proud of my teammates- they played great! Last year, we had problems with five game matches, but we were able to win one against Texas Tech this past weekend, which was a great confidence builder. We had veteran players step up in key situations and make plays. It bodes really well for the nail-biters that are sure to come this season.

Coach gave us a Sunday off to rest our bodies and scheduled only the freshmen players who didn’t see much playing time in the tournament to come in for some work on Monday. However, there were 12 of us there ready to get some extra work in, which was, I’m sure, a pleasant surprise to the coaches.

After analyzing the game film of the first tournament of the season, Coach decided our defense wasn’t up to par.

“We’re going to dig more balls this week than any other team has, ever. As a matter of fact, I’m going to call Guinness tonight and see just how many we need to dig to get the world record,” Coach Jordan said.

Well, he wasn’t lying. We flew around that gym for hours this week, having balls pounded straight down and running down deflections off the block. Every defensive scenario you could think of, we went through it. I certainly have some beautiful bruises, and I know from our daily show and tell that my teammates do, as well!

Anyway, our opponent tonight, Florida A&M, is a unique team that plays a different style than we do, according to the film. They are predominantly foreign, and their players implement different shots and serves we aren’t accustomed to seeing. It should make for an interesting set of matches from that perspective. We will need to adjust quickly on both offense and defense.

We know that they are a really good team. They usually win their conference and make it to the NCAA tournament every year. Last year, they upset perennial volleyball power Long Beach State in the first round.

We are all excited to play in front of our awesome fans at home ( Las Cruces High). I want to give a shout out, though, to all of our fans that traveled down to UTEP last weekend to cheer us on. You guys were absolutely amazing. To be in the home gym of a major rival and see crimson shirts outnumbering orange shirts at least five to one, that’s pretty special. We know you guys are the best fans around!