Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/17 Last week you took a trip out west to take on Seattle and Utah Valley. You picked up a sweep of Seattle and it looked like the team played pretty well.
Mike Jordan: We did play well, especially defensively. I felt we were really solid. Brielle Sterns sprained her ankle in the second set, about midway through it and we continued to play well even without her in the lineup. It's the third set that was a little bit more of a struggle because she's becoming a pretty good offensive option for us. Losing her has been tough. I like the defensive effort we made against Seattle. I thought we served it pretty well, did a good job of blocking and our outside hitters played great. All of our pin players played really, really well. That was a bonus for sure. You had a five set match against Utah Valley, you were up 2-1 and the fifth set was a lot like every other fifth set that you've played this year where you're real close or leading right around the nine or ten point mark and the other team goes on an extended point run or wins five out of six or six out of seven.
MJ: Yeah, we got stuck in a rotation in that fifth set late and made a lot of attack errors unfortunately. We had seven attack errors in the fifth set alone. We had ten in the fourth. We were up 2-1 and then the fourth set we really started getting error prone again and we weren't getting anything out of the quick attackers and our other opposite attacker. Sasha played well, Tatyana started well but finished poorly. Kassie played well throughout attacking. We were scoring there but we weren't scoring other places and we had a lot of opportunities and we just didn't get it done. It's frustrating but until we learn to make plays late in games or we find offense somewhere else, we're going to wind up struggling a little bit at times and that's what's happening. You can look at it two ways, we're four matches in five sets, we're 0-4. We're really close to being 15-3 on the season and instead we're 11-7. Which team are we? Which are we closer to? Are we closer to being a 15-win team or an 11-win team? I think we're somewhere in the middle but with Jordan and now Brielle out, it's going to be much more difficult for us to win and we're going to have to wind up asking some people who don't have a lot of experience to make a lot of plays for us and maybe late in games. But it's an opportunity for other people to step up and hopefully they'll do that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Picked To Finish Second In WAC Preseason Polls

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2017-18 New Mexico State men's basketball team was selected to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference in both the WAC Preseason Coaches and Media Polls on Wednesday.

"Fortunately, the league office doesn't hand out banners and trophies in the preseason," Aggie head coach Chris Jans remarked. "It looks like the preseason voting was close and it could eventually shape up to be a tight race down the stretch. We hope to be a part of a competitive conference season."

The last time NM State was picked to finish second in both polls came in 2010. The Aggies were picked to finish atop the league in both polls for four-straight season prior. The 2012 preseason media poll was the last time NM State didn't get picked to win the league crown. The previous year in 2011 was also the last time New Mexico State was picked second in both polls.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference title in the 2017-18 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Alexis Montgomery from Seattle U was selected as Preseason Player of the Year.

Junior forward Brooke Salas was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Placentia, Calif. native was named First-Team All-WAC after averaging 13.5 PPG, 1.5 steals and 6.5 rebounds to go with her .418 shooting clip.

In the coaches poll, senior guard Zaire Williams earned second-team honors after scoring a season-high 19 points against Seattle U, dishing out a career-high 12 assists and led the Aggies with a .450 three-point shooting percentage during the 2016-17 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At App State 45-31

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BOONE, N.C. - The New Mexico State football team took on Sun Belt Conference foe Appalachian State on Saturday in Kidd Brewer Stadium. In a game full of back-and-forth action, turnovers plagued the Aggies and as they fell to the Mountaineers, 45-31.

NM State (2-4, 0-2 SBC) came out flying with a forced fumble on a rush by App State (3-2, 2-0 SBC) on the first play of the opening drive. The resulting series saw the Aggies miss a 36-yard field goal and keep the contest scoreless.

The Mountaineers were then held to a four-and-out on their next drive. Larry Rose III took the ensuing punt back 37 yards all the way to the App State 27 and gave the Aggies great field position. NM State moved down the field on a drive that ended with Tyler Rogers hitting Bryce Roberts for a four-yard touchdown, the first of the game and first of the freshman tight end’s career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Drops Five Set Match At Utah Valley

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OREM, UT - New Mexico State volleyball was defeated by Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies fell to the Wolverines in a five-set thriller 25-22, 17-25. 25-22, 20-25, 10-15. NM State is now 0-4 in five-set matches.

"We didn't get any offense or blocking from a few people today. We served it poorly in stretches and shot ourselves in the foot too often," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It's tough to play without two starters but it's an opportunity for others to step up. Give credit to UVU, the team made plays when they needed to."

How It Happened

NM State started the match by taking a 7-2 lead early in the first set. The lead dwindled for the Aggies and Utah Valley tied the match 14-14. New Mexico State went point-for-point with the Wolverines and NM State scored the final three points of the set to win 25-22.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State volleyball team swept Seattle U on Thursday night. The Aggies took down the Redhawks 25-13, 25-19, 25-21 for their first road win of the season.

"This was a good team win for us tonight. We had moments where we were really efficient and doing good things. I loved what we did defensively,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “Seattle U served it really tough which made it harder for us to score inside. I’d like to see more balance but I was pretty impressed with the effort tonight.”

How It Happened

The Aggies started off hot in the first set and Kassandra Tohm tallied four-straight kills to help New Mexico State take a five-point lead. The Redhawks charged back, coming within three of NM State, but New Mexico State remained in control and took a 17-9 advantage. The Aggies closed out the set by scoring a pair of points to take the set 25-13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Releases 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The wait is finally over as New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans unveiled the 2017-18 schedule on Wednesday.

The schedule features 15 non-conference contests, including six, possibly seven, teams that recorded 20-plus wins last season – including six that saw postseason action.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/02/17 A couple of good wins at home last week. Given the loss of Jordan Abalos, I know you were a little concerned about what you might see from your team and who might step up but the team took care of business both nights.
Mike Jordan: Obviously we'd still rather play with Jordan than without Jordan. Jordan perfect passes at a high percentage and that's a valuable thing. But the young women we've got in place, Kassie [Tohm] and Tatyana [Battle], our DS's that might step in and pass a little bit more in her absence, they're pretty good at it. It's not as though we're not a good passing team. I think we were the best passing team in the conference with her. I think we can still be the best passing team in the conference without her. It's just going to skew the numbers a little bit but I still think we're a pretty good receiving team and can get a pretty good first swing a high percentage of the time. That turned out to be the case against Chicago State and UMKC. Chicago State in particular has a couple of pretty tough servers and we handled it pretty well. Every day is different obviously. Every time you put on the uniform you're going to face different servers who are going to try different things against you. I feel like as long as we're competing hard that we're going to hold up in that aspect of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Chanachai Named WAC Women's Golfer Of The Month

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Pun Chanachai has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Month for September.

Chanachai, a sophomore from Bangkok, Thailand (The Demonstration School of Ramkhamhaeng), continued right where she left off last season, earning victories in both tournaments she entered and leading the Aggies to a pair of team titles as well. In the season-opening Hobble Creek Fall Classic, she shot a 9-under-par 204 to finish first, posting all three rounds in the 60s. She followed that up with a win at the Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic, shooting an 11-under-par 205 which included a WAC-record 9-under-par 63 in the tournament’s second round. She is currently ninth in the Golfstat Cup rankings and 15th in the Golfweek Individual Rankings.