Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After another successful season for the New Mexico State volleyball team, the Aggies were ranked No. 21 in the final AVCA/CSTV poll.
NMSU, who finished 26-6 and made it to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time in five years, was nationally ranked for 13 straight weeks since entering the poll, Sept. 17, 2007.
"This was another great season for our team and for our program as a whole," head coach Mike Jordan said. "With all that our program has accomplished I feel that we are headed in the direction we all want to go. I am proud of our team, our staff and our administration."
The Aggies hosted the Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament for the first time ever and made it to the WAC Championship for the second consecutive season. They fell to Hawai’i 3-2 in front of more than 4,000 great Aggie fans to place second in the WAC behind Hawai’i who has won the WAC 12 consecutive seasons. Juniors Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS), Amber Simpson (Quincy, Ill.) and senior Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS) were all named to the 2007 WAC All-Tournament team.
NMSU also placed six players on all-WAC teams in 2007. Oguh, Torres, Simpson and junior Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) all earned first team all-WAC honors, while sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) earned second team honors and freshman Brynja Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa) earned all-freshman honors.
Along with the all-WAC honors, two Aggies earned Player of the Week honors this season. Yon was named WAC Player of the Week by the WAC office on Monday, Aug. 27 for her play in the NAU Invitational. Yon led the Aggies to a first-place finish at the Hilton Garden Inn NAU Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. where she had a team leading 44 kills in three matches. For her play there, she was named tournament MVP for the first time in her collegiate career. Yon led the team in kills with 14 in the championship match against Northern Arizona, a game that the Aggies won 3-0. She also had a team high for the two-day tournament 18 kills in match two against UC Davis. In the three games she played, Yon finished with a .310 hitting percentage.
The WAC office named sophomore outside hitter Krista Altermatt of the New Mexico State volleyball team WAC Player of the week on Monday, September 17 for her great play during the week of September 10-16. Altermatt had a career night against Fresno State to help the Aggies to a sweep in a conference opener. She returned to her home state and dominated, setting new career highs for herself in kills with 21 and hitting percentage finishing the night with a .594 hitting percentage. Game one saw Altermatt come out swinging as she batted down nine kills and hit .750 on twelve attacks. Altermatt continued her stellar conference play against Nevada on Saturday, Sept.15, with 16 kills and 13 digs for her third double-double of the year. The sophomore ended the week hitting .397 with 43 kills and 30 digs. She averaged 4.78 kills per game that week.
One of the biggest honors this season was when Oguh earned all-American honors to the third straight year. Oguh was named AVCA all-American honorable mention, Dec. 12, 2007. This was the third straight year Oguh earned all-American honors and is the first Aggie to earn that honor three consecutive seasons. She earned first-team all-region honors the week before, along with junior Amber Simpson who was named to the honorable mention all-region team.
A few players placed their names in the Aggie record books this season as well. Yon, who finished with 435 kills, is now ninth for kills in a season and sixth for kills per game as she averaged 3.95 kills a game. Torres put her name in the record books for the second straight year after she recorded 590 digs, which is second most for digs in a season. She owns the record for digs in a season with 615 in 2006. With 1,408 digs in her career so far, Torres is now third for digs in a career for the Aggies.
Oguh was the other Aggie to put her name in the records as she concluded her career with 463 total blocks to put her in second for total blocks in a career. She finished with 414 block assists which puts placed is now the record for block assists in a career.
Senior Jordan Bostic also moved up in the records as she ended her career with 1,204 digs to put her in fifth for digs in a career. Bostic also achieved a lot off the court, however. She earned third team Academic All-American honors and first team all-district VI honors for the third consecutive season. She graduated from NMSU with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication with a 4.0 GPA this fall.