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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/14/17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

bleedCrimson.net: Picked up a couple of wins last week and were able to win the regular season title. In the win at Grand Canyon you picked up your first five set win of the season. What were your thoughts about that win?
Mike Jordan: We were a little Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We really made some silly mistakes. Grand Canyon was pretty consistent throughout, dug a lot of balls, extended a lot of rallies and I thought served it pretty well. It's tough to win on the road. Teams play so much better at home in this league than they do on the road. We were inconsistent but we found ways in the end to make it happen. I was really disappointed in the fourth set. We had 20 kills in the set and lost. That's hard to do. I don't know that that's ever happened in my time here. We had five more kills than they did but we netted twice, we got called for two ball handling errors, just all these unforced errors came out of nowhere. We didn't serve it very efficiently. That fourth set was really the one where I was shaking my head when I was looking at the numbers at the end of it. I felt like it was a set we maybe should have dominated but fortunately we played well in the fifth, other than missing a couple of serves a little past the midway point. I think we missed back-to-back. That was frustrating but we were able to finish them off in the end.

bc.net: You had 10 kills and only one attack error in the fifth set. Fifth sets that you've played this year, you've had leads or been close in all of them and not been able to close out down the stretch of those sets. What was different in this one?
MJ: You're right, I was a little nervous about it and like I mentioned the serving, we had a lead and then we go back and miss a couple of serves and I really felt like, uh oh, here we go again. We've got to manage this game and not start making errors and fortunately I don't know that we made an error past that point, maybe just one. I was pretty happy with how efficient we were and we scored consistently in a couple of spots and that was a big deal.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At No. 21/22 St. Mary's 92-74

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MORAGA, CA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team kept within striking distance of No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s Monday night at the McKeon Pavilion, but just couldn’t keep up with the Gaels in the second half and fell 92-74.

“In the second half, we just kind of wore out a little bit,” Jans said. “To beat Saint Mary’s, with as well coached as they are and as well schooled as they are, you are going to have to play really, really good. We felt good about it going into the game. We felt like we had a chance. They were just too much in the end.”

New Mexico State (1-1) got the jitters all out of its system last Friday, as it exchanged blow-for-blow with No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s (2-0) the entire first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls In Season Opener To Western Michigan

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosted Western Michigan in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at the Pan American Center. In a game full of runs and momentum swings the Aggies fell behind in the fourth quarter and dropped the season opening contest, 64-55.

Following the loss head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on the team’s opener saying, “I challenge the team to form an identity defensively and I think we did that really well tonight, but we just didn’t have a great shooting night and a few consecutive possessions put us behind.”

The game began with little scoring from either side which kept the game close in the opening 10 minutes. The Aggies saw six players contribute to the scoring and the team trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Bracket Set

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2017 WAC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 16-18 at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas.

NM State is the top seed after winning its third straight WAC regular-season title. The Aggies are led by Kassandra Tohm, who leads the conference in WAC matches in kills per set (3.98) and points per set (4.20), and Tatyana Battle, who ranks seventh in the WAC in kills per set (3.40) and fifth in points per set (3.95). Libero Ariadnne Sierra ranks third in WAC matches with 5.08 digs per set.

Host UT Rio Grande Valley is the No. 2 seed after earning a sweep at Grand Canyon on Saturday. Junior Ragni Steen Knudsen leads the Vaqueros with 3.68 kills per set in WAC matches, while Bojana Mitrovic had a WAC-best 10 double-doubles in league play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield To Close Out WAC Regular Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State volleyball swept CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies took down CSUB 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 to close out the regular season.

"Other than the bad start in the third set, we managed the game pretty well. I wasn't really happy with the ball control. We need to pass and set it better than we did today," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We worked hard and served it really well in stretches, that was a real positive. I'd obviously like to see better balance from us. At the end of the day, I'm proud of this group for going on the run we are on and being WAC Champions this season."

How It Happened  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Opens Jans Era With 81-55 Victory Over East Central Oklahoma

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A huge second-half surge coupled with great performances from veteran players powered the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past East Central Oklahoma in its season and home-opener Friday night inside the Pan American Center.

With the win, the Aggies are 68-42-1 when playing in season-openers and 55-18-1 when both their season and home-openers were on the same night. NM State is also 82-27-1 all-time in home-openers now after the win on Friday night.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/06/17

bleedCrimson.net: You picked up a pair of wins over the weekend and it was the best offensive performance you've had from your middles all season and I'm sure something you've been waiting to see for quite a while.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, we're working hard at point scoring in other spots besides Sasha and our outside hitters. When Brielle Sterns was in the lineup before she got hurt and obviously Jordan Abalos before she got hurt, we had five players right away that could score points. We knew Lia Mosher would eventually get to that point this season where she could score more for us and that's starting to happen. But obviously you want as many players in the lineup that can score as possible. It just makes life so much easier. To our players' credit, they're all working hard at adjusting their games and making themselves more available, especially in transition in the middle. We're finding them and they're doing good things.

bc.net: Megan Hart had arguably the best back-to-back games that she's had maybe in her entire time at NMSU. What allowed her to have, I don't know if you want to call it a breakout but certainly her best weekend overall?
MJ: It's been part of the goal of this group, to make everyone a little bit better offensively, to do a little bit more. She's working harder at attacking with more pace and she's put some heat on the ball and she's done very well. There's a reason we recruited her. She's 6-4, 6-5 and she has arm speed. She's just got to be more aggressive and make herself more available more often and she can score. We're happy to see some progress. I'm hopeful that it'll continue.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: Chris Jans Press Conference :: 11/06/17

Tatyana Battle Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER – NM State junior outside hitter Tatyana Battle has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. This is her first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career.

The Albuquerque, N.M. native led the Aggies to 2-0 record last week, averaging 5.08 points, 4.17 digs, 4.00 kills, 0.83 blocks and 0.50 service aces per set. Battle posted back-to-back double-doubles to double her season total. She opened the week with 10 kills, 15 digs and two blocks in a sweep of Utah Valley. Battle then followed it up with a match-high 14 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and a match-high three service aces in a sweep of Seattle U to keep the Aggies in sole possession of first place in the WAC standings with one week left in the regular season. She currently ranks ninth in the WAC in kills (3.13) and 10th in points (3.54).

Cedric Wilcots II Named Sun Belt Defensive Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference announced the players of the week on Monday morning. After a career night on the road versus Sun Belt foe Texas State, New Mexico State defensive end Cedric Wilcots II earned the defensive player of the week nod.

Wilcots was all over the field on Saturday posting five tackles, including a career-high three sacks. The sack total had not been recorded by an Aggie since Aubrey Dorisme had three against Middle Tennessee on Oct. 11, 2003.

The sophomore also tallied three forced fumbles, the first three of his career. This disruptive play helped give the Aggies the edge in the turnover margin against the Bobcats.

This is Wilcots’ first Sun Belt Player of the Week honor and the fourth this season for an Aggie with quarterback Tyler Rogers and defensive back Ron LaForce earning the honor on Sept. 11 and Shamad Lomax receiving the distinction on Sept. 25.  Continue Reading This Post >>