The Daily Aggie :: 08/05/10

The 2010 WAC volleyball preseason coaches poll was released yesterday and the Aggies were picked to finish second behind Hawai'i. The Aggies also had four players named to the preseason All-WAC team, the most of any of the nine schools. The four players, Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries, Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods, were all named to last year's All-Tournament team as well.

As far as the rest of the predicted finishes, last year's third place team, Idaho, was picked to finish sixth. Fresno State was picked to finish third, their highest preseason pick since the 2004 season. Utah State was picked to finish fourth, Boise State fifth, Nevada seventh, Louisiana Tech eighth and San Jose State ninth. As was the case last season, only the top six in the final regular season standings will play in the WAC tournament.

Here are a few quotes from coaches around the league (courtesy of their local papers or media relations departments).

[NM State head coach Mike Jordan]
"We have four first team all-conference players back, which is a great start. There's going to be good competition for a couple of lineup spots on our team and we are deeper than we were last year. I like the look of this team a lot. I think we can be every bit as good as we were in 2008, when we tied Hawai'i for the title and were nationally ranked all year."

[Hawai'i head coach Dave Shoji]
"We always use the WAC season to tweak anything we find out in the preseason. In the preseason there is not a lot of time to experiment or look at a lot of lineups because you want to win those matches. We've got to play to win.

"The WAC season allows us to run some different things, look at alignments and that sort of thing. I'm real hesitant to do that in the preseason."

[Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell]
"We're gaining momentum and respect within the conference -- I like this. I suppose our fast-track rebuilding has earned notice and I'm humbled."

[Utah State head coach Grayson Dubose]
"Preseason polls are just that - preseason, no one gets an award for the preseason poll. It is a way to get people thinking about our league and volleyball. Our team is looking forward to getting in the gym Monday and working hard to improve on last season."

[Idaho head coach Debbie Buchanan]
"We don't mind being picked sixth. That's not where we want to finish, but we know we're going to have to work hard every day to prove people wrong. That's a fair pick based on what we lost after last year."

Utah State has released its women's basketball schedule and the Aggie vs. Aggie battles will happen on Saturday, January 22nd in Las Cruces and Thursday, February 24th in Logan. New Mexico State swept the regular season series with Utah State last year winning 56-55 in Logan and then rolling to a 73-54 victory a month later.

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Nate Shaver And Ben Harty Having An Impact At The NBC World Series

Former Aggies Ben Harty and Nate Shaver are in Wichita, KS for the National Baseball Congress World Series and are making their presence felt. Both Shaver and Harty are playing for the Haysville (KS) Heat as the team makes it's run through the NBC bracket.

Harty, who missed a significant portion of the Aggies' season with a wrist injury, is currently batting .400 with 10 hits in 27 at-bats, four of those 10 hits were home runs and four more were doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored in the team's seven games spanning from the NBCWS Regionals and two World Series games. In the two World Series games he is batting a red-hot .714 with five hits in seven at-bats with three doubles, one home run and two RBIs while drawing two walks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Shortstop Ryan Aguayo Named To 2010 California Collegiate All-League Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Senior Ryan Aguayo recently earned third team honors on the 2010 California All-League Team while tallying 50 hits as a part of the San Luis Obispo Blues.

The Pico Rivera, Calif, native posted a .321 batting average, which was seventh best in the California Collegiate League (CCL). His 12 doubles was fourth-best in the league, adding 25 RBI and a team-leading six multiple RBI games.

A 2010 second-team All-WAC selection and an academic All-WAC selection, Aguayo posted a team-high 92 hits on the year, while posting a .365 batting average. He was in the top five in the Western Athletic Conference in RBI (66) and total bases (148). He also led the league in runs scored (76).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Golfer Tim Madigan Qualifies For U.S. Amateur

Aggie golfer Tim Madigan earned a spot in this year's U.S. Amateur golf championship later this month in Washington State. Madigan fired a 65 on Tuesday at the UNM Championship Golf Course to win the Sectional Qualifying Tournament by three shots over Pepperdine's Andrew Widmar (El Paso, TX). Madigan finished with a two-day total of 133. Both Madigan and Widmar qualified for the prestigious championship which will be played at Chambers Bay outside of Tacoma, Wash. August 23-29.

Madigan won the 2010 WAC title earlier this year by eight strokes and was named WAC Player of the Year.

Visit the USGA's U.S. Amateur site for more information on the championship including television listings, tee times and past champions.

Four Aggies Named To Preseason All-WAC Team; NM State Picked To Finish Second

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to finish second in the preseason poll, while the Aggies placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with four selections, the league office annouced.

The Aggies received 57 points in the poll, while earning one first-place vote, with Hawai'i taking eight first-place votes and earning 64 points. The Rainbow Wahine have been selected to win its 15th-straight WAC regular season title in 2010. Senior outside hitters Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods were Preseason All-WAC selections along with junior setter Jennah DeVries and junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. Rainbow Wahine outside hitter Kanani Danielson was selected as the preseason player of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/04/10

The Aggie women's soccer team kicks off fall practice today in preparation for the 2010 season. The Aggies are coming off a very successful inaugural season in which they finished 9-9-1 and advanced to the WAC Tournament.

This year the Aggies will look to build on that success from last season, a season that saw them in the hunt for the regular season title late into the season.

The Aggies have big shoes to fill in the form of goal keeper Katie Graul who played her final collegiate season at New Mexico State. The Aggies have some very good talent coming in this season including one player, Mary Kate Koziol, who was named by ESPN Rise as one of the top high school players in her state (Delaware) during this past spring.

The Aggies kick off the season on Friday, August 20th when they host rival UTEP. The Aggie soccer team will hold a kick-off fundraising party just eight days from now on Thursday, August 12th on the patio at The Game Sports Bar and Grill.

Another team looking to improve on an outstanding fall campaign will be the men's cross country team. The Aggies finished a best ever 4th at the WAC Men's Cross Country championships and will be paced by the brother duo of Ian and Jonah Ruybalid. The brothers finished 1-2 earlier this summer in the Native American 5K held in Albuquerque, N.M..

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/03/10

The Nevada Wolf Pack women's basketball team released their schedule yesterday which means that the WAC schedules are completed. The Aggie women will host the Wolf Pack on January 12th and travel to Reno on February 26th.

The release of the schedule by Nevada means that the WAC office is likely also done with the men's conference schedule as well so we could see the Aggie men's and women's basketball schedules released soon.

While we're on the subject of basketball, Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News checks in on the Aggie seniors, Wendell McKines and Gordo Castillo. Jason also has video from his interview with Gordo on his blog.

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/02/10

We're just outside of a month before college football season kicks off for New Mexico State. Last week the fall camp dates were announced.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News has a couple of recruiting items regarding a wide receiver who will play in the fall and a quarterback who will likely be for the 2011 class.

Joey Zager of BroncoCountry.com previews the 2010 Aggies while KTVB in Boise has video interviews with the Aggies who were at WAC Football Preview last week talking about what makes Boise State so good.

And also this morning Davon House was named to the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

The men's basketball team is also making news as they return to the practice court before their trip to Canada.

In addition to his story in the Sun-News, Jason Groves also blogged about what the Aggies are going to be looking for from this trip to Canada.

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Davon House Named To Jim Thorpe Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason “watch list” announced today includes 35 of the nation’s best defensive backs as the leading candidates for this year’s trophy, including New Mexico State’s senior defensive back Davon House. House becomes the first defensive back at NM State to be named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list.

In 2009, House, a native of Palmdale, Calif., was named a first team All-WAC selection, after leading the league and the Aggies in passes defended and interceptions. House also broke the school record for most interception return yards for a career. He tallied 68 tackles on the season and three interceptions. House recorded two touchdowns on the year, one interception return for a touchdown against Hawai’i (11/14) and the other a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown at Louisiana Tech (10/17). With his fumble return and interception return for touchdowns, House became the first Aggie player to do both during a single season since Gary Jessie accomplished this feat back in the mid-1990s. House also proved to be in the right place at the right time for interceptions in his career. He has nine to his name, which ranks him ninth all-time at NM State. With the 58-yard interception return against Hawai’i, House broke the school record for interception return yardage held for 28 years by James Ferebee (1978-81). House now has 271 interception return yards. At San Diego State (10/3), House grabbed seven tackles and his first interception of the season. Two games later, at Louisiana Tech, House scooped up a fumble and returned it 38 yards for his first career fumble return for a touchdown. Against Hawai’i, House recorded his second interception of the season, returning it 58 yards for his second touchdown of the season. He also broke the school record for interception return yardage for a career with that interception return. At Boise State (12/5), House tallied a career-high nine tackles including a career-high four pass break-ups. House was also named a 2009 Phil Steele’s Postseason All-WAC selection.

The Thorpe Award is one of college football’s most sought after and prestigious awards. It is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as “The Legend”, Thorpe also played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The Jim Thorpe Award “watch list” is determined by analysis of the pre-season All-American teams listed in at least six pre-season college football annual magazines. Four points are awarded for first team, three points for second team, two points for third and one point for honorable mentions. This procedure determines approximately 30-40 players on the pre-season watch list. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Kick-Off Party On The Patio, August 12th

As promised, I am writing to update you with our plans for our Aggie Soccer Kick-off Party on the Patio. We will be getting together at 6:30PM on August 12, 2010 at The Game Sports Bar and Grill. This will be an amazing opportunity for you to have a fun evening with everyone in our program. All coaches and players will be in attendance and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you better and for you to get to know us a better. Everyone is welcome, we will have schedule posters on hand and sharpies ready for autographs with the kids (and adults).

This will not be your average event, we are looking to have a fun evening with our fans or as we call them in soccer, our supporters. This event will expose our new players to how great the fans of Las Cruces are. I think back to one of our seniors last year, Katie Graul (Transfer Goalkeeper, First Team All-WAC), in a conversation after one of our games, she explained to all of our young players just how special it is to play here at New Mexico State and to play in Las Cruces, NM. She had played three years of collegiate soccer at other schools and had never seen the support you provided for us. She simply looked at me and asked if she could say something, I responded of course, this was her address to the team....

"Guys, look around, this is amazing, can you believe you are playing women's college soccer in front of this many people, awesome, just awesome guys!"

I wanted to reach out and personally invite you to our Aggie Soccer Kick-Off Party on the Patio. You support means so much not only to our program, but also to me personally. Thank you for your continued support of our program, see you on the 12th, come help us start this season off right!  Continue Reading This Post >>